Using Meaning to Help you Drill Down your Book Idea

Choosing the right idea to write and focus on for your book is truly the first step when you decide to write a book. It’s also the step where so many brilliant, would-be authors get stuck. Do you identify as a highly creative souls with many potential ideas you could write? If you’re like most…

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Finding Clarity: The Value of Writing a Discovery Draft

My student, a high school senior stared at the paper in front of him, then up at me, then back down at his paper before dropping his head in his hands with all the drama of an annoyed seventeen year old, and mumbled, “What do I even do with this? I don’t know how to…

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Who is your book for? How to identify your ideal reader.

This weekend, I had a book coaching session with my own book coach. We were reviewing my Book Blueprint – the foundational pieces that need to be in place for a book to work. I’ve been trained in this methodology and have spent many many hours studying it and working with clients on it, so I…

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Book Adds to the Conversation in Your Topic

This afternoon my 20-something son Facetimed me. We talk on the phone and text quite often, but I hadn’t seen his face since August. I got totally distracted as soon as he popped onto the screen and started chatting. “Stop,” I finally interrupted him in mid-sentence. “Do you have a mullet?!?“ “Yeah!” He grinned, turning sideways, so I…

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Are your book ideas original enough?

I wanted to share something that I’ve shared with my students in classes and workshops and with clients one on one for years whenever this idea that they don’t have original ideas comes up. This will prove that your ideas are in fact original enough! I’m going to tell you a little story. You’ve probably…

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Thinking Partners, The Wife of Bath, & Sovereignty

One of my dear friends, who’s also a book client & official “thinking partner,” just finished walking the Cotswold’s Way in England and a leg of the Camino in Spain. She’s been working on her memoir about her pilgrimages, in order to find herself. While walking in England, she shared that they are heading into…

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Why Collaboration Matters and How to Find Collaborators

How are you doin’ out there? Me? In all honestly, it’s been a little up and down with the ongoing pandemic and forced isolation. But this morning was definitely an UP moment. I got OUT of the house and went on a walk with a good friend and fellow extrovert. For two normally positive souls,…

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Finding Fresh Ideas (when everything’s already been done)

Did you know that when it comes to our artistic work there are no truly new ideas? Really, it’s true. Rather, there are new combinations and connections between existing ideas that make our creations feel new and innovative. So, you can let go of struggling with how to create new ideas. Instead, focus on “filling…

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Idea Generation: Getting to Your Best Ideas

How do we come up not only with ideas, but how do we come up with GREAT deas? Original ideas? In this time-pressed world we live in, we often take or first idea or our second and go with it. We’re focused on producing, on making, on creating the thing, on getting it done, checking it off…

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