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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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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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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Conversation, Writing, and Coaching

On one level, it seems fairly obvious how I got from studying and teaching literature and writing, to being an editor, to being a writing coach. My training

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How will it feel to see your book on the shelf?

The test copy of my book arrived this week! When you publish your book as a printed book (as opposed to an ebook), you can order a test

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How I fit writing in around my life

If you follow me for any length of time, you’ll find I’m insistent that you can (almost always) fit writing in around everything else you need to do.

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Who is your ideal reader?

Why do you need to identify her (or him or them)? If you know who your ideal reader is, it will be easier to write your book. Writing

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