Tag Archives: Book writing template

Concentrating Where You Can

Write where you can. When you can. However you can. I admire folks who can continue to concentrate whatever the situation. In my many years as a journalist for a big newspaper I needed to be able to concentrate amid the noise of a newsroom (that noise is lessened now that most people arrange appoints […]

Share Your Story

“Stories only happen to people who can tell them” ~ Roy H. Williams Writing is good for the soul. It feeds a part of many of us that is otherwise silent and forgotten. Creative writing is a lost art of expression and release. It’s a way to give voice to what happens during your day. […]

Don’t Think About Awards, Think About Message

I read a wrap-up about the recent Grammy Awards in which a writer complained that the Grammies continually overlook cutting-edge artists in favor of popular entertainers, even talented ones like Adele. The first thing is, this was an awards ceremony. And awards aren’t exactly cutting-edge, whatever that means (usually it’s an arbitrary ruling in the […]

Whose Team Do You Play On?

Roy H. Williams, author of The Wizard of Ads, said it best (paraphrased): “The only thing more important than who you select to play on your team is, who selects you to play on their team.” I fundamentally believe that this is the most important criterion for success, not only for life, but also for […]

A Ninja Writing Guide

Little arm hairs raise on end. Bumps form on my skin, desperately struggling to retain warmth. It’s freezing in this room as I type away on the computer. I want to be in bed! If only that guy standing next to the refrigerator hadn’t asked me to write a Ninja Writing Guide—– This one’s for […]

Stealing Time for Breakfast

Work threatened to snow me under. Demands crept closer to my little kitchen table. I’d just returned home from a business trip to consult with a new, long-term marketing client. It had gone amazingly well, but they were the 2nd client I had added in two weeks. My mind drowned in possibilities, responsibilities, and writing […]

Realizing the True Fruits of Your Labor

It took Susan Patron ten years to write her first novel, The Higher Power of Lucky (Simon & Schuster, 2006). When writing it, she would race home from work, grab a quick bite to eat, and then dive headlong into the nuances of character development until the wee hours of the morning. She also sacrificed […]

Bestseller, Version 2.0.15

Have you never written a book before? Is your promotional budget bookended by parentheses? Congratulations. You might just have what it takes to become a bestselling author. It could be a vulnerable thing for a professional book promoter to admit, but hey — it’s the truth. Just ask Tim Ferriss. His first book, The 4-Hour […]

Write Your Mind

How is it that people who have a lot to say often feel they have nothing to write? This isn’t that they’re not writers. It’s that they’re not organized.  Or, that they’re too organized — they defeat themselves by prejudging their abilities. You don’t have to be a “writer” to be an effective writer. You […]