I’ve been listening to the You Are Not So Smart podcast and it’s got me thinking about ways that we all have cognitive bias and ways of thinking that get in our way. I’ve been wondering, what if I created characters that have obvious cognitive bias (obvious to the readers), that they themselves can’t see? What if, characters weren’t morally flawed, but just blind to the truth?
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on July 18, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
The popularity of self-publishing continues to encourage people to write and publish all kinds of books. Many of them contain information people need to apply to their lives. But it's not happening because there is a big difference between presenting and teaching.
I work with some of today's most accomplished authors by helping them deconstruct their content and reconstruct it so it is teachable. For more than a…
Over the years, I’ve heard a few authors complain, “Finding names for my characters is hard,” or, “My character names seem cheesy.” In a lot of my writing exercises, I feel like I struggle with character names too. But, lately, I’ve been experimenting with a few ideas that have turned out well.
This is the most effective idea in…Continue
Added by Michael Allen Williamson on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
You want the world—or at least your niche—to know about your book, but how do you get the message out? Interviews, particularly radio shows and podcasts, can be an extremely effective medium for spreading the word.
I get that. I know that interviews are important, but they also make me a little nervous. As a…Continue
I love hearing great speakers present a well-crafted message. I especially love presentations when the speaker is an author whose books I've read. Even if we've never met, it feels as if we have a connection. I’m eager to hear my favorite authors speak because their message has already intrigued, entertained, or inspired me.
So when I learned…Continue
My wife Angie and I were at a fundraising dinner last night for a local ministry that we support. As we were leaving the venue, we were having a powerful conversation with our good friend Debbie about …Continue
I want to let everyone know that I'm offering 5,000 words of free editing from today until Saturday. And, next Thursday through Saturday I'll be giving the same offer. I want to give you each a taste of Same-Day Editing, which I hope will change the way editing is done.
Everyone needs an editor, and I don't want time or budget to be barriers for writers to hire high-quality editors. And this goes beyond writers; if you have…Continue
Added by Dustin Schwanger on February 5, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments
How many times have you said to yourself, “if I could just make more money, I’d never have to worry about finances again”, or “if I had x amount of dollars, all my financial problems would be solved for good”.
In a moment of excitement mixed with mild terror, I heard the blood rushing in my ears. My pulse twitched visibly in my neck. Any minute now Skype would ding and the radio interviewer would be on the other end of the line. I'd prepared for this moment. (At least I hoped I was prepared enough.) I kept reminding myself: I need to do this. I want to do this. I'm excited to do this.…Continue
Just YESTERDAY I realized that my new book, Get Personal, wasn't featured on my website. Hmmm, does that make sense? …Continue
On June 24th Dorsey McHugh and I had our first big book signing event at Two Old Hippies, a "hip" place in Downtown Nashville that is a whole lot of fun! And a very appropriate place for our "debut" due to the fact that Dorsey lived and breathed hippie back in the '60's and early '70s. I knew about them....but I was too busy being "Suzy Homemaker" for my single parent family…Continue
The DHL delivery guy just rang the bell and handed me my new book.
I wanted to hug him. (I didn't because such a display of affection would brand me as "that weird American." Truth is, I probably already have that reputation, and in retrospect, I should have hugged him.)
It's like when the nurse hands you your baby for the…Continue
My new book is available now on Kindle. (YAY!!)
The book, Get Personal: The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story, offers both encouragement and practical guidance on how (and why) to speak up about the ways God is active in our lives…Continue
This week has been a roller coaster of excitement and…Continue
Most historians and the American public tell us that Abraham Lincolnwas our Nation's greatest President by every measure applied. Abraham Lincoln was born into great poverty and faced defeat most of his life. Abe…Continue
Welcome to the start of a new month and a fresh page in your diary (or calendar depending on which side of the Atlantic you reside). I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to believe that we're already one-third of the way through the year! Time slides by like water down the drain. When I turn a new page on the calendar I am reminded of all I still want to do, see and become this year. I bet some of you are in the same boat.
So I have a challenge for you… and it’s one I’m taking…Continue
Matt is a writer who just finished the draft of his first book. He is planning now for the release of his book in a few months. Matt already decided to self-publish his book and make it look professional.
When Matt goes to his print-on-demand company of choice, he has a few options: does he take the cheap route and let the company assign an ISBN to his title? Or does he provide an ISBN of his own? Continue…Continue
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I would like some feedback for my third book. The cover i wanted to have an "urban Street Smarts" theme. The man on the cover is symbolic for "Street Smarts", but i'm wondering of its somewhat distracting from the Title. Should I leave him off? Also there's…Continue
Join us for a virtual celebration 7pm CST, Nov 7 for the launch of "Finding Your Voice"…
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