Author: jimwoods

The Insanely Easy Way to Write a Book

You’re married. You’ve got kids. You work a full-time job. How on earth can you write a book now too with your full schedule? Most folks say get up early and this works well for some. Those who are night owls and want to stay up late and sleep in late. Both options don’t really work well with having a…

How To Create A Great Story

There are many, many stories out there. Stories surround us everywhere–if we just take the time to notice them. But a great story stands out from the rest. It becomes a part of you. It has pieces of your own story within the story. One example is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road,  a story about the relationship between a father and a son. Because of…

Why Every Writer Needs A Team

As a writer, hours are spent on a lonely canvas spilling out your thoughts, hopes, dreams, and stories. Some aspects of writing are very isolated, but the truth is, you are in the storytelling business. No business succeeds with just one person. Steve Jobs built Apple around this concept. Stephen King would be the first to tell you he’d be nowhere…

What Do You Do When Your Best Sucks?

You poured in your best effort and the results aren’t pretty. You’re covered in bruises, but the end results are less than stellar. You’re tired and frustrated. Your morale is down and you are questioning everything. So what do you do when your best isn’t good enough? Stop beating yourself up. Pain and difficulty are a part of ALL good…

How To (Or How Not To) Write an Ebook

It’s been a while and I know it’s time to write. I’m a little cranky, and something is missing. Not to mention there are goals to meet and stories to tell. Push the power button and hear no sound. Look for and eventually find the power supply. Push the power button again and hear a chime. Now there is a…

When Reading Is A Bad Idea

  Put the book* down. Yeah, you. It’s a bad idea. But I’m learning you say. It’s time to apply what you’ve already learned. But I’m a writer you say. And Stephen King says, “if you want to be a writer, you gotta read A LOT.” True—but you are missing the point. Don’t read now. You can’t feed yourself all…

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