How to Set Writing Goals

If you don’t already set writing goals, now is the time to start. In this video, I break down how to do it. Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/vBVRLCy_1QI In complete disclosure, in the past, I didn’t make it a priority to set writing goals. I always just played it by ear and got out however many words I could…

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4 Bad Writing Habits That Make Drafts Worse

Most writers who want to get better at their craft ask themselves what they can add to their process or strategy. That trend probably comes from our cultural tendency to favor expansion rather than reduction when improvements are necessary. (You don’t see many companies slimming down their product features, do you?) We’re always wondering what…

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Why the Use of Comps in Querying Books Needs to End

In a few short weeks, I’m going to begin the querying process on my first Christian self-help nonfiction work. As part of this process, I have to find titles that are comparable to my own. Professionals in the writing industry refer to these titles as “comps.” And my, do I hate them. Why publishers and…

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The Value of NOT Paying Someone to Help You Publish

Paying someone to help you launch a book can be a great move — it’s best for some authors. But as I discuss in this video, learning how to launch on your own has long-term benefits, too. Paying someone might be right for you… It might be the case that, once you learn how to…

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Got Feedback as a Writer? Here’s How to Make Sense of It

Every writer needs feedback to improve. But in this video, I share how to make sense of the data others give you so you know how to revise. Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/5oGS3iM5VGY When I was still pretty green as a writer, I wanted to make adjustments every time anybody sneezed on my manuscripts. I couldn’t help it. I…

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5 Places to Write That Aren’t Coffee Shops

The picture is familiar — a writer, furiously typing away at a laptop, sipping a beverage, contentedly pausing here and there to people watch as people come and go from the coffee shop. The first point I’ll make about this stereotype is that it doesn’t represent every writer. Coffee shops are expensive, for starters. Plenty…

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