Archives for March 2014

Choose to be Happy

Sometimes it is just that easy…

What Happens When You Really Get Wild?

“I can always get distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity.” — Gilda Radner

Watch this great clip of Gilda Radner — for inspiration. This weekend go out, stir up trouble, be ecstatic.

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Ten Ways To Get An Idea When You’re Stuck

I’ve done a lot of things that work to get my writing rolling and some things that didn’t work. Here are ten I like. All of them operate on a single principle.

Don’t think about the question you want answered. LET IT HAPPEN. When you get an idea, quit and go straight to the keyboard. And… Read on!

WHAT IF? An Eavesdropping Exercise — Have Fun This Friday!

A fun writing exercise:

Do you eavesdrop, make up stories about these strangers, what kind of place they live, what their jobs are, if they have kids?

Hello, you must be a writer!

Here is our Friday What IF? fun exercise. Enjoy!


Writer’s Block? How to Kick that Boogey Man to the Curb

Remember Mark Twain’s wry comment, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Apply that to reports of writer’s block. It’s a boogey man. Seduce him, kick him in the closet, or strike up a relationship. One way or another, get him out of your unique creative space.

Let’s start by getting rid of the expression “writer’s block.” Then it won’t be such a demon.

Here are forty years worth of tips to kick that Boogey Man to the curb.

This Book is a Wild Adventure, it’s Beautiful, and it’s Free!

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of March — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday — we’d like to gift you with the award-winning book SO WILD A DREAM. (

It’s a present and also a reminder of early spring. A time of new beginnings. Read this book, savor it, and imagine a world that is fresh, new, teeming with possibilities. Then rejoice. We are still surrounded with possibilities!

Main Character Sam Morgan secures a job as a hand on a riverboat, and the adventure begins. His crewmates are an assortment of rascals, rapscallions, and borderline crooks, among them an educated Delaware Indian, a scam artist, a wily riverboat captain, and a former prostitute who may be more dangerous than any of her companions. In their travels up and down the rivers, the crew experiences a multitude of adventures.

WHAT IF? Friday: Find Your Beginning in the Middle? Try It!

Win often says to students, “Where do you start you story? With this, The trouble started on Wednesday.” Begin your story on Wednesday, not on Sunday. Sunday is back story. (Be bold. Begin with dialog, if that feels right.)

When we edit manuscripts, we often see the first pages rambling around the block, shuffling their feet and staring up into the sky. Then we discover the first sentence, and perhaps an opening paragraph, on page fifteen. Eureka!

Start Writing Now. Just Do It.

Every day of your life there is a story, sitting in your lap or curled inside your heart, that is waiting to be told. There is also love, food, dancing, joy, and mysteries to be part of. But that is another story.

You be the midwife. Birth the story. Breathe life into it. If you’re not doing that, then we ask you:


SEO: Ten Little-Known Tips to Increase Book Sales

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. When you post a blog, or add to your website, you want to optimize your content so that Google, and other search engines, can find you – that’s what SEO is about. Here are simple tips that we’ve learned from experience and a few of The Big Boys.
We’ll walk you through them – no problem. Let’s sell those books!