Episode 78: Becoming a Writer: When Your Journal Becomes a Book with Author Tom Kreffer

My guest this week didn’t set out to become an author. He intended to keep a daily journal to document his journey to becoming a dad. But it was his dedicated journal practice and his desire to read about other men becoming Dad’s (stories he couldn’t find) that led him to shape his journals into two memoirs and become an author.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • Tom’s journaling practice and how he ultimately discovered that his journals could in fact be shaped into memoirs
  • The importance of hiring professional editorial help as he learned to write
  • His system for asking for feedback from beta readers – SO many gems here. Tom does not just ask readers to let him know what they think. He shares his process and specific questions to guarantee that the feedback he gets is useful to making his book better
  • Braintoss – his favorite app for capturing ideas and notes on the go
  • Why he views writing daily (even with a newborn and a full-time job) as the key to his becoming a writer

Tom’s Books

Dear Dory: Journal of a Soon-to-be First-time Dad (Adventures in Dadding Book 1)

Dear Arlo: Adventures in Dadding

Meet Tom Kreffer

Tom Kreffer is the author of Dear Dory: Journal of a Soon-to-be First-time Dad and Dear Arlo: Adventures in Dadding and he is the creator of the Adventures in Dadding Newsletter. He loves Star Wars and Marvel movies, and he has a degree in film and television that he firmly believes to be worth less than a second-hand toothbrush. He lives in Northampton, England with his family, whom he intends to exploit for many more story opportunities in the years to come.

Connect with Tom Kreffer

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