Detachment Gain: The Value of Getting Out of Your Own Head

Detachment Gain: The Value of Getting Out of Your Own Head

Don’t think harder—think better. Last fall a client I was working with shared a New York Times op-ed with me: “How to Think Outside of Your Brain.” As a ghostwriter and writing coach, I’m always on the lookout for tools that can lead to better writing—because in my...
How Writing a Book Is Like Moving to a New Place

How Writing a Book Is Like Moving to a New Place

At the beginning of 2022, my wife and I were presented with a special opportunity: She was offered a position working to streamline investment in eco-tourism in Sri Lanka. It would mean moving to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo for ten months and taking my writing...

To hell with last words.
Let’s try to make
one sentence
that’s rightly positioned
within a manageable context
so that we can utter it
to somebody else
and they’ll understand it.

—Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry discusses life

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Finding Your Best Path to Getting Published

Finding Your Best Path to Getting Published

  I’ve met very few people who, once I tell them I’m a ghostwriter and publishing coach, don’t say something along the lines of, “You know, I’ve got a great idea for a book.” That’s always good to hear! The world actually needs some better ideas and understanding...

I would stand and
look out over
the roofs of Paris
and think, “Do not worry.
You have always written
before and
you will write now.
All you have to do is write
one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence
that you know.”

—Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast

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Five Things Writer’s Block Might Be Trying to Tell You

Five Things Writer’s Block Might Be Trying to Tell You

You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. —John Rogers In its most essential form, writing is transcribing thinking onto paper. (There’s is more to it after that, but often that’s not writing, that’s editing,...