Some people say they write only for themselves. Whether that is true or not, whether they put words on screen only to read them back to themselves, I cannot say for sure. But one thing I know. Many writers, particularly those hoping to become published authors, write with the hope that someone, someday, will read […]
You may have been writing forever. It’s possible that you can’t even remember when you started. Or, like me (and the main character in that delightful children’s book), you might be a Leo the Late Bloomer. Maybe you were so curious about the world that you had a hard time deciding what you wanted […]
One thing I’ve learned this year as a debut author is is that having an idea for a book is a long, long way from having the book. Part of that, if you plan to self-publish, is getting professional eyeballs on your manuscript, so the book will be bought and read and not thrown in […]
I am not a big fan of motivational books. I’m just not. If Stephen King says, “the road to hell is paved with adverbs,” I think that the road to the next universe must be paved with cheesy, inspirational books. So when the editors of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers asked me […]
This line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet first squirreled its way into my brain in 10th grade English class. But why does it take so long to learn it? And what does it really mean? The full quote is: “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not […]
We writers have grand plans. Getting an A-list agent. Selling 250,000 copies of our first book. Scheduling our appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. We know we have to do a lot of work—writing the book and promoting the heck out of it—but sometimes it can feel that our end goal was […]
Before you say, “But I’m not especially fond of primates,” hang on. APE stands for Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur. And I am going out on a limb here when I say that this is one of the most honest, least hypey, overall best books I have read on self-publishing in a long time. Kawasaki and his co-author Shawn […]
Do you need to be inspired to write?