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 …

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 …

Read More in Your Genre

Read More in Your Genre

Writers and aspirational authors don’t usually need much convincing on the value of reading books. Most of us choose writing as a form of expression because we fell in love with a good book, usually at a young age. But here’s the kicker. If you want to write children’s books and haven’t read one since your adult son was in …

IN defense of memoir

In Defense of Memoir

“I’m not famous. I’m not writing a memoir!” I hear it all the time. Most often it is from women raised in the self-effacing era where we were told not to think too highly about ourselves. However, once I define memoir for them, they are completely on board. So, what is a memoir and how is it different than an …

lessons in being coached

Lessons in Being Coached

I have spent the last four months being coached by a developmental editor who used to work for a publishing house. It is very humbling to go from coach to coached, from the expert to the person asking for help. I have learned more than I could have imagined and not all of it relating to writing. Here are some …