[Podcast] The Perils of Polite Writing 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jan 12, 2021

by Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

First, we worry that we'll never get published. Then we stress over the possibility that only our mother will buy our books. Finally, we dread the thought that what we write may be shredded by critics or those we esteem. The perils of polite writing are that we...

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[Podcast] The Editor Is (Almost) Always Right 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Dec 28, 2020

by Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

Every writer needs a editor, a professional partner in the creative process.

We all fear the idea of someone making judgments about our writing. The editing process can make us feel exposed. The only thing worse, though, than hyper-critical feedback is no feedback...

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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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[Podcast] How to Conduct Book Research 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Oct 27, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

There's no joy like the joy of reading a well-researched, well-reported article or book. Research gives a book credibility - and helps authors with the ultimate goal of impacting the world with their ideas. In this episode, we identify the basics of how to conduct...

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[Podcast] "I Didn't Think I Had a Writing Voice" 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Oct 11, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

Voice is the great differentiator of writing. For aspiring authors, developing a unigue voice seems impossibly difficult, almost mystical, like either you have one or you don't.

And yet every writer has a voice, something unique to the person.

In this episode,...

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[Podcast] Turning Your Presentations into a Book 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Aug 24, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

So you have ten years worth of presentations.

And for years, people have said to you, "You should write a book!" You think publishing a book would help with credibility.

No doubt it would.

However, you can't simply take your PowerPoint presentations and shoehorn...

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[Podcast] HarperOne Senior Editor Mickey Maudlin on the Promise of Your Book 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Aug 24, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

Ever wonder how an editor at a large commercial publishing house sees the world?

In this intriguing interview with Mickey Maudlin, senior vice president of editorial at HarperOne, a division of Harper Collins, he cuts to the heart of the issue: Your first chapter...

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[Podcast] The Role of a Developmental Editing in Book Writing 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Aug 17, 2020

by Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

There are at least three kinds of editing that you will need for your book:

1) developmental editing;

2) line editing; and,

3) proofing (some might call this "copy editing").

Aspects of Developmental Editing

In this inaugural episode of our Journey Sixty6 podcast,...

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Is Your Book Thesis Too General? 3 honing the writing craft video clip Jul 23, 2020

by Dave Goetz

One of the most counter-intuitive aspects of writing is the idea of specificity.

In book writing, general is bad, and narrow is good. It's critically important that you begin your book writing journey with a narrow thesis, an idea that you develop over the course of your book.

In...

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Will Your Reader Stay with You to the End? 3 honing the writing craft video clip Jul 19, 2020

by Dave Goetz

You hear about a great book from a friend. You order it from Amazon, and after the first chapter, you never again pick up the book.

The job of the writer is, in part, to maintain the reader's interest until the last word of the final chapter.

No matter what kind of book you are...

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Finding My Writing Voice 3 honing the writing craft blog post Mar 23, 2020

by Melissa Parks

I thought I wasn’t a writer.

Sure, I earned a bachelors and masters in English and learned how to impress professors with lengthy sentences stuffed with semi-colons and fancy, sesquipedalian words. I even worked for a publishing company, where I was surrounded by...

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