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Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark | Co.Design | business + design.

This from Fast Company.  Why do we write in the early morning and watch the dawn?  Or why do some of my clients do their best work in the middle of the night?  We interviewed one author who writes her horror stories in the dark, and manages to scare herself!

With the time change in the northern hemisphere, it’s darker sooner and longer.  It’s also time to knocked out a novel during November – can you take advantage of the dark?  I love long days, but … Read more


Rachael Thompson answers the questions –

How Often Should Authors Post To Social Media?.

“Why even bother with social media? Well. So many reasons, but the main one is that social media builds relationships. If you focus more on curating and sharing cool content as opposed to being a link automaton, you’ll make friends.

The old sales adage ‘Make a friend, make a sale,’ applies in critical ways to our author platform.”

Rachael delivers great information for authors –  but what if we don’t like twitter?  Or what if it’s too much to handle?  I am … Read more

Top Ten Excuses Not To Do NaNoWriMo |

I took a class with Louise – great teacher!

She sums up at least ten of the very good reasons we have for not launching into something different or scary.  Her insights can be applied to most anything:  I can’t travel because:

  • I don’t have the time

  • I’m not a real traveler
  • I’m not good enough
  • I don’t have enough experience.

You can apply this to returning to school or to starting a family.  I think anything that is worthwhile in the end is often scary as hell in the … Read more

Julie Luek chronicles the many opportunities to binge write during the dull cold month of November:

[Making the Leap] Are You Participating in a NaNo? – She Writes.

At Newbie Writers, we are big fans of NaNoWriMo.  They just need to send me that logo coffee mug I bought three weeks ago.  But other than that, I love the project and recommend it to my clients if they need to kick start their novel efforts.

Why has this project become so popular?

  • It’s fun
  • It’s commercial free
  • There is no real prize except satisfaction
  • It’s  far less a contest
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9 Critical Questions to ask before hiring a Writing Coach

You are ready to write your book – you have 96 slide decks, 13 white papers and you are

roman arena

Find the right writing coach

clearly, clearly!  the expert in your field.  All you lack is the gravitas of the title “author”.  What is your next step?

Hire a coach (actually there are many steps, this one is the easiest and most expedient way to get the book to publication). But how do you know which coach is best?  What should you look for in a coach?

Here are the critical … Read more

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