Archive for August, 2009

All Play and No Work Dulls the Mind of an Author

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I’m still vacationing, but carved out a pocket of time to touch base with all of you who enjoy this blog. Besides, all play and no work makes for a rather dull mind, right? It has occurred to me that a writer is never completely at play or at rest. It seems that there is […]

Freelance Writing for Funds and FUN

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I received a newsy email from a writing friend this morning. She told me about some interesting assignments she had lined up and it reminded me of how much fun freelance writing can be. As most of you know, it has been a little while since I’ve been in the freelance article-writing trenches. And sometimes […]

Lessons in Article/Blog/Book Structure

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Lately, I’ve written quite a bit about ideas for writers—how to come up with ideas for your articles, books, speeches and blogs and how to slice, dice and mince those ideas into hundreds of others. I hope that my suggestions have helped in your write-to-publish efforts. Now let’s talk about fleshing out those ideas and […]

Publishing is NOT Advanced Writing

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

For years, I’ve been saying, “Publishing is not an extension of your writing.” In other words, you can’t just ease into the world of publishing using the same skills and techniques you use in writing. As you know, writing is a craft and publishing is a business. Well, publishing is not advanced writing, either. You […]

Pitch Your Nonfiction Book in One-Minute Segments

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Are you familiar with Dr. Oz—the heart surgeon and alternative health advocate who visits Oprah’s show fairly regularly? I learned of him when our local news station began running his one-minute health segments. It fascinates me how he can share good information and make an excellent point within a scant one-minute pocket of time. And […]

Surveys, Interviews and Other Forms of Interrogation

Monday, August 24th, 2009

How do you feel about being interviewed? Does it make you nervous—seem invasive? What about conducting surveys—do you cringe at the thought of answering survey questions? Many people dislike being put on the spot like this. Some just don’t like taking the time to fill out questionnaires or respond to personal questions. I, on the […]

Sell More Books By Changing How You Do It

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

On this day in 2006—three years ago—I wrote in this blog about the ebb and flow of writing. I pointed out that a career, in order to survive, must be allowed (or even encouraged) to change with the times, with the individual’s skills and expertise and with the needs of its clients/customers. And I wrote […]

Hello, My Name is Patricia and I am a Writer

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Can you use this phrase, yet? When someone asks what you do, can you respond by saying, “I’m a writer,” or do the words stick in your throat? Maybe you aren’t writing full-time, so it doesn’t seem right to claim writing as your profession. So, at what point will you be able to accept the […]

Ideas For Your Blog

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Do you ever wonder how someone can come up with enough ideas to keep a blog going day after day after day? Could you think of something fresh to write about every morning of the week/month/year? If you have a blog, how do you come up with ideas? Here’s how I do it. First, I’m […]

How Do Successful Writers Deal With Competition?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Every creature seems to be in competition—even the hummingbirds in my yard. Truly, I’ve never seen such a phenomenon. Usually, we have a few hummingbirds around the feeder outside my office window. There’s Bully Bird and a couple of other hummers who spend every waking hour trying to outsmart the bully. In all of the […]