Time management advice from a bestselling author…

Tim Ferriss

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about Tim Ferriss.... I am neither a Tim Ferriss fan, nor one of his many detractors. I do, however, admire his marketing chutzpah and his efficiency. The author of the 4-Hour Workweek, th... Read More

‘How do I break my procrastinating habit?’

break procrastinating habit

Viewing time: 3 minutes and 32 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on how to break the procrastinating habit. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question,... Read More

The figurative language of Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a simile from Francis Spufford... Francis Spufford is an English writer, primarily of non-fiction, and a teacher at Goldsmiths College in London on the MA in Creative and Life Writing program. In 2016, however, he published his first novel, Golden Hi... Read More

What does ‘gamboling’ mean?

gamboling

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: gamboling... If you had asked me what the word "gamboling" meant, I would have told you, correctly, that it refers to running or jumping about playfully. I might even have quoted — incorrectly — from the poem Jabberwocky, by... Read More

What’s your big idea?

Reading time: Just over 2 minutes  Blog posts can start with nothing more than an interesting story but, eventually, they need to evolve into a big idea. Here’s why you need to accomplish that….  When I met with bloggers Mitchell and Jordan (not their real names), they looked nervous.  They were sitting in a meeting room, at the other side of the continent, connected to me by Skype. ... Read More

Out of town

on holiday

I'm out-of-town for a few days taking a brief holiday. You'll see my video-podcast on Friday (because I was able to tape it in advance) but otherwise I'm away until Tuesday, February 14. Have a great week!... Read More

How to deal with lack of confidence

lack of confidence

Viewing time: 4 minutes and 5 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question (summarized): "How do I deal with my lack of confidence with my writing?" To see every episode click on the subscribe button on my YouTube channel. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or le... Read More

Out of town

on holiday

I'm outof town for a few days taking a brief holiday. You'll see my video-podcast on Friday (because I was able to tape it in advance) but otherwise I'm away until Tuesday, February 14. Have a great week!... Read More

Are you wasting your writing time?

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Time is the most valuable commodity we all have. But let me ask you if you’re regularly wasting your writing time…. If Superman, or the tooth fairy or Dumbledore offered you either $1,500 or a thousand minutes of your life back, which would you choose? In our cash-obsessed society, many of us might be inclined to grab the money. We could use it to pay... Read More

Exploring the upside of doubt

Jonathan Mead

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post by Jonathan Mead... It was the headline that grabbed my attention. "Seven weird habits," it began, "that will change your life." I usually try to steel myself against clickbait-y heads like... Read More