Writing Captivating Characters

Writing Captivating Characters

It’s time to talk about character because it’s often extremely overlooked. Characters are what drive a story, and they are who people identify with as they learn the lessons and feel the emotions the story brings forward. From the first page, we identify with and put ourselves in the place of the protagonist. And, I am not only talking about …

Writing the First Draft

Writing the First Draft

I am a huge fan of Anne Lamott, especially her book “Bird by Bird,” which is a book about writing. In it, she calls the first draft the shitty first draft. I am going to use that language for the rest of this blog simply because it is exactly how we need to view our first draft of a book. …

How to create a writing routine

How to create a writing routine

If you do something at the same time every single day, you tend to make a habit of it. Therefore, we can all create a habit of writing. Initially, we may not believe that ideas come when they come and they don’t necessarily come at five o’clock in the morning every day just because we say, “Okay, it’s time to …

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Of course, we do! Even though our moms said never to judge a book by its cover, we do it all the time. I do not advocate judging people by their skin color or by the way they dress. But that is people. We judge books by their covers. There is a very different cover on a romance novel than …

Boosting Business with a Book

Boosting Business with a Book

Is it time for you to get some passive income into your business? Are you ready to stand out as the expert in your field? Even though I often say that anyone who is writing a book for publication becomes a business owner with a product to sell, this blog post is directed to the established business owner who wants …

How to write your first book - Tammy

How to Write Your First Book

Do you want to appear smart? Of course, you do! We all do! I hate looking dumb or searching for my words, especially when it comes to my area of expertise. Yet, I am always compassionate for others when they make a mistake. We are much more understanding of others’ mistakes than we allow for ourselves. I had the pleasure …

When to STOP trying

As the mother of four children, I have seen the whole gamut of efforts made towards a task. A couple of them give up way too easily, one tends to last a lot longer in what I would consider an average amount of tenacity, and one of them I worry at times will kill themselves from their persistent, never-say-die pigheadedness. …

when not to write

When NOT to write a book

You would think that someone who makes a living off helping people write books wouldn’t turn business away, but I do. There are certain situations when people should not be focusing their time and energy on writing a book. Here are some times when you should not write a book: Your expertise is in a constantly changing subject Who has …

The overwhelm of writing a book

The Overwhelm of Writing a Book

Writing a good book takes a long time. And, the longer we work at any one project, the more we get tired and bored of it. Add to that the feeling of utter overwhelm that I see in entrepreneurs and professionals. Not only do you need to come up with new words on a blank page to meet word counts …

Writing Is Not So Solitary

Writing Is Not So Solitary

It is often said that writing is a solitary pursuit. We picture the great authors of our day hunched over a typewriter alone in an office facing a window overlooking a stunning view. Well, that’s what I imagine at least. It’s not completely false. I tend to do most of my writing alone in my office, but that’s only one …