Learn What’s Behind The Art Of Book Reviewing

Writers Say So Note:  Book reviews are of course valuable for readers but they can be helpful for writers, as well.   An excellent way of clarifying what your work is about is by writing a review of it.  But just what makes an effective review?  In this post by guest contributor Laurie Hertzel, Senior Book Editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, we learn how books are chosen and what goes into the art of book reviewing.


Laurie Hertzel, Senior Book Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune


When I was young and callow and just beginning to review books (for the Duluth News-Tribune, where I was a very young copy editor), I thought that the purpose of a review was to show readers how smart I was. I cringe now to think about those early reviews and hope that they have all been forgotten and forgiven and, maybe, deleted out of Lexus-Nexus.

In those years, I was overly critical. I reviewed what I liked and if the book disappointed or I didn’t understand it, I thought that was a flaw in the writer instead of in me. I was sarcastic. I thought I was brilliant, but I was not: I was flippant and, occasionally, mean.

Please do not go look up any of those old reviews. Just know that I have learned.

Now I am older, and I realize that the responsibility of reviewing a book is a serious one. For a reader, plunking down $30 for a hardcover book and investing weeks of reading time is no small thing; you don’t want to lead them astray. And for an author, a review can make a difference in how well a book sells—or how quickly it tanks.

For the pages of the Star Tribune, I look for reviewers who are well-read, thoughtful, articulate, and experienced. Most of my critics are either published writers, university professors, or members of the National Book Critics Circle. Some are all three. I also have rules about what they can review: For instance, I do not allow critics to review the books of people they personally know. No friends reviewing friends, no enemies reviewing enemies. I want them to judge the book on its own merits, not on the personality of the author.

We work from advance reader copies, and I give the critic plenty of time—usually about two months—to read the book, think about it, and turn in a written review.

A good book review should do a few things:

It should tell enough about the book for the reader to understand the plot, or the point, or the gist, but it should not go on and on. A review that only describes the plot is not helpful.

It can (but doesn’t have to) quote from the book, to give the reader a first-hand sense of the language and tone.

It should assess what it is the writer is trying to do, and then assess whether or not the writer was successful, and then get into the why-or-why-not. This is probably the most important part of a review, and the trickiest.

The reviewer’s personal taste does not enter into it, though the reviewer’s reading experience does. How can I say that better? A review that says, “I loved this book because I love mysteries” is not useful to the reader. A review that says, “This mystery kept me up until 3 in the morning and then I was afraid to turn the lights out” is more useful.

The purpose of a review is not to make a name for the critic, but to shine a light inside a book for readers, to help them determine whether or not it is something they might want to read.

Book reviewing is an art, not a science. Reviewing nonfiction is different from reviewing fiction, and poetry is another animal altogether….

It’s a judgment I make every day when I go through the mail. I get about 1000 books a month, and we review about 10 per week, so a lot of worthy books never get a mention. It’s heartbreaking, but I can only fit in so much.

I look for a mix: the next big new book, a quiet but excellent book by a small literary press, mysteries, regional books, books whose author is on tour and coming to town. I try to include something for everyone—some nonfiction, a memoir, some poetry, a novel. I try to keep the reader in mind (not the authors, sadly), and give them a sampling every Sunday of an array of different kinds of books, hoping that each reader will find at least one thing that interests them.

Laurie Hertzel is Senior Editor/Books at the Star Tribune and author of the memoir, “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist.”


Author Tips: Get Facebook Savvy To Sell Your Books

Congrats, Author!

You’ve gone and got yourself published.  No doubt you had a party, invited friends, celebrated with balloons and patted yourself on the back.

Now the real fun begins.

It’s time to promote your newly published baby in 21st Century style – and that means using social media – starting with Facebook.

However, if you are like many authors, you’ve never ventured into the world of Facebook, or at the very most, you use this social media channel to merely share your favorite pet photos.

