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The Road To Writing a Book

The Road To Writing a Book

I’ve been a ghostwriter and book writing coach for over twenty years. During that time, I talked to dozens of people about the book they wanted to write and noticed a common pattern. They seem to take similar roads to writing their books. If you think you might want...

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Great Writing Is More Than Writing

Great Writing Is More Than Writing

"The process of writing is not the process of typing on the keyboard; it's the process of crawling around on my carpet, organizing my piles [of paper].” David Brooks’ quote sounds weird. We’re used to imagining the work of writing as some form of sitting or standing...

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The Magic of Creativity

The Magic of Creativity

It's a funny thing about creativity. The very things that make you successful in other areas can be the things that stifle the spirit of discovery. So much of our work is about busyiness, about doing things whether they make sense or not, just to feel like you're...

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Using Poetry To Improve Your Nonfiction Writing

Using Poetry To Improve Your Nonfiction Writing

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." ~ Rita Dove Good news! You don’t have to let poets have all the fun. You can use poetry to make your language stronger and your descriptions more vivid. I know this because I wanted to be a poet once. When...

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2 Reasons Why You Need Help To Write Your Book

2 Reasons Why You Need Help To Write Your Book

The bookcase just didn’t fit in. When Bill and I lived in the same city, we spent a good deal of time together, mostly investigating the local brew pubs. Then we each moved to different cities but stayed in touch. I was giving a speech in his town and stayed an extra...

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4 Ways to Make Progress on Your Book Every Day

4 Ways to Make Progress on Your Book Every Day

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer studied the inner work life of 238 people by analyzing more than 12,000 daily work diary entries. That research resulted in what they call “The Progress Principle.” Here it is from their book with that name. “Of all the positive events...

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