One of the most fun and fruitful parts of revamping Write Llke You Talk–Only Better has been hearing what people think: about the bigger and better draft, how they used the first edition, the million and one possible subtitles, cover
At a webinar this week, I was shocked to hear that the moderator, and the two co-hosts, all hate to write. Ironically, these smart, articulate men were talking about writing ebooks. As many of you know, I’m writing a new
When I want to impress people, I tell them to google “awesome” and they will find me. Actually, they have to google “alternatives to awesome” or “other ways to say awesome” to find me quickly. Still, it’s close. Almost every
It’s often said that effective writers must be avid readers. Not necessarily. Although most professional writers love to read, anyone who wants to build relationships through written words needs to soak up and analyze other media and live conversations too.
Don’t you hate it when you realize you don’t follow your own advice? Don’t you get frustrated when you figure out what looked good yesterday is actually crap? That happened to me this week after I’d written a story about
When I was a girl, I lived in the shadow of my younger, smarter brother Brian. Brain, as some of us called him, was the top student not only in our school, but also the county and possibly the country.
You know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head? What if you could create those kinds of ear worms with your writing? People would be unable to stop thinking about you. Okay, perhaps that’s a little
Stories changed my life. Here’s what happened — and some lessons for anyone who wants to influence people through storytelling. More than 20 years ago, I hit bottom. Although I had stopped smoking pot from morning till night, I still indulged when
Although people keep saying that online writing is a conversation, many still write as if they’ re weighted down by years of conditioning from mean grammar teachers and boring bosses. The best antidote is to read what you’ve written out loud. You can
The following post comes from a draft for the new introduction to the second edition of my book, Write like you talk–only better. Do you recognize yourself or people you know in any of the scenarios? Provide me with feedback and