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It Sucks to Lose Your Best Ideas. Tools to Capture Your Inspiration

Inspiration has a rascally sense of humor. There’s the sudden rush of a great idea. The solution to a tricky problem becomes clear. Key memories surface. It illuminates the world like lightning, leaves you breathless and excited, and fills you with an almost physical urge to share. Now if only you were near a computer. [...]

By |December 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Write the Story Readers Believe

Before they can have an impact, your stories must be believable. I gave my husband, the bear, my copy of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (an amazing book). After the first chapter, he looked up from the pages and said, “Gah, what a pretentious A*hole! He just dropped the first narrative right in the [...]

By |July 17th, 2017|Do the Right Things|0 Comments

Blog, Book, and Brand – Your Best Content Marketing Path

Seems like content marketing is everyone's go-to advice these days. Has anyone—marketing professional or otherwise—ever told you, “Oh, you’ve got to get a blog (or more content. Or a book.) for your business website!”? Photo Credit: Jose Maria Cuellar How do you know if you actually should? Written content can be a [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Do the Right Things|0 Comments

Brave New Work

Photo courtesy of, by mike gnuckx. There are 53 million freelancers and independent contractors in today's U.S. workforce. Certain sources say that by 2020, half of American workers will do some kind of indie job. Some always dreamed of working from home; others had it thrust on them by a job loss. And some of [...]

By |November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Good Content Goes Bad: A Cautionary Tale

Business people often seek out someone like me because they’re busy. Writing consumes time and energy they don’t have to spare. So they hire me, set parameters, then say “get to it.” That’s fine. Still, I always urge them to stay aware and involved as I work. Great content comes from clear expectations and ongoing [...]

By |June 29th, 2015|Cautionary Tales|0 Comments

Cuckoos in the WordPress Nest (My Site Was Vulnerable and Yours Probably Is, Too)

©Subash BGK ( image has not been altered. My business demands that I maintain a website, but I make no claim to being a web design expert. I help people write books, I've always thought that was enough to be getting on with, and so I've always reserved this space for writing-centered advice. [...]

By |June 1st, 2015|Learn From Mama's Mistakes|0 Comments

Celebrate Your Creative Independence with a Simple Writing Hack

Greetings from the Writing Texan! After taking a winter hiatus (then getting buried in spring cleaning), what better way to announce the return of the newsletter than with a tip designed to kick your writing into gear? There's no worse feeling than staring at a half-empty screen--or page, if you're old school--and thinking, "I have [...]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Do the Right Things|1 Comment

Does Writing Spook You

October is the perfect month for confronting fear. For one thing, everything from TV movies to roadside haunted houses already has us thinking about what scares us. For another, the weather is finally cooling down, so that excuse (which I often use to avoid running in July and August) disappears. Are you afraid of writing? Is [...]

By |October 18th, 2013|Do the Right Things|0 Comments

October Webinar: Your Perfect Platform

Kevin Daum 28 October 2013  4:30 CST Kevin Daum is a popular columnist and author of Amazon #1 Bestellers Video Marketing for Dummies (Wiley), ROAR! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle (Wiley), and Green$ense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff on 50 Green Home Projects (Taunton, 2011 ASJA Outstanding Book Award winner). He also penned  Building Your Own Home for Dummies (Wiley), and What the [...]

By |October 18th, 2013|Webinar|0 Comments

Webinar: How Do I Know When it is Time to Find a Literary Agent

Lacy Lalene Lynch of Dupree/Miller & Associates will be conducting a Writing Texan webinar on September 13, 2013. Lacy Lalene Lynch is a literary agent with Dupree/Miller & Associates, an innovative agency representing bestselling authors, thought leaders, and celebrities from around the world. She has worked on the development and branding of multiple New York Times, [...]

By |September 4th, 2013|Webinar|0 Comments