When is the best time to write?

1 Feb


Do you need to get in the mood to write?

How do you do it?

Do you turn on music? Drink coffee? Meditate?

Whatever works to put you into the flow, the rhythm of writing, is fine.

You see, there is no single trick to igniting one’s writing. No single method is best or works for everyone.

Maybe you’re a runner and find that works to clear your head before writing.

Many writers find it best to write first thing in the morning before the mind is cluttered with all kinds of unwanted thoughts and worries and concerns of the day.

I recommend writing in the morning, the earlier the better, after a good night’s sleep when the body and the mind are refreshed.

If you’re just starting out as an author, chances are you have a day job or school or other responsibilities of life pulling at you and…

View original post 215 more words

My writing isn’t good enough

29 Jan


One of the biggest hang-ups for writers is the fear of not being good enough.

Too many authors, and I’m talking mostly about those writing their first book, are afraid that anything they write will be lousy, garbage, not worth anyone’s time.

Who will ever want to read what I write?

They defeat themselves before they even get out of the starting gate.

Are you feeling that way?

If so, get over it.

Don’t let negativity rule your life.

You really don’t have to write like Hemingway or Stephen King or some other famous author, especially when you are a newbie.

In any type of career or endeavor, there is a starting point. Few of us are great or even good at something when we are just beginning.

Don’t give up on your writing when it seems as if you’re failing, when the words looking back at you on the…

View original post 214 more words

Book marketing for writers

22 Jan


If you are just starting out as an author with visions of selling books by the boatload and earning hundreds and thousands, even millions of dollars, take a deep breath.

I want to dissuade you of that crazy notion.

Yes. It’s possible to become a best-selling author and live in a beachside home in Malibu and rub shoulders with the beautiful people and appear on CNN yakking up your latest magnum opus.

But for most of us, and surely for those of you just starting out as authors, a reality check is in order.

You don’t just write a book, hit the publish button and … presto … tons of buyers will download your book on Amazon. It doesn’t work that way.

Many of you perhaps know better.

You don’t have your head up there in the clouds, blinded by the notion of crazy fantasies of movie deals and mega-mansions…

View original post 294 more words

Rules for Writing? Well … Maybe One

18 Jan


I always like to say there are no hard-fast rules for writing a book.

However, there may be one.

Here it is: Start out a book with a hook, a means of keeping the reader interested.

We all know the best means of losing a reader is by beginning with the time-worn, Once upon a time …

If you’re writing a mystery, don’t be afraid to introduce the murder, the dead body in the first chapter, if not the first page.

Who is the most interesting character of the book and why? What is this person after and why?

Make the reader immediately want to know more about this character and what he or she wants.

Maybe you use your first chapter to describe some place, a haunted mansion high atop a mountain where strange events occur, and people vanish.

Building suspense is fine, but you don’t have to wait…

View original post 338 more words

Tap the Creative Writer Deep Inside You

15 Jan


Just 99 cents. Limited offer ends Jan. 22

Have you always wanted to write a novel? A short story? This ebook by author Mike Reuther can get you started on writing it. Download this book now!

View original post

Writing a book starts with an idea

10 Jan


Take an idea, any idea, and start writing.

It’s all you need to do.

“Your intution knows what to write, so get out of the way.”

The late great science fiction author and storyteller Ray Bradbury said that.

So what does it mean?

Don’t over-think when you write. Go with your heart, your gut.

When you begin a book, it’s easy to fall into that practical, left-brain mode of overthinking.

Maybe you know the drill.

“Okay. I have a great idea, but where do I go from there and how about the next chapter and the one after that … and what if this book doesn’t work. My God. This is overwhelming. I can’t write a book.”

Slow down. Don’t panic. Don’t trip before you take that first step.

Just go with the flow.

Let me repeat that: Just go with the flow.

Much of life requires us to…

View original post 227 more words

Do I want to make money as an author?

9 Jan


The most financially successful writers are those who know how to market.

It’s a bitter pill for many authors to swallow.

There are people out there scribbling away on pads and banging away on keyboards who turn out lyrical prose of soaring poetry and stark imagery.

And yet, more times than not, these wonderful writers remain obscure and anonymous with little to show for their talent and efforts other than perhaps the admiration of peers.

I throw this out there as a warning.

It’s fine to want to write but beware that it’s not the most talented and/or hardworking writers who grab the brass ring.

If you’re new to this whole business of becoming an author or just starting out, take a step back for a moment and think what you want to do with your writing.

What is your end goal?

To write for the sake of writing? To…

View original post 164 more words

Do you want to write a book?

2 Jan


Are you burning to write a book?

Has the idea of becoming an author been your dream for what seems like forever?

Do you think it’s about time you do something to fulfill that dream?

Like many people who long to write you may be unsure how to start.

Perhaps you began a novel, novella or nonfiction book only to throw up your hands and quit.

Maybe you think you feel you don’t have what it takes to write a book, that you lack the talent, education or even willpower to do it.

I can relate to such feelings because for many years I too wanted to write a book but could not make it happen.

Thankfully, I came upon a way to do it that works for me, and I am now the author of more than twenty books.

I would like to share with you my strategies for…

View original post 40 more words

Get this great free book for writers

21 Dec


It’s that time of year again when you start giving serious thought to transforming your


I’m talking New Year’s resolutions.

Perhaps your resolution is to finally write that book you’ve always dreamed of writing.

If so, I can help.

Click the link below to get my free ebook on writing a book.

It may be just what you need to get you started on your writing journey.

View original post

Get into the habit of writing

21 Nov


I guess I first I had my sights set on being a writer sometime around the fifth or sixth beer all those years ago, my mind running circles in an inebriated fog of possibilities.

Mad about literature, a devourer of books, a life stretched before me, my name one day emblazoned on the spines of books facing outward from some musty book shop of the future.

Ah yes. The intellectual life.

When you’re eighteen or nineteen, and high on alcohol or drugs, anything seems possible.

You have your own dreams of being an author, and they may be similar.

The question is: What are you doing about it?

Are you only dreaming the life of an author?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ve gotten a taste of my inspiration must be accompanied by perspiration sermon.

An idea, a creative burst, will simply remain that if not followed…

View original post 191 more words