Write a book in 3 days

Write Your Own Book in 3 Days

Did you know Voltaire wrote Candide in three days?   IN FRENCH?? Now that’s talent. (And for the record, it’s also not true. But a great story, yeah?) You can write your own book in three days. It probably won’t be the Great American Novel. It probably won’t be your Signature Book. (I sincerely hope you…

Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene, whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, works to draw the reader in. When people refer to books as boring or dry, it’s because the author didn’t set the scene properly, if at all. We learn best through stories. Whenever I find myself trying to haul too much stuff in one load, my…

Personal Brand

Your Personal Brand

A business, for better or worse, reflects the personality of its leader and that is why it is so important to understand and shape your personal brand. Your personal brand is an extension of your own personality, your principles and philosophies, and, as long as I’m on an alliterative P kick here, your passions. Mike…

Writing Pace

Your Writing Pace

What’s your writing pace? Are you a fast or slow writer? Are you haunted by the question how fast **should**  be writing? Hemingway wrote a consistent and disciplined 400 – 600 words a day. That’s not a lot. However, it was perfect (for Hemingway, that is) when he was done with it—no rewrites, no editing…

Proud Mom

Short Takes: Make Your Mom Proud

There are many , many reasons to write a book but this is one of the best: You can make your Mom proud. Feel free to substitute in “Dad,” your spouse’s or significant other’s name, your kids, your grandparents, your friend who has always believed in you and cheered you on. Maybe even yourself… Some…