Writing

One of the participants in Beta Author Boost emailed recently to ask if she was the "only one who had failed." Eegads. No - ! No one failed. I won’t let them. What she meant is that she got stalled or stuck writing the manuscript of her short book and hasn’t finished yet. But it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed or to procrastinate or to get sidetracked. So she hasn’t failed. If you are considering writing a short eBook (30 to

Writing

Yes, if you start with a bunch of great content you can draw from: blog posts, articles, notes, lists, research. And are ruthlessly focused on shipping something in 8 weeks. But the fact is, it probably does take 10,000 hours to learn how to write well. If not 10,000, then a lot of time  over a period of years.

Writing

It’s hopelessly old-fashioned to care about it’s versus its. Who versus whom. Affect versus effect. But I do. I really do.

As I wasted time on Twitter today, I ran across a tweet about National Grammar Day. March 4th. Every year. "Oh happy day," I tweeted. Instantly, some fellow grammarians tweeted back: "avoid verbing nouns" said Eric Andersen; and watch out for "over versus more than! :)" said Alex Williams. I’ll have to look that

Writing

Local gardening blogger Susan Harris contacted me to say she - and other DC area bloggers - are up in arms over the decision of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to hire a Florida garden blogger to write the new Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog. I have two reactions. First, congrats to the Metro Washington Council of Governments for having the energy and foresight to create a blog for local gardeners. There are lots of

Writing

The real-time Web is all the rage right now, as you’ve probably heard. But I was reminded recently that real-time living gets short shrift these days.

I experienced it recently when I spent four days with my daughter after her baby girl - my first grandchild - was born. Dorothea slept, Dorothea ate, Dorothea cried, Dorothea had her diaper changed, Dorothea slept some more. You get the idea. Every moment was exquisite. Time slowed to

Writing

For all the hype (yes, some of it from me) about the potential of a corporate blog to connect with and motivate your customers, the fact remains that many corporate or organizational blogs are, er, dull. They talk about… themselves. Us. Our product. Our service. Yuck. I mean, do we really care? I was reminded of this sad truth by the revealing Inc.com column published by longtime blogger and entrepreneur Joel Spolsky (see here: Let’s

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