Category: Writing

Personal finance for writers, or how to avoid winding up too broke to find $400

Financial insecurity is a reality for many people. Various survey questions over the years have tried to gauge its prevalence. The Federal Reserve began asking a question not long ago: how would you find $400 in an emergency? It turns out that 47 percent of Americans would have to take out a loan or sell something, or else do not think they could find $400 at all.… read more »

All castles crumble, but still you build them

One of my Q2 goals is to revise the novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month. During NaNoWriMo, as they call it, people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within the 30 days of November. I participated this past fall, and wrote my 50,000 words. It was a fun experience, and you can read about some of my experience here. Here is a post from 2014 about the top… read more »

A novel for March madness

Every year around this time, people who are not normally basketball crazy find themselves paying attention to games. I remember when I was in elementary school, and living in Raleigh, N.C., some children brought handheld radios to school on the days of the ACC tournament (more a source of local bragging rights than the NCAA with N.C. State, UNC, and Duke righ… read more »

Thoughts on public speaking as craft

I am writing this from a hotel room in Toronto, where I gave a speech. A highlight for me was signing 300 copies of I Know How She Does It. Writing my name again and again (and again!) on the title page was a meditation on bringing an idea to fruition. Of course, if I wanted this career, it is slightly different than I envisioned. I did not set out to become a public spea… read more »

No cabin needed: How to write a book in 3 months while living your normal life

Writing a book seems like a big, intimidating project. But the truth is that it is a project like any other. There are ways to be efficient and get it done fast. That is what Dorie Clark has discovered. Dorie is the author of several personal branding books, including Reinventing You, and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around… read more »