The Write Blog

23 May 2019

8 GREAT WAYS TO FIND TIME TO READ

You wish you could read more, but you just can’t seem to find the time. Does this sound familiar? According to this article from Harvard Business Review, you actually do have time to read. In fact, a study done by the University of California shows that the average person is actually reading more than 100,000 […]

22 May 2019

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY ROLL OUT AN SOP

Rolling out a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a big deal. You are, after all, changing the way employees handle the processes in your company. A successful SOP rollout includes testing the SOP and troubleshooting it, training your employees, and updating it as needed. As complicated as the process can be, nearly every growing […]

21 May 2019

IN WRITING, THE ADVERB IS NOT YOUR FRIEND

If you ever played Mad Libs as a kid, you probably have a fond recollection of adverbs. They are the words (usually ending in -ly) that modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs: slowly, contemptuously, angrily, mysteriously… Well, according to famous horror author, Stephen King, adverbs are NOT our friends. In fact, King believes that adverbs, […]

20 May 2019

LOST IN A THICKET: HOW TO AVOID OVERWRITING

In 1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart acknowledged that certain words and concepts – in this case, pornography – were difficult to define in a precise manner. He hastened to add, though, that he could rely on his gut feeling, declaring: “I know it when I see it.” Likewise, defining overwriting is not simple. It’s […]

17 May 2019

FINDING THE BEST ANGLE FOR WRITING YOUR NONFICTION BOOK

Whether you’re writing a how-to, biography, memoir, or even a family history, you want your nonfiction book to stand out and be successful. And, most importantly, you want it to be interesting and enjoyable to your target audience. One of the first steps on the road to crafting an engaging, enjoyable, informative nonfiction book is […]

16 May 2019

A FLASHBACK TO 1993 AND THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

I belong to that technologically in-between generation. The first half of my childhood I spent time locating library books using card catalogs, calling my friends using our home’s land line, and learning to type on an electric typewriter. By the time I reached middle school, though, computers had taken the place of typewriters. And by […]

15 May 2019

BEYOND BOOKS: HOW A GHOSTWRITER CAN HELP WITH ANY WRITING PROJECT

Ghostwriting isn’t just for celebrities or high-powered CEOs looking to publish their autobiographies, memoirs, or advice. While it’s true that many ghostwriters do specialize in writing books for the famous and wealthy, it’s a myth that ghostwriting is strictly for celebrity tell-alls or corporate memoirs. There are plenty of ghostwriters out there who specialize in […]

14 May 2019

7 UNUSUAL WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

As with every form of art, we writers are constantly working to improve our craft. From reading the works of great writers to attending writing workshops and checking out the latest and greatest grammar rules and regulations, we try very hard to stay at the top of our writing game. In our never-ending search for […]

13 May 2019

PREPARING TO WRITE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY BOOK: HOW TO DRAFT AN OUTLINE AND ORGANIZE YOUR RESEARCH

If you are like many people tackling the project of writing your family history book, you probably have a mountain of old paper documents, photos, and information you printed from online sources. Does this sound familiar?  You know the hard copy of the family tree on your mother’s side is around somewhere, but it might […]

10 May 2019

DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE EDITORIAL CALENDAR YOU CAN STICK WITH – PART 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we shared some strategies and best practices for creating an editorial calendar that you’ll actually want to use. In this installment, we’ll continue the discussion by taking a look at some common stumbling blocks to avoid in the process. We’ve identified seven common pitfalls that can derail even the […]