Test Your Own Processes

Many times when I write about something, I’m really clarifying my thoughts and giving advice to myself. The process of physically writing something out helps me to organize the information, sort through what is pertinent and what is not, and (hopefully) create a logical progression that leads to clear direction. This happens when you teach…

Edit

Types of Editing

There are several types of editing (and editors), but for our purposes, we’ll look at the broad categories of copy and line editing. How do they differ? Copy Editing and Proofreading The copy editor looks for mistakes on a very technical level. Copy editors look for typos, grammar, and spelling errors, but they are more…

Use It or Lose It

I don’t know anyone who runs a marathon without training. I just got back from over a week of traveling which involved working two three-day live events. Our smart, motivated attendees were popping with ideas and were just plain FUN! We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and I may have eaten a tad too…

Your first book

Completing Your First Book

There’s a strategy to completing your first book and that is to make things as easy on yourself as possible. Nine out of ten people who start writing a book don’t finish.  Over the dozen or so years that I’ve been ghostwriting and coaching new authors, I’ve developed a number of strategies to help wannabe…

Stuck

15 Pages and Stuck

15 pages and stuck is a pattern I uncovered after talking with many (many!) frustrated people who were trying to write a book. Someone would sit down to write their book, get about 15 or 20 pages in (sometimes 10), and get stuck. They had hit a dead end. Then they would contact me, either…