Free Style, Grammar, Punctuation, and More Webinar

Register today to participate in my free Style, Grammar, Punctuation, and More Webinar. Your stories are important and deserve to be clear and grammatically correct. They deserve to sing. Don’t let your grammar and punctuation fears slow you down or stop you from sharing your wonderful stories. In other words, don’t let these challenges kill your vision. Let your story live. Your writing gains … [Read more...]

Learn to Sing: Style, Grammar, Punctuation

As you can see in this picture I found on Facebook, punctuation and grammar can save your life. Most importantly, these tools can transform your story from an idea to a reality. I heard it said that film directors often compare style, grammar, and punctuation to cameras and microphones. Directors use various camera angles and sounds to communicate what they want their audience to focus … [Read more...]

The Book Loft

A few weeks back, I met my client, Terri Dean, to catch up and talk through the production of her latest book, Grace Notes: Walking the Path of Wholeness, soon to be released. I’ve had the great privilege of editing and publishing Terri’s two other books, Traveling Stories: Lessons from the Journey of Life and its companion journal, Traveling Stories Journal: A Guide to Discovering Your Own Life … [Read more...]

Writing Instruction On Demand

What if there were an inexpensive, convenient, and quick way to receive instruction on exactly what you need to learn? Writing Instruction On Demand may be your answer. For the first time, I have made the library of more than 150 videos in my proven Finish My Book in 90 Days Coaching Program available in single sessions. Using these step-by-step instructional videos, along with their … [Read more...]

Upcoming Summer Events

I have a busy summer planned for you all. I hope you're ready! Again, from now on you will find upcoming events listed on the left-hand side of my weekly newsletters with links to more information about each one. I haven't yet had the opportunity to introduce you to this summer's upcoming programming, though, so I wanted to make sure to describe the events in depth. First of all, I'm … [Read more...]

Such a Happy Day

I always hear from clients about the special time they had sharing the books they wrote with loved ones. Sometimes, I have the chance to participate in the festivities. What an honor! One such opportunity came with my client Lucille Ellson who wrote her 104-year-old husband’s life story, My First Hundred Years. Floyd passed away in 2012 and didn’t get to see the finished book but was definitely … [Read more...]

Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge

Are you ready for a Challenge? Do you need a jumpstart to get you writing through a hot and busy summer? Join me, and others from across the country and abroad, for this June’s Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge. This is how the Challenge works: Commit to writing something every day, starting June 19th. The amount is up to you—write a paragraph, a page, or ten pages. Receive a writing … [Read more...]

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way. Brenda Krygowski is proof of that adage. I first met Brenda last year at a Florida Writers Association mini-conference in Tampa. We talked after the workshop, and she told me how much she wanted to improve her writing skills. That day, she purchased two of my Edit Like an Expert programs, and she’s been riding high ever since. This fall, Brenda dove into … [Read more...]

The Mindset Lists

Have you heard of The Mindset Lists? I find them fascinating and useful and wanted to share them with you. The Mindset Lists, created at Beloit College in 1998, record what has always or never been true for entering college students. They put historical and cultural touchstones into generational perspective. For example, the class of 2002 (born in 1980) never had a polio shot, have always had … [Read more...]

January Book Review

I keep a running list of memoirs that look interesting to me. Writer, producer, and showrunner Shonda Rhime’s book, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, has been on that list for a while now. I haven’t read it yet, but when I looked up the book to find out more, I came across this timely BookPage feature from January of last year that mentions three books for … [Read more...]