2
Oct

Writing Journal 51: Scheduling and Planners 

Writing Journal 51: Scheduling and Planners

Writing Journal 51: Scheduling and Planners

My writing journal for Thursday, October 2, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another meeting this morning, so I need to prepare for that. I’m still working on the mystery novel. I’ve developed the crime, as I mentioned yesterday. I’m still undecided about the sleuth. I’ve created three prospects; none make me want to jump up and down and scream: YES! All rather blah, and…

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1
Oct

Become a Writer By Sharing 

Become a Writer By Sharing

Become a Writer By Sharing

As you may know, going forward, we’ll be focusing more on entrepreneurial writing — growing a real business with your writing skills. I know that readers come to this blog, wondering whether/ if/ how they can become a writer.

These days, whether they like it or not, almost everyone everywhere is a writer of some kind. If you want to make a living at it, you need to decide what you’ll do, rather…

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1
Oct

Publishing: Oh, the Horror 

Publishing: Oh, the Horror

Publishing is a business. Wow, stating the blindingly obvious, right? Yes, but many writers have a strange view of publishing. Publishers (and editors and literary agents) are seen as close to god-like. Carolyn Jewel will tell you what happens when the you-know-what hits the fan in a publishing company.

The Flush Pile – An Author’s Perspective

It’s not pretty, but it happens. As Carolyn says:

If…

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30
Sep

Websites for Writers: Mediumly Useful 

Websites for Writers: Mediumly Useful

Websites for Writers: Mediumly Useful

You’re a freelance writer. Do you have a website? Please don’t flinch. Websites for writers are still a contentious issue, and I’ve no idea why that should be so. Your website is your silent salesperson. It helps clients to find you.

Of course, writers aren’t alone in dragging their feet on websites. Many companies do the same thing; they set up a Facebook page, and that’s their “website”.

You…

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30
Sep

Writing Journal 49: Your Book Proposal 

Writing Journal 49: Your Book Proposal

Writing Journal 49: Your Book Proposal

My writing journal for Tuesday, September 30, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Busy, busy… Just when you think things are under control, they get busier. :-) I’ve just taken on a new ghostwriting client, who wants a business book. Two books, in fact. A short Kindle version, plus an advanced book on the same topic. The “advanced” book will be published on KDPand on…

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29
Sep

Writer Coaching: Team Up Closing (24 Hours) 

Writer Coaching: Team Up Closing (24 Hours)

Writing Coaching: It's Team Up Time Again

Are you ready for 2015? Our final Team Up session of writer coaching closes in 24 hours. It’s your chance to get coaching at a fraction of its usual cost.

Already enrolled:

  • A writer who wants to write Kindle short stories (he’s heard they’re profitable, but he’s a newspaper journalist who’s only ever written non-fiction;
  • A writer who’s struggling to complete a book— he can’t get motivated to…

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29
Sep

Writing Journal 48: Become a Better Writer Via Your Kindle 

Writing Journal 48: Become a Better Writer Via Your Kindle

Writing Journal 48: Become a Better Writer Via Your Kindle

My writing journal for Monday, September 29, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Happy days. The novellahas gone off to the contract editor. She’s fast, so it should be back by the end of the week. As you may know, this is the final in the series of novellas; I’m glad to be done with them. I’m very much like that: when I get close to the end of a piece of writing, I want to…

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28
Sep

Become a Better Writer (and Profit) 

Become a Better Writer (and Profit)

5 Ways to Become a Better WriterI just posted 5 Ways to Become a Better Writer.

I’m posting it here too, because it’s important: concerns about not being “a good writer” underlie most writers’ struggles. Pay attention. When you KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re becoming a better writer every day, it will boost your confidence.

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28
Sep

5 Ways to Become a Better Writer 

5 Ways to Become a Better Writer

5 Ways to Become a Better Writer

Everyone wants to become a better writer today. No, not “a writer”. A better writer, because no matter who you are, these days, your life involves writing. You may not like it. You may struggle against it, but today business is 24-hour, non-stop, and global. You need to communicate often, and do it well. Preferably, without slamming your head against your desk, and wishing you were dead.

Let’s…

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28
Sep

Writing Journal 47: Your Idea Factory 

Writing Journal 47: Your Idea Factory

Writing Journal 47: Your Idea Factory

My writing journal for Sunday, September 28, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

I woke up early, and started the day by outlining some ideas and insights. I’m happy to report that my bullet journalis VERY useful for this, and for idea generation. It encourages you to jot down any bright or dim idea which flits through your brain. You can develop them, or not, but at least…

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