Adding Muscle

Later on in the writing process, when you’ve got some sections finished, you might be concerned that there just isn’t enough stuff there. It’s a sensible feeling, really; you’ve been writing to no one in particular, and even though you do have enough knowledge and insight in your own head, not all of it will spill out. There might be …

Writing Blogs, Articles, and Books to Boost Your Career – Part 4

You’ve done your homework: now you’re ready to write the article.  What are the considerations to review as you begin?  Some recommendations: Refer to the guidelines supplied by the publication.  Generally, double-spaced, clean, legible copy is desired, although increasingly, providing articles on disk or via electronic media is requested. I’ve found that my articles stand a better chance of getting …

Writing Blogs, Articles, and Books to Boost Your Career – Part 2

Narrowing the Scope of Your Article Now that you’ve selected the topic, you must narrow the scope of your article.  Consider these guidelines for defining the specific issue and treatment: *  Focus on one element of the topic *  How to’s for implementation *  Steps and procedures *  Pros and cons, particularly for controversial issues *  Key ideas, tips, and …

The Naked Dream

I was having a recurring dream:  I would be involved in a business meeting or speaking engagement, and look down and realize, oh my gosh, I’m naked! I was surprised and embarrassed, and woke up each night wondering what that crazy dream was all about. During the same time period I was beginning to write my first book, and found …

A Letter to Mrs. R

Do you need to write a letter to the critical, negative voice inside your head that continually tells you that you can’t write, or teach, or sing, or do whatever you want to do?  I think it’s important for each of us to confront that voice by writing to whoever is blocking your dream.  After reading my letter, perhaps you’d …