Category: Self

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A To-Do List vs A To-Be List

Productivity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind this month. How can we crush 2020 and dream big and get more—health, money, happiness, and so on? What do we need to DO to get where we want to go? I’m here with a different question for you today. Who do you need to BE to get where you want to go? Some people love … Read More A To-Do List vs A To-Be List

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Five Things I Learned from Story Genius

I love STORY GENIUS by Lisa Cron. I recommend it for everyone who is a writer or wants to be a writer. But I especially recommend Story Genius for those authors who want to be traditionally published, receive requests for full manuscripts from agents and/or publishers, but keep getting pass letters. This book will help you gain that final layer so necessary for great books. … Read More Five Things I Learned from Story Genius

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Thanks, Tips: Know your Genre

Welcome back to a segment called Thanks, Tips, where I break down vague publishing advice and make it more transparent or actionable for you.  This installment looks at the phrase Know Your Genre and helps you to understand what it means and how to do it. Phase One The simplest iteration of this is you have to know where your book fits in the … Read More Thanks, Tips: Know your Genre

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Just Show Up: Build Better Writing Habits in 2020

When it comes to writing, like most other things, you can’t build a writing habit by starting at the outcome. This is the time of the year when exuberance mixes with social pressure, and people lay a crazy expectation on themselves that is both unrealistic and unsustainable. I’m going to write two thousand words a day for all of 2020! Wait. What? No birthdays, … Read More Just Show Up: Build Better Writing Habits in 2020

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Pep Talk: Unleash your Creative

I’ve read a ton of pre-published manuscripts, and it’s been amazing and interesting, but here’s what is lacking in so many instances – creativity. Seems crazy, right? Like, someone wrote and entire novel, what more could you possibly want? Creativity. Creativity in the way a character sees the world. In the way the world sees the character. Bonus if those two things work against each … Read More Pep Talk: Unleash your Creative

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Pep Talk: Breathe, Find Perspective

The older I get the less I believe in correct and incorrect decisions. I’m not saying I don’t look back at my “regular life” and my “writing life” and go – WHAT THE VERY HELL WAS I THINKING??? But I will say that most often, I remember WHY I made a given decision at a given time. (like the tattoo on my leg that … Read More Pep Talk: Breathe, Find Perspective

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Thanks Tips: Write More Books

Write more books… It’s a thing often found in advice columns by writing blogs and coaches. If you want to sell more books. Write more books… This is 100% accurate, but what is often left out is this: What the ever loving hell does that mean? It’s a vague and obvious statement that most authors are perplexed by, because of course you plan to … Read More Thanks Tips: Write More Books

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Writing does not belong on a To Do List

Writing is not a goal, it’s a habit. The act of sitting in your chair and writing new words on a page is not an item that belongs on your To Do list. Writing is something that needs to be built into your day—like brushing your teeth. The moment that you put writing on your To Do list it loses its appeal. It’s now … Read More Writing does not belong on a To Do List

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Publishing Basics: Simpler than you think

When you know something—like truly understand it—you just do it. With little effort or thought, it just happens. This is why some people suck at teaching others how to do what they specialize in. Because in order to teach you have to start at the beginning. Not the beginning for you. The beginning for someone who doesn’t know squat about what you are awesome … Read More Publishing Basics: Simpler than you think

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Author Pep Talk: Let Go

Post Previously Published on http://www.beenwriting.com I’ve been in a few conversations lately that remind me how much writers treat their works like their children. I have a good friend who I’m sure will hit the publishing world in a big way at some point. There’s a fantasy he’s been working on for a long time. It’s the first writing project he threw himself into. … Read More Author Pep Talk: Let Go

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Welcome to Waypoint Author Academy

Waypoint Author Academy is your first step on the journey to becoming a confident writer and savvy business person. Because whether you’re blazing your own trail in self publishing, or are pursuing the well trodden traditional route, at the end of the day you are still in a business. Here at Waypoint our goal is blend writing, publishing, and healthy mindset to help you … Read More Welcome to Waypoint Author Academy