How long does it actually take to write a book? Part 2: Pre-work (3+ hours)

Since you're writing your expert book (a book about how you help your clients), you don't need to do any research before you start. Surprised? You shouldn't be

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How long does it actually take to write a book? Part 1: Myth of the natural writer

When you hear that someone is writing a book, do you imagine that they're spending hours and hours every day in front of their computer typing away? Do

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Do you know enough to write a book?

Would-be authors ask me whether they know enough to write a book all the time. It’s in the top 3 concerns people have about writing a book –

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Quick fix pitfalls for authors

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve seen a lot from me about how to make writing easier and how to keep your book from

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Keep Your Work Safe

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing the first draft of a book about writing a book about your business. As I was preparing to print the

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How a Writing Ritual Puts You in Control of Your Creativity

How a Writing Ritual Puts You in Control of Your CreativityHave you thought about your writing ritual lately?Rituals are powerful. We all already know that. If rituals weren’t

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How to Write Like You Talk to Your Friends

In a blog post from 2011, Seth Godin famously pointed out: ‘No one ever gets talker’s block.’ He goes on to argue that writer’s block should be equally

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The Stories of Our Lives

If you’ve come across Donald Miller’s Building a Story Brand (2017) – or work by anyone who’s been influenced by him – you’ll know that story and narrative

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Half Lives

I recently asked a former client, Lucy Jane Santos, to write a post about her recently published book, Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium. I edited some

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Jump in at the Deep End: Be a Fearless Writer

Before a swimming lesson when I was about two years old I jumped in at the deep end of the pool. I loved jumping into the water, so

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