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…

writing place

Find Your Writing Place

I am sitting on my lanai, where I’ve been for the past two hours, writing. It’s incredibly humid, but not unbearably hot due to an ongoing thunderstorm. Lightning flashes close by, with increasing frequency, and I’m reminded of the safety lessons I was taught as a kid. I’m sitting on a wrought iron chair, six…

Time to write

Finding the Time To Write

One of the biggest deterrents to writing a book is finding the time to write. While you can write a, shall we say, “lesser” book – an ebook or a quickly thrown together collection of blog posts, the book that you’ll use as your brand flagship deserves and needs your time and careful attention. There…

Almost Famous

Short Takes: Almost Famous

A few years back, I had a friend who would say, “Barbara, you’re on the cusp. You are right there. I can see that you’re going to be famous!” (Yeah, I know. We need to hire her to hang out with us when we’re having bad days, right?) I would smile and thank her, knowing…

Project

Project Hangover

I have a hangover and I didn’t drink last night. (Or for the past several nights, come to think of it. I’m slipping!) But I have that uncomfortable feeling, a little queasy, a bit of a headache. Maybe it’s the nagging knowledge that I should have done something and didn’t. It’s the open loop. The…

Bestselling Author

On Being a Bestselling Author

I’ve talked about being a bestselling author before in videos and seminars, but the topic has been the subject of so much debate in two writers’ groups that I am in that I can’t resist diving back in again An article by Brent Underwood in The Observer (Behind the Scam) discussed how he became an…