For those authors needing a primer on promotion via Facebook, check out these tips:

  • Get Started!  Understand that to have success you need to use social channels to get your word out.  Check out this info page for Facebook to get started.  If you already have a personal Facebook page, add a public page to create a brand name for yourself.  Here’s an example of my Kristy Abbott Author page.
  • Get Friendly!  Invite your friends to Like you.  This means they are connecting to your author page and are interested in following the content you post.  Your page will show up on their Timeline and your posts will appear in their news feed.
  • Get Writing!  Now is the time to share milestones, events, photos and videos and any other special information that you find interesting.
  • Get Sharing!  Have you found a wonderful article about writing that you’d like others to see?  Post it on your page.  If you aren’t sure how to locate such content, try this content curation tool to help you find just what you are looking for.
  • Get Linking!  Your Facebook page is a channel for others to find you.  Ultimately, you want them to travel to your website and learn more, contact you and buy your book.   Include regular links to your website and blog to keep connected and don’t forget to link to other sites that carry your book – such as your publisher and Amazon.
  • Get Creative!  One of the best ways to engage with people is to invite them to share their experiences.  As the number one brand on Facebook, Coca Cola uses their page to tell the Coke story.  It’s working – the page has 78 million Likes and more importantly over 1 million people talking about their product.
  • Get Generous!  Giveaways are great ways to grab attention and celebrate milestones.  For example, I am going to hold a drawing when I get to 500 Likes to give away free copies of my books, The Ghosted Bridge and Finding Home.  You can find other great giveaway ideas in this article from Creative Onion.

Facebook is an important part of using social media to draw new people to your brand.  Give them interesting, compelling and helpful information and you’ll see more Likes and Shares and you’ll get folks talking about you!

Get Going!

Have you had some great success with Facebook?  Or do you have more questions? Share your experiences here!


The Secrets To Writing A Series

Writers Say So note:  Think writing a book is difficult?  Imagine writing a series!  In this post two of our favorite writers, Marilyn Rausch and Mary Donlon share the secrets to the success of their popular Can Be Murder series.  This writing duo has published two of the three, Headaches Can Be Murder and Love Can Be Murder (both from North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.) and are currently hard at work on the next installment, Writing Can Be Murder (working title).

Marilyn Says:

When writing a sequel or a series it’s like going home or attending a reunion. As a writer I am anxious to find out what has happened in the lives of my characters since I left them. I want to hear about births, deaths, marriages, divorces, rumors and scandals and to catch up on what everyone is doing.  And, of course, I need to follow-up on that teaser I left in the last chapter or epilogue of the previous book.

The challenge is to keep it fresh, to avoid being formulaic and predictable. Mary and I always have new crimes to solve. We like to rip those out of news, to base the crime on a hot topic or a new scientific discovery or to solve a noteworthy real cold case.

With each book we have introduced one or more new characters. The newcomers to my fictional Iowa town are outsiders…an East coast playboy, a New York literary agent, a Chicago architect, and Ethiopian student. It’s fun to see the town and its people from their perspective and to see how the townies react to them.

A series can be branded. We became the Can Be Murder series, which led to our titles: Headaches Can Be Murder, Love Can Be Murder and the upcoming Writing Can Be Murder (working title) and a common graphic and color scheme to our book covers. Think of an alphabet title and you know it’s a Sue Grafton book or a Prey title and it’s a John Sandford book.

With a series it is difficult to know when and where to stop. There are certainly many popular series that have extended up to thirty books, developed huge fan bases and generated inevitable sales. Personally there are others that I have dropped out of after a few books. I found after writing the third book in our trilogy that I was wasn’t quite ready to be finished. I added a “Five Years Later” section to let our readers know what the future held for my characters.

Is the trilogy the end? Maybe not. There is always the possibility of a prequel or a revival or a spin-off. Who knows? There may be a character in our Can Be Murder series who deserves a series of their own.

Mary says:

When Marilyn and I met with our publisher for the first time, they said “And you will write a trilogy, right.” Please note: it was not a question.

In shock, we looked at each other and said in perfect unison (after writing two soon-to-be-four books together, we now finish each other’s sentences and/or speak the same words at the same time) “Of course!”

We left the office with looks of horror plastered on our faces….a trilogy? What were we thinking? It already felt like we were jumping off a cliff together.  Would people even like our first book, let alone want to hear more from our characters?

Nevertheless, the two of us thrive on challenge. The minute we returned to our respective homes, Marilyn started on the sequel. I – my writing style being a little more, shall we say…leisurely? –  took a little more time to start on my sections.

