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Finding Time to Write a Book: Part 1

Ask a would-be author what’s stopping them from starting, or completing, their manuscript and more often than not their answer will have something to do with TIME—as in, struggling to find the time to write a book, or at least enough of it to make true progress.... read more

9 Essential Tips for Researching Your Nonfiction Book Idea

It’s not absolutely necessary to be a research junkie in order to write a nonfiction book, but it certainly helps. During my initial book dreaming and scheming phase, I typically spend a chunk of time in full-on research mode. If you’re someone who likes to write... read more

Why and How to Envision Your Completed Nonfiction Book

When I’m in the early stages of developing a new nonfiction book idea, I always spend time envisioning exactly what I think/hope/believe my completed book will look like. I do this for three simple reasons: 1. It helps me get clearer on exactly what I’m... read more

How to Get Clarity Around Your Nonfiction Book Idea

You’ve got a nonfiction book idea. Maybe it’s simply a word. Maybe it’s a thesis statement. Maybe it’s a hazy vision. So, what now? If you’re what I refer to as a “cliff diver,” someone who likes to plunge right into a project as soon as an idea pops into their head,... read more

8 Ways to Survive the Waiting Game

If you’ve been following my Writer Unplugged series, you know my work-in-progress—a personal memoir for the adult market—is out the door and my agent is busily working to find the right home for it. So, after months and months of writing, pushing through blocks,... read more

11 Secrets to Completing ANY Writing Project

Last October (October 14, 2014 to be exact), I launched my Writer Unplugged series as a way to take you behind the scenes of my process of launching a book while trying to write another. My book, Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, was... read more