You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

You Are a Writer By: Jeff Goins I’ve raved about Kindle Unlimited before and yet again, I find it yields a treasure trove of good non-fiction resources.  Jeff Goins has a massive following for his blog and I actually had no idea who he was, except that people on other podcasts would talk about him. […]

2K to 10K: Writing Faster (MORE WORDS, YO!)

2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love By Rachel Aaron This is perhaps one of the most useful writing books I’ve come across so far. It is a very practical handbook, with some of the suggestions sounding so obvious that you feel ridiculous for not having done it […]

Big Magic – A Book for Creatives

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert I am a big fan of audio books.  It’s great for not only the commute, but also long walks in the evening.  Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Eat, Pray, Love, I stumbled upon this gem and I recommend it highly. If you don’t have an Audible account yet, […]

Start From the End

NaNoWriMo was set to start on Nov. 1 whether I had a plan or not.  So I went over to my co-blogger’s house and sat at her cozy kitchen nook and jotted down some character notes. A few minutes later, I had a vague plan.  Meet Anna, an aspiring Valkyrie. Then, before I even had […]

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo

I wrote over 3k words on Day 1, and it was easier than I thought with the help of dictation.  It took probably about just over two hours to do that.  I resisted the urge to edit, but of course cleaned up all the dictation randomness. For the month of October, I had a thrice […]

Walking and Dictating Your Novel on Your iPhone

This morning I woke up earlier as part of my NaNoWriMo kickoff.  But not too much earlier.  Just 30 minutes.  Then I had a cup of tea to fortify myself, laced up my Kangaroo sneakers and off I went to start my great American novel. I mean, I was armed with my iPhone 6 and […]

How Do You Write? Podcast

I’ve really been enjoying Rachael Herron‘s “How Do You Write?” podcast.  It is relatively new, and up to 21 episodes.  I’m a knitter and had been following Rachael’s knitting blog for years.  In 2006, she completed NaNoWriMo and that manuscript was traditionally published in 2010.  It was with great pleasure that I attended her signing […]

NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! Review

No Plot? No Problem! Author: Chris Baty This little book is a powerful tool to help frustrated writers get past their perfectionistic, procrastinating tendencies using a secret weapon that works on most of us in our adult professional lives, a deadline.  If only we were 5, it would be candy… But for all too serious […]

Your First 1000 Copies Review

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book Author: Tim Grahl Length: Compact, quick read but bonus content available online If there were a theme to Tim Grahl’s book, Your First 1000 Copies, it might be “There is No Easy Button.” Either that or, “Slow and Steady Wins the Day.”   This […]

Using Dictation on the iMac to Write Your Book

As the old adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in 30 days. How does one crank out roughly ~1700 words a night? I had listened to a couple of podcast interviews where the guests had discussed writing fiction through the use of dictation, and […]