[Podcast] The Ways and Means of a Literary Agent 4 publishing your writing agents podcast post Sep 28, 2021

"How do I find a literary book agent?" is one of the most common questions of aspiring writers.

Literary agent Don Gates, founder of The Gates Group, has a few ideas. He says that he, like most...

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[Podcast] How Curiosity Makes Your Writing Memorable 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Sep 27, 2021

You may never have considered how curiosity makes your writing memorable. If you haven't, are you curious to know how?

Recently, Dave and I chatted about curiosity. We both self-identify as...

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[Podcast] The 6 Writing Discipline Models 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Sep 27, 2021

Mornings and I mix as well as homework and the weekend. The two are simply incompatible

That's why I rarely write in the morning (though, ironically, it's morning, and I'm writing...

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[Tipster] Tips to Expand an Idea tipster post Sep 24, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on expanding your idea. 

A Tweet. A Facebook post. A blog post. A TikTok video. News articles. 

These are all types of short-form...

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[Tipster] What Is a Narrative Arc? tipster post Sep 22, 2021

Some of you want to write fiction, others are writing memoirs. Still others are writing business books or other kinds of nonfiction books.

And others simply want to learn how to write better.

The...

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[Tipster] How To Structure a Memoir tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on structuring a memoir. 

I (Dave) am re-reading one of the classics on how to think about structure in writing called "Draft No.4" by John McPhee.

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[Tipster] How To Write a Flashback tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on flashbacks. 

Writing well is the ultimate life marathon.

As you work on your book project, you want to be growing in how you use language and how you...

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[Tipster] How To Start Writing tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on starting to write a book and specifying your big idea. 

If you've never written before, starting a book is crazy hard. Or at least crazy confusing.

...

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[Tipster] Narrowing the Idea of Your Book tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on narrowing the idea for your book. 

It's one thing to write a 600-word blog.

Another thing to write a long-form article of 3,500 words or more.

And a...

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[Tipster] The Power of Short Sentences tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on short sentences. 

This is a short sentence.

This, too, is short. Only four words.

Can you write short sentences?

Several years ago, I read, "Several...

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[Tipster] What Is Cadence in Writing? tipster post Sep 22, 2021

In this edition of Tipster, our focus is on cadence, one of the great elements of voice. 

We all want to write with a unique voice, a style that is our signature.

One way to do that is through...

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[Podcast] How to Start Writing a Book 1 developing the writer's mindset 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post Sep 07, 2021

There are a thousand clichés about how to take the first step of a long journey.

But they all have one thing in common: you have to start. In this episode, we offer up a series of tips on...

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