The first challenge in writing a sequel is to tell the next story with the same characters, but somehow make them fresh, have them grow. But wait, you want readers to go back and read your first book, so you can’t give away the whole storyline of the first one. And you don’t want to bore the readers who have read your first. But you have to revisit your introduction of your characters for your new readers. Whew – it feels a bit like you are yanked in several directions at once when you are writing the first few chapters of the second book.

Then, after a while you get into the grove of your new story and draw your readers into the next adventure, the next murder, the next crime to be solved. But don’t forget that your characters still have to grow, change…don’t ever forget that. And their private lives can’t be too easy. They have to suffer. Perfect characters with perfect lives are not compelling.

At the end of the book in a series, you shouldn’t tie up all the loose ends. You want your readers to practically harass you for the next book. Be careful what you wish for! Because now you have to go back to your laptop and get writing immediately. You never want your customers to forget how much they liked the first two, because you took too long writing the next one.

And, oh, by the way…you now have to market your already published books while creating the next one.

The great thing about sequels is that they bring in new readers for your first book. When you write stand-alone books, your first book may get some new fans when you write another stand-alone book. But when you write a series and you do your job right, you can say to your customer, “Here’s my latest novel. It’s terrific. And, yes, you could read it as a stand-alone, but did you know that this is the second in a SERIES??”

You can really hook the customer if you offer them as a set, packaged together in an oh-so-darling manner.  Looks so much more giftable, you know.

Do you have a favorite series?  What keeps you coming back for more?  Share your best picks with us and we’ll pass them along!

Finding The Genesis Of A Book In A Pool

People often ask me where I got the idea for the stories I’ve created.  It’s a mixed bag really, as I am sure it is for most writers.

Many of us begin by “writing what we know”.

For example, my novelThe Ghosted Bridge, is based largely on elements of my own life with some fictional fairy dust sprinkled about.  My children’s book, Finding Home, chronicles the story of one lonely homeless rescue cat who happens to be my closest animal companion.

In whatever way the origin of the idea comes to us, it is the process of growing the story from the seed that can be the biggest challenge.

This is where the pool is coming in handy for me these days.

Let me explain.  My oldest son has decided that he wants to compete in an Ironman Triathlon this summer.  Of course, he’s never done anything of this distance (2.4 mile swim, 110 mile bike followed by a marathon) but he’s young and hardy so of course, he’s got my vote of encouragement.

Even better – I hope – is that I’ve agreed to train with him for the swim portion.  That means every pool workout he does, I swim, too.  Even when we are separated when he is on a business trip and I am book promoting in other states, we swim the same workouts each week.

So, this gives a slow, well-meaning swimmer a lot of time to think.

The magic of all of this is that as I paddle away, lap after lap, I have the unique release from daily worries, tasks, expectations and distractions, allowing myself to drift into the creative world I crave so much to visit.

My experience may be unique in that I have to slip into a speedo to get to the bountiful waters of imagination but writers everywhere have a similar place they go to tap into the prehistoric storytelling gene that ALL humans share.

As I tackle each workout, my next novel is taking shape.  I am seeing the landscape and meeting the characters; I am testing the plot and meandering through a world that is becoming more real for me every day.

Where is your enchanted place and what gets you there?

Is it the energy of a cozy coffee shop?  The sleepy warmth of your home office?  The refined silence of a library?  The view of an open road on which you find yourself running or biking or strolling?

Maybe you haven’t found it yet but I believe that for everyone, there is a place, a moment that when we find our rhythmic breath and inward focus we can create stories that inspire, awaken, encourage, and challenge.

Share with us the address of your happy writer’s place.  We’ll post your comments and hopefully inspire new writers to find such special spots of their own.

Get Out Of Your Long Suffering Writer’s Chair – You Are An Author Now

If you had told me two years ago that I would be a published author in 2013, I would have fallen off my long suffering writer’s chair in a fit of joy.

Now that this dream has come true I am still over the moon with happiness but boy have I become much less idealistic along the way.

My novel, The Ghosted Bridge, is a ghost story set against the backdrop of mystical Sedona, Arizona and the real life disaster of the I35W Bridge collapse on August 1, 2007.  The book made its debut on August 1 of this year – timed intentionally with the six year anniversary.

This marketing effort garnered some nice press, from our local NBC affiliate KARE 11 and from the ultra-popular Tom Barnard Podcast (both of which were due to prior friendships).

