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Note-taking for the writer

I’m listening to author Amy Tan being interviewed on City Arts and Lectures, on NPR. The wonderful interviewer–I missed his name–asked, “Why do you write?” To my surprise, she said she discovered that writing has enabled her to explore her life purpose. One kind of writing is note-taking–jotting things down as they happen, whether event descriptions […]

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Association of Independent Authors

AIA logo

It’s not very large, but I suspect it’s going to grow. For now, it is free to join as an Associate; there are also paid memberships, that offer more benefits. You don’t have to be published; you simply decide that you are an independent author, one who believes in self-publishing. Why bother? It’s another place […]

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My Kindle book is $.99 for the next six days

My publisher is participating in an Amazon campaign that puts my Kindle book at a discounted price for the next six days. You can check it out by clicking here. Actually, here’s a secret: If you are determined to write a good non-fiction book, you can do it without reading my book! Just remember: Structure […]

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Writing tools: Scrivener


Most aspiring (and actual) writers use Word. It’s got a lot of power–and a lot of complexity, much of which is irrelevant to the writer. But it is terrible at organization. It requires you to fall back upon the folder structure of your computer’s operating system. For some projects, this won’t matter. But if you […]

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What writers should read

All writers must read to improve their writing. But in the Internet age, what should they read? would be a good starting point.

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Gabriele Rico, inventor of clustering

I’m writing an ebook about clustering; it will be out soon, and I’ll post it here. So I thought I’d check on Gabriele Rico, whose “Writing the Natural Way” was my introduction to clustering. I still recommend the book to anyone thinking about writing; it is marvelous. Clustering changed my life–it’s a powerful practice. Googling her name, […]

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Tom Clancy, 66

Tom Clancy was 66 when he passed away a couple of days ago. I am 66. I had spent time with him some years ago, when we were both on the board of directors of a software company in North Carolina called Virtus. That company spun out Red Storm Entertainment, named for “Red Storm Rising,” […]

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Learn about creating your author platform from Anne Hill

My friend Anne is holding a workshop on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT) in San Francisco. I cannot think of a better person to learn from. If you are writing a book or have written a book, you should be thinking about creating your “author platform.” Anne is an author […]

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Doug Engelbart, 88

Yes, he did invent the mouse. But that is such a tiny artifact in the magnificent edifice that was Doug’s vision (see Wikipedia): Epiphany Engelbart’s career was inspired in 1951 when he was engaged to be married and realized he had no career goals beyond getting a good education and a decent job.[citation needed] Over […]

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Social media: How Guy K keeps up

Guy says on LinkedIn: Many people ask me how I manage my social media accounts (and others make stuff up rather than figure out what I do). Here are the gory, inside-story details. Perhaps you may find some of my methods useful to help you get the most out of social media, too. I wrote […]

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