Tag Archives: tips on writing a book

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 […]

Goals Won’t Get You Where You Want to Go

I stopped setting goals. I suggest you stop, too. Before you and Zig Ziglar hurl rotten vegetables my way in protest, let me explain. Although I’ve stopped setting goals, I haven’t become a low-life couch potato whose primary function is taking up space and collecting dust. Quite the contrary. Rather than setting goals, I make […]

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 […]

One Time At A Party . . .

“I once thought I should write a book about it,” Sarah said. My ears perked up in the midst of our New Year’s game of spades out at a central Texas ranch. “But I just never got around to it. It probably would have just been for me if I had,” she continued. “What did […]

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 […]

Controversy Sells Books

Controversy sells books, of course, even bad books. But for serious-minded books, a controversial reception can mean the difference between a certain grudging respect and actual success. You may have heard of a novel, The Kindly Ones, by Jonathan Littell, published in English several years ago. The book was first published in France in 2006 as […]