how to write a book


Need Motivation to Write? How to Stop Procrastinating 3

“Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” Here’s how to stop procrastinating and start writing words that matter – even if you don’t have a needle yet. “I am working on a thesis in, ironically, how to analyze a Shakespearean sonnet,” said Evan in response to Overcoming Procrastination for Writers. “The irony is that I’m writing about the most famous […]

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

7 Essential Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your Book 1

These tips on how to write the first draft of your book range from left to right brain strategies, and will help you start and keep writing. The first tip comes from a reader’s comment on my wicked old post on writing first drafts: “My favorite help (and salvation) for writing the first draft came from Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method,” says Delena […]

How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated 4

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your motivation levels high. If you’re […]

how to stay motivated writing a novel

Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive 2

These writing techniques won’t make your words come alive unless you actually apply them to your writing. That is, you need to edit your work by looking for each technique in your writing. The only way to write better is to rewrite your work. If you’re serious about learning how to write better, read Improve Your Writing Skills: Powerful Techniques for Mastering […]

Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

How to Find the Courage to Write 1

Successful writers know how to find the courage to write – especially when they’re scared! These tips are inspired by William Faulkner’s famous writing quip about killing your darlings, and by The Parable of the Mountain Climber. I’m not saying you’ll find courage to write if you steal from other writers – but from Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told […]

How to Find Courage to Write

Why You Can’t Write – 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay motivated to keep writing. One cause of writer’s block is perfectionism. “[A writer who is a perfectionist] expects her first drafts to be polished and well […]

Why You Can’t Write Causes of Writer’s Block

8 Tips for Writing Your Life Story 8

The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five are from Writing the Memoir, and the rest are from my research on writing autobiographies, memoirs, and life stories. For a step-by-step guide on writing the story of your life, read Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington. A book like this […]

how to write life story