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24.5.17

Walk Your Book: How to Exercise While You Write

Sitting down may be as bad for you as smoking. We would all like to spend less time sitting down and more time moving, right? And if you are writing a book, you are probably already worrying about what’s going to become of your bum (or is that just me?)

Some might insist that writing is a sedentary occupation. But advances in technology mean it doesn’t have to be. With a few tips, you can write your first draft while you are walking, gardening or having coffee with a friend.  Read More

 
17.5.17

Why your best ideas are like tricky little leprechauns

The Leprechaun of Irish folk-law, a cobbler by trade, has a secret stash of gold. If you catch him, he has to tell you where to find the gold. Ideas are like that; if we catch them, they must reveal their gold. But like those little green men, they have an irritating way of disappearing when you need them most. They seem solid, but if we don’t hold on to them for dear life, they are here one minute and gone the next.  Read More

 
10.5.17

The question cure

I found myself at a ‘rock bottom’ recently. By that, I mean I felt very low. I got to a point where I lacked energy and ideas. I simply didn’t know what to do next. Does this ever happen for you? I know authors can find themselves in this place. It’s a dark place in which all options seem blocked off. In my case, it is often a matter of thinking myself into a corner. And once there, I become as terrified as any cornered wild animal.  Read More

 
3.5.17

Avoiding plagiarism: How elegant authors quote sources and attribute ideas

Respectful authors credit the sources of their ideas and information. Proper attribution helps us to address our feelings of uncertainty as writers of blogs and books (such as feeling like an imposter). Quoting our peers and other great thinkers and writers positions us alongside them; it’s good for our credibility. And, of course, it puts us on the moral high ground should anyone rip off our ideas and claim them as their own.  Read More

 
20.4.17

How to find your writer’s voice

The swashbuckling red-headed author, Jason Fox, springs to mind when thinking about writers who have a distinctive voice. He writes like a modern-day gentleman pirate-on-a-mission, captaining a fine ship on a mysterious quest, laughing heartily as the faint-hearted jump overboard.

Lois P Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, is another shining example of a Clarion writer’s voice. Hers is a no-nonsense, hard-hitting tone that is ever so slightly scathing. She pulls apart the myths that hold women back from triumphing in the workforce with all the delight of a kid de-winging a fly. I nearly replaced that horrible image, but I had to leave it there. It seems to fit.  Read More

 
12.4.17

Who am I to write a book?

That question is a show stopper. That doubt keeps us from putting words on paper and publishing them. But I love the question, too; anyone who worries about it brings integrity and humility to their book that, I guarantee, will make it a beautiful, ‘sticky’ book.

To step up to the task of writing and sharing our wisdom with the world, we must find an answer to this question.  Read More

 
5.4.17

How not to waste your writing time

Have you ever set aside a whole day, or scheduled a full morning to write, only to find that somehow, the whole time gets wasted? Ouch.

You arrive at the allocated time, but you are sick. You sit down to write a chapter, but instead, you completely restructure your book outline, only to realise that the original one was better. You decide that mornings are your best writing time, but somehow you always have something else to do in the morning. Or you sit staring at your laptop, or page, and sink deep into the ‘I’m not good enough’ mindset.  Read More

 
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