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9 Ways to Connect with the Creative Muse

Do you know how to consistently connect with the creative muse? Probably my favorite activity in working with clients is guiding them in my signature “Meet Your Muse” guided visualization. We journey from meadow to woods to a clearing and a little building inside which the muse, a symbol of their creative source, awaits. Questions…

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5 Ways to Get Unstuck: In Writing, Creativity and Life

Looking for Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Writing, Creativity or Life? This time of year, in the Northeast, it’s especially easy to get creatively stuck. It’s cold outside. We hunker down, watch more TV, skip yoga class, eat chocolate… I’ll write tomorrow. I’ll exercise later. And it’s downhill from there. But it doesn’t have…

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How to Write a Book Quickly — and Make it Exceptionally Good

In my Bring Your Book to Life® Program, I teach how to write a book quickly. A quality book, of course. And quickly is a relative term. We’re not doing it in a weekend! Start at the Beginning to Write a Book Quickly I just love beginnings—getting in touch with the vision of a book,…

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Answers to 32 of Your Book Writing and Publishing Questions

In the past couple of  weeks, I held two book writing and publishing seminars (Bring Your Book to Life® in 2020) to help participants get started on their books (or get reinvigorated on a book project that’s stalled). Thanks to Sam Bennett for hosting one of them! I received over 35 varied and excellent questions…

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Harvard Medical School’s CME Writing and Publishing Course

Many of the most successful authors I work with have attended Harvard Medical School’s writing and publishing course. And you may have read my recent interview with the course director Julie Silver, MD, who shared many of the areas that the course is branching out into, such as writing and publishing op/eds, podcasting and how…

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“How Do I Connect with My Creative Muse?”

Karin’s creative muse showed up as a bee How to Connect with the Creative Muse In many of my private consultations and classes, including “Writing in the Zone” and “Bring Your Book to Life(R),” I lead participants through a guided visualization to “Meet Your Creative Muse.” What’s a Muse and Why Connect? Think of your…

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8 More Reasons to Write a Book This Year

. If you’ve follow my blog, you may have read my post or free ebook, 40 Reasons to Write a Book. 8 More! For the new year, and in preparation for next week’s “Bring Your Book to Life in 2020” free training call, I came up with a few new reasons to write a book….

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Conversing with the Creative Muse

If you’ve worked with me or followed my blog for some time, you’ve probably heard me talk about the muse—an archetype for our creative source. You may have also experienced the guided visualization I sometimes take writers through to receive clarity about their writing and creativity, experience a creative breakthrough or determine their next step….

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Author Cara Bradley on Speaking, Podcasting & the Doors that Open for a Published Author

Browsing recent posts on LinkedIn, I came upon Cara Bradley’s podcast. It’s always exciting for me to see what happens after a client’s book gets published. It’s especially so when the author dives into book promotion and related activities with the kind of gusto Cara Bradley brings to it. I asked Cara to share her…

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Life, Writing and Presence Amidst the Holiday Mayhem

A couple of weeks ago, my office looked like this:   And my kitchen table looked like this: Can you relate? If not to the mess, at least to the feeling of overwhelm that comes with it during the holidays? Especially if you’re also working on writing a book! I’d scheduled with Jess for an…

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27 Brilliant Holiday Gifts for Writers—Unique, Book-ish and Beautiful!

Buying gifts for writers in so much fun. One for your recipient and one for you! As I wrapped holiday gifts for the writers in my life, I decided to reach out to my Facebook community for additional ideas to share with you. And our writer’s gift giving guide wouldn’t be complete without a few…

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Grateful for The Untethered Soul

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude Thank you for being part of my community and entrusting me as a guide, colleague and/or coach in your book writing and publishing journey. As I think about Thanksgiving gratitude, this year, my mind turns to BOOKS! I am so grateful for books, in general and in particular. This week, I’ve been reading…

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“If You’re Not Prepared to Write the Truth…”

Today, I spoke with a writer whose editor told her, “If you’re not prepared to write the truth, you shouldn’t write.” On the one hand, there’s some powerful advice in there. If you’re hiding something, if you focus only on a pretty package with your writing, such hesitancy to dig deep and write the truth…

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"Tell Me My Story"

Choosing How to Tell a Story: A Conversation with Mitch Albom

When it comes to telling a story, whether fiction or memoir, Mitch Albom is one of the most effective writers I know of. If you’ve ever read anything by him, you’ll know why it thrilled me to interview Mitch for Jewish Rhode Island. Mitch’s books have such heart and soul. Mitch’s new memoir Finding Chika is…

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Working on a Health Related Book? Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals

Writing a Health Related Book This morning, I heard from a Family Practice Physician who’s been planning to attend Harvard Medical School’s CME Publishing Course for the past two years. She started on her book idea five years ago and feels ready to dive in. Helping her clarify what she’ll get out of the course—and…

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Finding Chika: An Interview with Emily Homonoff

Finding Chika: Mitch Albom in Rhode Island When I saw Emily Homonoff and her mother, Robin Kall Homonoff, host of Reading with Robin, at Robin’s most recent author event in Providence, RI, both were super-excited to have Mitch Albom coming to the Ocean State, this time to speak about his latest book, Finding Chika.  …

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ELITE award winning author Martha Rhodes

How Martha Rhodes Sold Over 20,000 Books (and Ebooks), Mostly Through Bulk Book Sales

Talking About Bulk Book Sales When Stephanie Chandler asked me to speak at this week’s 2019 Nonfiction Writers Conference about Bulk Book Sales, I immediately turned to Martha Rhodes, author of 3,000 Pulses Later to get a feel for how an author I worked with is using that strategy. I knew much of Martha’s success had…

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The Joys and Perils of Writing Longhand

Have you discovered or rediscovered the power of writing longhand? Moving your hand across the paper as the words pour onto the page, coming out faster than you can legibly write? I almost always write longhand when I work on my book. I even edit that way, on paper. However, when it comes to blog…

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How to Speak to Journalists Before Your Book is Published (And Not Give It All Away)

During a lively conversation with a participant in my book proposal course, he asked, “how to speak to journalists and not give my book away before my book is published?” It’s an important question, especially if you are writing nonfiction that draws on new research or offers a fresh perspective. Be generous but not naive….

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Writing Overwhelm? How to Write Your Way Out of “The Messy Middle”

Are you experiencing writing overwhelm? There’s a place in the writing process that my friend and colleague, Stuart Horwitz refers to as “the messy middle,” where you may feel overwhelmed and stuck. For me, that messy middle period can drag out to months or years. It can stop a project in its tracks. The overwhelming…

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