Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brainstorming Beginning of a Book to End with Promotion

As writers, we're used to brainstorming our stories/books. How often, though, do we visualize the end of the process as we begin? By that, I don't just mean the completion of the book, I mean EVERYTHING--from the final book to the process of writing it to pitching it to promoting it.

Because I think there is such value in looking at the writing process this way, I'm going to be teaching an online course for the Writers League of Texas. I'll be taking the class through the process of brainstorming where right from the beginning, the writer has in mind the end game. Just as important, I'll be helping writers look at what fits THEM. What are the unique talents and interests and life situations they bring to the book and their careers.

This is something I often do when coaching writers and now I get to incorporate it into a class--an online class. I love online classes because everything is by email so people can read and respond to lessons any time of day or night--and can be anywhere in the world.

Anyway, if you're interested, here is the link. As I said, I'm doing this through the Writers League of Texas. Brainstorming Your Book and Your Career: Creating a Pathway to Success.

Please feel free, also, to pass the information on to anyone you think may be interested.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


I'm about to head off to New Jersey fairly soon. I'll see my son. I'll stay with friends--the ones about to move. And I've been talking with my daughter on the phone. It all has me thinking how different people can be. What is primary concern to one person may be secondary or negligible to another.

If we're writers, it's especially important that we keep in mind how differently people can react to a situation. As human beings, our lives will go more smoothly if we remember that not everyone shares our priorities and/or expectations.

What might drive me crazy might be an essential need for someone else--and vice versa. The best thing I can do in that kind of situation is to listen--not only because I care about others but because it helps me as a writer to understand how someone else might experience the world in a very different way than I do.

I must admit I love that there is so much variety in the world! It's probably part of why I love being a writer--because I get to experience through my characters what I might never choose to do in my own life.

Here's hoping there is wonderful variety in your lives as well and that it brings you joy!

PS I've come to realize that one of my strengths as a writers coach is that often I can help resolve someone's challenges in just one phone call. In other words, people don't have to have long term commitments with me for coaching--though some choose to do so. I'll probably post more about this in future blog posts because I think it's important to realize that when we find what works most naturally for us we can accomplish more than we thought possible....