[Podcast] How to Get an Editor's Attention 4 publishing your writing 5 promoting your writing podcast post Feb 07, 2022

“I have a manuscript, but is it ready for submission?”

Maybe. Maybe not.

There’s no magical formula for what will catch an editor’s attention. Sometimes editors just follow...

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[Tipster] Start Writing before You Complete All Your Research tipster post Feb 04, 2022

Just this morning, Melissa and I interviewed a free-lance journalist who writes for the New York Times. Our conversation with Melinda Wenner Moyer will be one of our next podcast episodes.

Melinda...

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[Tipster] Imagination - Faulkner's Third Bucket tipster post Jan 31, 2022

Last week, I discussed the importance of curiosity - and how it helps us become observers of human behavior.

Observation is one of our great tools for writing.

We observe human behavior (the...

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[Podcast] How to Structure Your Memoir 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jan 24, 2022

“I have an idea for a memoir. But I don’t know how to structure it. What do I do?”

A memoir, like any book, needs to be structured. It needs to provide a compelling story and...

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[Tipster] Experience, Observation, and Imagination tipster post Jan 21, 2022

William Faulkner, the great American writer from the first half of the twentieth century, once said:. 

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination ......

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[Tipster] A Fresh Way to Think about Structure tipster post Jan 14, 2022

If you've ever written anything longer than a typical blog (800 words of less), you've had to agonize over structure. 

Structuring a piece of longform writing is the bane of every writer.

...

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[Tipster] What Is a Developmental Edit? tipster post Jan 07, 2022

You've probably heard these terms: 

    Developmental edit
    Line edit
    Copy edit
    Proofing

Today, I want to explain what a...

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[Blog] How Do I Keep My Reader's Attention? 3 honing the writing craft blog post Jan 05, 2022

Didn’t you hear? Humans have the attention span of a goldfish.

The statement may be a stretch (even though Ted Lasso made us all believe it’s an immutable truth!), but the idea behind...

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[Podcast] What To Do When Your Book Is Rejected 4 publishing your writing podcast post Jan 03, 2022

What if I told you that your dream will come true and you’ll publish a book? 

Now, what if I told you it will take 14 years before you get published?

That’s bittersweet, right?...

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[Tipster] This Is Your Year to Write tipster post Jan 03, 2022

 Making writing a part of your life is not like running an errand. 


It's not as easy (and as emotionally satisfying) as scratching off an item on your to-do list.

Writing is all about...

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[Tipster] The Writing of Journaling tipster post Dec 28, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, we encourage you to journal with a free spirit. 

Today, I'm making a very simple point:

When you journal, you are not "writing."

You are not crafting sentences. And...

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[Podcast] How to Get Published in the Harvard Business Review and Other Prestigious Pubs 4 publishing your writing podcast post Dec 22, 2021

“How do I get published in the Harvard Business Review…or another prestigious publication?”

For many business professionals, this question is always at the forefront. To get...

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