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Writing character detail

Writing character detail

If you’re a writer, it sure helps to be a people watcher. And New Orleans just may provide some of the best people watching around. Take this shot of the group of residents on Frenchmen’s Street. You just know they sit out like this every clear day. Contrast that with the dancing shots from The… Continue Reading

Pay Attention to the Signs

Pay Attention to the Signs

I realized during  my trip to Denver last year how telling signs could be when getting a sense of an area. But that’s something I rarely see writers incorporate into books when they’re describing a setting. Hopefully these photos from my recent New Orleans trip, the second batch in my series about using photographs to… Continue Reading

Writing Details Starts with Noticing Them

Writing Details Starts with Noticing Them

As I wrote in  “Lessons from my Dogs: Writing Detail“, incorporating detail into your writing will bring your book and/or story to life, enabling readers to vicariously experience what you’re writing about. Unfortunately, most of us chase through our days, causing the few details we do notice to blur into an abstract collage. But as… Continue Reading

Using Photographs to Help Writing

Using Photographs to Help Writing

Some people automatically record experiences in their lives with their cameras–or these days their phones. Not me. Too often, by the time I think that I should go for a specific shot, the moment and the opportunity have passed. But during last week’s five day eating, drinking, walking and music tour of New Orleans, all… Continue Reading

Why People Buy Books

Why People Buy Books

It’s one thing to write a book. But it sure would be  nice if people actually wanted to read it or even buy it. Now there’s a concept! So as a writer, figuring out what drives book sales is helpful. Andrew Rhomberg, founder of Jellybooks, a start-up focused on reader analytics and helping readers discover… Continue Reading

Focus on Your Why (As In Why Write?)

Focus on Your Why (As In Why Write?)

I turned 60 at the beginning of this month, which seems impossible. But after doing the math 397 times and throwing myself three killer celebrations (with at least three more pending), I’ve not only reconciled myself to the inevitable, I’m happy about it. Over the last few decades, I’ve steadily trudged toward self-acceptance before suddenly… Continue Reading

Writing Coach Intensive – Fish On!

Writing Coach Intensive – Fish On!

Massachusetts financial planner Derek Reed had stalled out on his book, which uses stories from his dad—a swordfisherman who captained the Andrea Gail until one year before it sank in the perfect storm—to educate readers about saving and investing for retirement. Over a period of a couple of years, he had written close to 40,000… Continue Reading

Coming Up with a Plot

Coming Up with a Plot

Is coming up with a plot harder than you expected? Answering the questions below should help you nail some of your plot’s basics, along with a few twists and turns. Write down your idea(s). It should involve somebody doing something or experiencing something that is out of the ordinary and a story that starts at… Continue Reading

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