[Podcast] First-Time Novelist Linda Fifer on Losing Her First Draft and Her Persistence to Complete the Project 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jan 10, 2023

It took 13 years before Linda Fifer published her debut novel The Road Between Two Skies.

At one point in those 13 years, Linda lost her manuscript and had to restart her project from the beginning.

Most “writers” would have given up after losing their manuscript. But not Linda. She...

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[Podcast] Novelist and Memoirist Donna Freitas on Identifying the “Why” of Your Book 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 22, 2022

Every book has a heart. It’s not just an idea; it’s why the idea matters. Whether it’s a nonfiction book, a memoir, or a novel, every book has a purpose. It has a “why." 

The “why” is your answer to the question: “Why am I writing this book?”...

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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] 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] 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] The Enneagram for Writers - What's Your Writing Style? 1 developing the writer's mindset 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post Feb 01, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

It's everywhere. The personality test known as Enneagram has exploded in popularity. Coaches, consultants, HR departments, leadership gurus - many  use the Enneagram to help with self-understanding - and thus everything from team building to bonding.

If you...

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[Podcast] How a Business Coach Developed Her Book Idea 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post Dec 21, 2020

by Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

Not all ideas are not book worthy. Some are just not substantive enough for 50,000 words. They are better packaged as a blog post, an article, or even a white paper. But not a book.

How do you know if your idea is meaty enough for an entire book?

In this episode,...

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[Podcast] The Journey from PhD Dissertation to Book 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post Dec 08, 2020

by Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

It's no snap turning a PhD dissertation into a book.

For starters, a dissertation is positioned for a micro-audience (your dissertation committee members). The bulk of the project is focused on the research methodology, And the cadence of a dissertation is...

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[Podcast] Moving from Idea to Writing Your Book 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 02, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

There's the idea for a book. 

And then there's the actual writing of the book.

Often, aspiring writers banter about an idea or set of ideas in their head for years before making the decision to start writing the book.

In this episode, we interview Alysa...

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