Sources to imitate creatively
What comes to mind when you hear the word “imitation” in the context of writing?  Do you think of plagiarism? Lack of creativity?  What if instead you thought of creating by imitating as a way to avoid reinventing the wheel?  Using good structures that others have polished just makes  your...
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Podcast announcement
I had the great honor and pleasure to be invited to The Purpose Girl podcast for a podcast on writing. Carin Rockind asked me questions about how to get writing done and out the door.  Carin shared that writing a book is one of her dreams.  We talked about ways...
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Picture book sailin gship
Do you find it hard to get started writing because the words aren’t perfect as they appear on the page? Do you find yourself erasing almost as many as you write? Do you keep redoing things over and over and never finish? Perhaps it’s time to set your inner perfectionism...
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Improve writing by reading Atul Gawande's excellent books
The very first experiment in Sit Write Share suggests that you improve your writing by reading excellent writing.  As far as I’m concerned, any reading is good. Feel free to enjoy comic books or suspense novels. It is also wise to spend some time reading works by people who are very...
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Golden Rule Way
Since I launched my book, I have heard from numerous people who make their money helping others market books. How do I figure out which services will feel valuable and which will leave me feeling burned?  Even more, what can I learn that will make my own book marketing follow...
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Laundry as a metaphor for marketing activities
Now that my book is launched, I’ve been asking myself what book marketing activities I can pursue to bring attention to my book.  Some options make me feel very uncomfortable.  Does the discomfort come from doing something unfamiliar, or does it show that particular book marketing activity is a bad...
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Press Kit Purpose
What Comes After the Book Launch? As the excitement of the launch dies down, what do you do to attract the attention of your ideal readers?  How do you show up on their book-buying radar screens? While thinking about these questions to market Sit Write Share, I flipped through the...
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Making it harder: Sisyphus rock
Last night, I asked someone who really wants to write but hasn’t been getting it done, “Are you making writing harder than it needs to be?” She thought that summed up her situation, so we spent our time together exploring ways that she could make it easier. Writing can be...
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Scientific sibling of The Artist's Way
Should I Ask for a Kirkus Review? As mentioned in Share Experiment 15, it is possible to purchase a Kirkus review of a book.  Even though it’s a purchased review, Kirkus retains credibility because they don’t guarantee a positive review. What did I have to gain?  Libraries and bookstores often...
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