“How can I become an author?” How we can help…

This question is a lot harder to answer than it is to ask! However here is what I wrote in response to Amelia, who posted on the HTWB Facebook page asking “how can I become an author?”

What additional advice on becoming an author can we give her?

Agony Columns on How To Write BetterPlease share in the comments…and I will delete any that are facetious or rude! Here we go…

Hi Amelia,

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Writing about yourself: why you need to color yourself in

This clever tip and accompanying story were shared recently by the amazing Tsufit, author of an excellent book which I can personally recommend, called “Step Into The Spotlight: a guide to getting noticed.”

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

Here she is…

Ever wonder why the telephone companies use frogs and dimes and beavers and geckos in their ads? Why? Because you can’t SEE phone service.

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Your chance to write a horror story and get it published

Have you got a gruesome short horror story waiting, unpublished, in a drawer? Even the idea for a truly skin-crawling story, but no incentive to write it up yet? Here’s your chance to get that story published and your name out there as a horror writer…

UPDATE: submissions for this book has now reached the closing date 🙁 (This is as at June 9th, 2017) BUT, don’t despair; keep writing your stories, and keep your eye on Corona Books. There may well be the opportunity for a Volume Two one day. Whatever you do, don’t give up your hopes, or your talent.)

get your horror story publlished via HTWB

No, this is NOT another horror-able publishing scam

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How a life coach builds trust by writing

How writing helps this life coach establish trust with his target audience. There is a lesson for most of us to learn here, so please welcome Johnny Limpus, UK-based life coach who describes himself as “the life coach for people who don’t like life coaches.” Read on and find out why, and how he overcomes that barrier to secure loyal and fulfilled clients…

HTWB life coach writes to gain trust

The way forward for a life coach: write, don’t just talk?

How to create more trust (and clients) through writing

I think that trust is a funny thing in business. When you have it, you can move very quickly, and when you don’t, you can get stuck. [Read more…]

Why you must, er, syllablervize your writing

Surely you’re up to speed on the current need to add syllables to words in your writing wherever you possibly can? Like, “conversate” – previously “converse“?

New long words on How To Write Better

Little Red Equi-apparel Hood took off her vestimentations and got into bed. (NB: this is a kids’ story, not porn.)

Or numerous others? If you don’t you are just toooo last year. But let’s be hardliners here and take a sharp look at this phenomenon.

New words in writing are great, if we need them. But do we?

Of course there is that scientific term, “ideation” previously “brainstorming” or even “head banging” or worse still “brain farting” which as all of us Grammar Police know is about generating ideas without their being aimed at, er, much. Oh, sorry: it should be “the process of generating a broad set of ideas on a given topic, with no attempt to judge or evaluate them.[Read more…]

Storytelling in business: why it can be dangerous

Did you realise that business storytelling can be dangerous for innocent customers? UK based business coach Phil Morton shares some very useful tips on how to avoid being taken in by business stories which, despite being popular sledge hammers in the inbound marketing toolbox, can turn out to be fairy tales…

Business storytelling - why it can be dangerous

“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.”

Most of us will know from our childhood what is coming next. We are about to be told a story, we are about to be entertained, for a period of time. The story may even hold some moral teaching, or life lesson to take away.

As adults we sometimes choose to spend money at the cinema or theatre to have a story played out before us, but even if we don’t, we are surrounded by stories. [Read more…]

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