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29.3.17

Why authors are inhuman

Melbourne drivers have a habit of travelling in two lanes at once. It’s infuriating of course. I know where I am going, and that I need to be in the left lane to get there. So when I get behind a driver who sits across both left and right lines, they appear to be a monster, an idiot, and a deeply selfish, self-centred unreasonable person.

Or are they simply demonstrating the highest level of human intelligence, one that gives us a deep insight into why writing a book makes us so uncomfortable. In a fascinating TED talk, entrepreneur and scientist Alex Wissner-Gross, provides us with a new equation for intelligence. ‘Intelligence should be viewed as a physical process that tries to maximise future freedom of action and avoid constraints in its own future.’  Read More

 
22.3.17

Grateful for the bad stuff

Gratitude has changed me. I used to feel so sorry for myself (Years ago, I mean. I am so much wiser now!). Everyone else was to blame for my problems. I didn’t say so, of course. I tried to stay positive. ‘Yes, I got retrenched,’ I’d say. ‘But as one door closes, another one opens…’ I felt I was being false. Still, it’s a good thing I didn’t have the guts to say what I thought; it wasn’t pretty.  Read More

 
15.3.17

Impassioned or biased: Which one are you?

As a thought leader, you have strong views. You have based these ideas on years of experience, research and thinking. You know that they make a difference to people because you have seen people change when you train or mentor them, or speak to them from the stage.

These ideas are the fuel that drives you, that sees you leap out of bed in the morning (at least as far as the coffee machine), that gives you the vigour to write your book. It’s your crusade, your reason for doing what you do.  Read More

 
8.3.17

How to decide what to write about

Paralysed by possibilities? The thought leaders I work with – trainers, speakers, coaches – spend a lot of time generating intellectual property. My clients tend to struggle with choosing from too many ideas, not too few. And, since most of us (I include myself here) stew on the idea of writing a book for ages before we sit down to write one, many ideas are jostling in a queue for attention.  Read More

 
1.3.17

Why hiring a ghostwriter is a mistake

Professional writers are wonderful people (if I do say so myself). I am one, after all. Because we write every day, we have a way with words, are experts at finding information, and are efficient at getting the job done. One service professional writers offer is ghostwriting; this means that we write your book but you appear on the cover as the author. Sometimes ghostwriters are credited on the cover underneath the author’s name – By Jane Doe with Kath Walters – for example.  Read More