I was able to drum up a few small newspaper articles and mentions and was lucky enough to set up (at current count) 14 events — author roundtables, book signings and the like.

It’s really fun to connect with people who are enthusiastic about your book.  Best of all its super wonderful to receive such incredible support from family and friends on this bucket-list achievement.

However, I had no idea how difficult this all would be!  I have worked so hard over the past few months, calling bookstores, pitching the book, begging media outlets, shipping books for interviews, rustling up festivals where I can have a booth, talking with fellow authors at my publisher North Star Press,  and gently pleading with my long suffering friends to come to my events.

I even got pulled over for a speeding ticket the other day and forced the cop to promise to buy my book as penance for writing me up – true story.

The most challenging part of all this for me is the fact that although you are so proud to have a published book, when a bookstore agrees to let you come in for a signing, they expect you to bring people with you – a lot of people.

So when you take a gander at my events list (see below) and you realize they want 25-30 people at each one, you can quickly calculate that I need a ton of friends.

And by the way, I’m not that popular.

So here’s where the lovely landscape of social media comes in.  I’m trying every website for authors, liking Facebook pages, learning to tweet, posting ad nauseum on my own Facebook (personal and public) pages and emailing my brains out with links galore.

Hopefully this will all work.  I’ve had a few hits and misses at events and I’m convinced media coverage is still invaluable though elusive.

By the way.  I wouldn’t change one thing about this whole experience.  My longsuffering writer’s chair is empty and I’ve encountered a whole new world.   It’s been challenging, thrilling, satisfying, exciting and super fun.

The best part is I get to ramp up a whole new campaign because my children’s picture book with illustrator Danusia Keusder about a Minnesota cat searching for a home and a name comes out on March 1.

But in the meantime, I could use a nap.

Any other authors out there with good suggestions?  Please share what you’ve learned along your publishing journey.  We can start a rolling good time of discussion!

Write On!

Kristy Abbott

Click here to learn about upcoming events for The Ghosted Bridge — Please stop by if you are in the neighborhood!  All bodies welcome!

The Key To Writing Success? Keep The Vision

Writers Say So Note: Author and golf pro Ann Loughlin has enjoyed a long career of setting goals and achieving them.  She has graciously agreed to share her formula for writing success, which happens to be great advice for succeeding in life, as well.

Writing a book can be a daunting task. Many people say they want to write a book, but few actually sit down and hammer out the words, sentences and paragraphs that comprise the pages that become a book. I have written two books, am working on a third, and have compiled a collection of stories in book form.

The reasons I have undertaken these projects are varied and I have learned a lot along the way, as all of these books are self-published. My best advice is this: 1. If you get in a bind or become confused at all during the book writing process, go back to your early vision. This will help you clarify. 2. Let some time pass. This is where the miracles happen.

These two principles have been mainstays for me throughout my projects, The Golf Letters and Signs of Their Times, Iowa Hometown Slogans, Photos and Stories. So, stay with your early vision and let some time pass. These are simple thoughts, but powerful. I learned so much from adhering to these two principles.

It is important that the original vision be true and clear, as well. That way, one can return to the vision in the writing when there is a bump in the road. Truth and clarity will aid and abet the writer in getting back on the right path. Problems that seemed insurmountable earlier will dissolve.

Use your intuition in writing. Pay attention. Are you straying? Or, are you keeping things fine-tuned and working towards your original plan? Letting time pass, for me, personally and professionally, is quite an elixir. Being both a writer and a golf professional, I have found that “the pause” contains so much. Society today rushes us. Solutions have to be immediate and must come quickly. We are not used to waiting.

Writing and waiting and writing and waiting seemed to empower my words in a way that wouldn’t have manifested had I rushed through the endeavor. Sometimes, with a pause, different insights occur and the Universe has a way of presenting solutions, thoughts and new paths that were not evident before.

Writing takes time. One must enjoy the process for its own rewards, as well. I find this to be very true. Be sure you write for writing’s sake alone. The writing will be the best you can offer if you do this. The monetary rewards may come or not come, but at least you are writing.

Enjoy the process! Keep the vision! Wait!

