[Podcast] How to Start Your Memoir: Three Questions to Ask Yourself 1 developing the writer's mindset 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jun 22, 2022

How do you start your memoir?

Some people just start telling stories from their life.

That’s one way. But it’s shortsighted.

A memoir, like all books, requires a strong idea—a thesis—that governs the book. It also requires idea development before you even begin writing....

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[Podcast] How to Know If Your Idea Is Good Enough for a Book 1 developing the writer's mindset 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post May 04, 2022

“Is my idea any good?” “Is this idea good enough for a book?”

At the heart of the creative journey is a good idea. And we all want to know if our idea is good enough for a book. But we have a fear that our idea might not be. That our idea is unpublishable. So, how do you...

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[Podcast] Why You Should Find a Writing Coach 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Apr 12, 2022

“Should I find a writing coach? Do I need a coach?”

It depends. Are you stuck on your thesis? Do you struggle with structuring your book? Do your thoughts lack clarity or depth?

If you’re struggling in your writing journey—and haven’t found the answers online or in...

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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 curious people. And we both have thoughts about how we developed the ability to ask meaningful questions....

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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 this before the hustle of the day distracts me!).  Thankfully, there's no one perfect time to...

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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 how to start writing a book, including fighting through and overcoming the so-called imposter...

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[Podcast] 5 Ways to Overcome Your Writing Self Doubt 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Jul 06, 2021

By Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

Who am I to write a book? If you've ever asked yourself that question, then this episode is for you!  Dave and I offer practical ways to overcome your writing self doubt.

1. Recognize you'll likely always struggle with credibility.

...

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[Podcast] How to Spot and Eliminate Clich├ęs in Your Writing 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Jun 10, 2021

By Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

We want to pivot a bit and discuss how to spot and eliminate clichés as you write your book. Whoops, we need to eliminate "pivot" from this blog post!

A cliché is simply a word or phrase that has lost it power because of overuse. It's tired....

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[Podcast] Caryn Rivadeneira on the Hard Work of Book Proposals and Her Writing Disciplines 1 developing the writer's mindset 3 honing the writing craft podcast post May 24, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

There's the book idea. But first there is the hard work of book proposals. To grab the attention of the editorial committee and the pub board, the proposal needs to stand out. 

It's a craft.

Professional writer Caryn Rivadeneira learned the book proposal...

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[Podcast] How to Start Writing a Book 1 developing the writer's mindset 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post May 04, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

What is the starting point for writing a book? Do you just sit down one day and start to write? 

That's not a bad idea. At least you create a bit of momentum.

But there are some strategic activities to help you make more progress more quickly.

Here...

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[Podcast] Corporate Onboarding Expert Amy Davies on Overcoming Writing Obstacles 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Mar 31, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

When Amy Davies dedicated herself to writing A Spark in the Dark: Illuminating Your Path to a Brilliant Career in a Reorg World, she carved out and honored writing time every day for three months. Yet, she couldn't figure out why her ideas...

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[Podcast] Making Progress When You Feel Discouraged as a Writer 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Mar 11, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

Making progress in any significant endeavor demands time, persistence, discipline, and even failure. Failure (or at least feeling like one) is often what leads to discouragement.

Just because you feel discouraged as a writer, however, does not mean you...

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