Ann Loughlin is a LPGA/PGA golf professional and author of The Golf Letters & Signs of Their Times, Iowa Hometown Slogans Photos

Why Writing Becomes A Whole New Animal When You Aim For Publication

Writers Say So note:  At a recent seminar given by my publisher North Star Press, Seal Dwyer, North Star’s business manager said something that really stuck with me.  She told us that a writer is a private person, while an author is a public persona.  She went on to detail the difference between writing for yourself and writing for others.  Seal graciously agreed to expand on that point in this contributor post.

Writing for publication is a whole different animal than writing for oneself. When a writer writes a journal not meant for publication, he or she doesn’t need to worry about who will read it or if the thoughts are clear, because it’s not meant for wide publication. It’s not meant to be read.

When it comes to the very beginning the first step is to just write. Learn the practice of letting words flow out of the mind and onto paper or into a computer file. For many, just starting is the biggest hurdle.

And when just starting, the most important lesson to learn is to allow the flow, not criticize what’s coming out; not constantly correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; not feel like what one has to say is inadequate or already said better or any of the other negative internal dialogs that eat away at writers’ self-confidence.

To have the burn, the spark of passion to write, all by itself is a gift, and a treasure, and one that must be nurtured, protected, and respected. It’s also something that must be practiced, used, honed, and polished, but that comes later. At first, just write.

Later, when the art and craft of writing is further along, a writer can start to travel the path to become an author.  To be published.

When an author is writing for publication, marketing must be considered from the very beginning, as mercenary as that sounds. The market, who will buy the book, and the audience, who will read the book, are vital quantities to identify with any book. And authors must communicate that to perspective publishers.

However, the market and the audience are not necessarily the same person, For example, the market for children’s books are adults (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles), but the audience is the children. Each market and audience demands different constraints on the writing. A book for middle graders shouldn’t have graphic sex, violence, or language in it, but it must be more sophisticated than a beginning reader book. Adult murder mysteries must solve the mystery in a satisfying and complete manner, not just with the red herring mentioned on page seven who turns out to be the killer 250 pages later.

A good rule of thumb In general is that a writer must read what he or she wishes to write.  Every publisher will ask, “Who is going to read this? Who is going to buy this?” And authors need to be able to answer that.

The audience doesn’t need to be huge, just reachable. Identifiable.  A book for everyone is really a book for no one. I would prefer an author bring me a book with a small but reachable market. I can sell that.

Authors who haven’t put thought into the market will be ineffective in selling the book, and selling the book is the whole point of publication.

Understand that writing the book is only a third of the book’s life. Finding a publisher and doing the work of getting the book published is another third. Selling the book is the final third. Writers must understand that from the very beginning.

A manuscript is the product of one person (or one group of people writing together). A book is collaboration between the writer, the editor, the designer, the cover artist — all those people add their gifts, talents, opinions, knowledge in order to make the very best final product.

So, for the writer just starting out, practice, nurturing, and perseverance are vital. For the writer ready for publication, knowledge, research, and a sense of collaboration will make the rigors of publishing easier.

Seal Dwyer is the business manager of North Star Press of St. Cloud, a regional small press. She is the author of The Haunted Northwoods, a book of ghost stories of the Upper Midwest. And she teaches classes on writing, publishing, and selling books all over Minnesota. She lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Visit the North Star Press website and Like them on Facebook to learn more.

How To Hook Readers — Get Your Audience To Suspend Their Disbelief

No matter what the form of narrative art — films, plays or fiction, the success of the story always begins with a crucial deal struck between the audience and the creators of the art.  This agreement, known as suspension of disbelief, provides the foundation for an audience to accept the world presented to them as real so they can relate to the characters and stay with the plot.

We enter into this contract of acceptance all the time.  We know in our real world that robots don’t have the ability to save the earth, animated characters aren’t real people and witches don’t fly across the sky on brooms, and yet, we regularly and willingly choose to set aside our doubts thus making our belief in the story possible.

So the question for authors of fiction is, how do we persuade our audiences to believe in the world we present?  

It’s not as hard as you might think.  There are three Must Have’s that will bring your characters and stories to life:

You Have To Believe First — When I was writing my Master of Professional Writing thesis, I struggled mightily with the fact that I wasn’t really sure my character (who was a psychic) was real.  I knew her background, her history but I had my doubts about whether her abilities were authentic.

My thesis professor Sid Stebel insisted that before I move on with the story I had to believe in her gifts and talents as a mystic, otherwise my readers wouldn’t.  It took hours for me to actually buy into the story this character was selling but once I convinced myself she did have psychic powers, the story gained credibility.

You Have To Create Curiosity – Consider the Harry Potter and Twilight Saga novels.  The authors dropped us into worlds with characters that could have been completely unbelievable but millions of us bought into the existence of wizards, muggles and vampires.

Much of the success of these stories was that they created a stirring mood of curiosity in audiences.  We may not have believed in these strange creatures before we met them but we were captivated by and hooked into their lives through techniques that continually tickled our innate human trait of inquisitiveness.

You Have To Understand The Science of Storytelling – Humans have been lovers of story since time began.  Our deepest understanding of our existence, our relationship to nature and the spiritual world have all been solidified through stories. 

Pamela Rutledge, PhD, M.B.A. speaks to the science of storytelling in a Psychology Today article. “Stories are how we are wired. Stores take place in the imagination. To the human brain, imagined experiences are processed the same as real experiences. Stories create genuine emotions, presence (the sense of being somewhere), and behavioral responses.”

Realizing that your reader really wants to buy into your characters and plot can help you invent and place creative breadcrumbs that will make their journey into your world easier.

When crafting your story, take the time to understand your characters and believe who they are, approach your work with curiosity – which will translate into sparking curiosity in your readers and remember that all of our brains are attracted to stories that help us make sense of the world, connect us to a larger self and trigger our imaginations.






Dividing and Conquering – Finding The Time – And Will — To Write

Don’t tell anyone but I’m playing hooky right now.

I should be creatively crafting social media messaging for a client but my untended blog has been tapping at my shoulder and so I’ve given in to writing a post I should have done a week (or so) ago.

I know I’m not alone when it comes to carving out time and discipline for my writing. Although my personal writing isn’t far from my profession of freelance writer in terms of skill, it is really different in the sense that my intimate words communicate my chosen story, through my voice.

Well that should motivate me to spend time writing every day, right? Well….

When I find myself veering off path of my established goals I need to go back to the basics of finding the time – and will – to write. Here are a few tips that have worked for me and might help you, too:

1. Put it on your calendar. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I make a commitment to be in one of my favorite places, my friend Mary Beth Hammerlund’s dance aerobics class. Look, I don’t profess to be any type of dancer but the energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie in MB’s class lifts me and feeds my spirit.

Just like writing does.

So it makes sense that I set aside those precious mornings for dancing and that I do the same for writing. You can, too. What works best? Morning? Quiet afternoons? Before bed? Choose the time when you are most connected to the inner voice who wants to be heard and then schedule a regular time to listen.

2. Create the perfect space. Maybe it’s your kitchen table or your study. For me coffee shops and libraries are great spaces to focus only on the writing. Getting out of the house is key for me because I tend to do any chore in the world (including polishing the silver) to avoid struggling through creatively-sapped moments.

To that end, I joined a collaborative workspace called The Commons, in Excelsior, Minnesota. It’s literally just steps away from my door but its far enough away from real life that I can relax and tune in to the characters in my head. Check your community for a workspace that might work for you.

3. Use music to call forth your inner writer. This is a big one for me. Just like having a playlist for working out, I have a collection of songs that soothe me and ignite my deep down desire to tell stories. Right now I’m listening to “Daylight” by Coldplay.

I’ve heard about studies done on workers’ production when listening to various forms of music. Researchers found that the rhythm and musical key had a slight effect on productivity. Whatever the reason, we’ve found that music does have an influence on setting a mood – just think of all those soundtrack scores that help us see the stories in our favorite movies!

4. Read writers that inspire you. My new favorite book is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This novel made such an impact that as soon as I was done I wanted to start reading it again. While you might not find many books that motivate you similarly, I bet there are some stories or writers who use language in a way that resonates with you that can be powerful writing boosters to the voice inside you. At the very least, you should always be reading something – to keep your imagination healthy.

If you have that desire to share your unique experiences or your take on the world through writing, then listen to the urging inside of you and give that person a voice.

You might become the ultra-disciplined writer who sets aside an hour a day. You might end up only writing a few hours a month. Whatever your schedule I urge you to follow the nudge to write. You won’t regret it!

Write On!

Do you have a proven successful strategy for committing to writing in your life? Give us your suggestions here and we’ll share them.