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Monday, Sep 22, 2008
Writer's Block
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Monday, Sep 22, 2008 09:44
I was staying in a waterfront hotel last Thursday night. I woke up Friday morning, turned my computer on, and the ideas and creativity started pouring out. I did not want to leave!

Then, there is tonight. It has been a while since I made an entry in this blog, so I had decided that I was going to sit down tonight and write.

Guess what? I could not think of a thing to say. That doesn't happen to me very often, but I felt the dreaded "writer's block" tonight.

The funny thing is, as soon as I wrote Writer's Block as the headline, I had something to write about. Sometimes you just have to write something and see where it takes you.

Next time you think you have writer's block, just write the first thing that comes into your head, and keep writing.

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Tuesday, Sep 09, 2008
Write in Small Pieces
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Tuesday, Sep 09, 2008 10:56
I read an article today in Toastmasters Magazine written by Darren LaCroix, a professional speaker and Toastmasters' 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking. In his article he talks about how to shorten a long speech, and how to keep the audience interested.

"Edit, edit, edit," says LaCroix. He asks himself, "How can I say the same thing in fewer words?" He adds, "Rather than trying to shorten the whole speech, think about how you can take three sentences and combine them into one. If you do it in smaller pieces, it's a lot easier."

Just after reading that, I knew I had to write this in my blog. We are not writing speeches here, we are writing books. However, the same principle applies.

Write your book in small pieces. It is much easier to write one chapter than it is to write a whole book. An aspiring author needs to choose chapter titles before trying to write their book. Once the chapter titles are created, the book is much easier to write.

Sometimes the thought of writing a book is so overwhelming, aspiring writers will give up because they cannot get the book started. I think one of the main problems is that they are not breaking it down into small pieces.

If anyone reading this has had trouble getting started writing their book, try creating the chapter titles first, and then write one chapter. And, don't write the first chapter first. You don't have to go in order. Write what comes out easily, and you can put the rest in place.

And, if you are not already a public speaker, join Toastmasters. It will help build your confidence for when you are promoting your book on a book tour!

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Saturday, Aug 30, 2008
First Tele-Conference
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 05:17
We had our first tele-conference this week, and I want to thank all of you who participated. Christina Rowe of Author Guru talked about the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, and the myths of traditional publishing. We had several people make comments and ask questions. The only glitch was that it was supposed to be recorded for the members who could not be on the call. When I went to retrieve it, it was not there. I emailed the company to find out why, and they still haven't gotten back to me. Now I hear that others have had the same issue with the company. Now they tell me! I will use another company next time so that it can be recorded and posted on the site. I feel that members who were not on the call would have learned a lot from the tele-conference. I have posted the link to the free video Christina offered, and links to the websites we recommended on the call, on the monthly tele-conference page on this site. You will find the link to the monthly tele-conference page on the left of the home page, under the Resources category.

It's Labor Day weekend. I plan on taking tomorrow off and relaxing, for a change. I hope you all can do the same.

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Sunday, Aug 17, 2008
Internet Access
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Sunday, Aug 17, 2008 12:01
I took a road trip to visit my mother in Richmond over the weekend. My Verizon wireless broadband decided not to work, and I was stuck with AOL dial up for the whole weekend. It was challenging, to say the least.

Compared to the old days of dial up, I would say it was pretty fast. Compared to high-speed cable or broadband, I would say it was pretty slow. It was frustrating for me because I have so much work to do on this site, and I had planned on getting a lot of work done while I was visiting my mother.

I did not get as much done on the site as I had hoped. I have many resources and benefits to add, and the slow connection was making it difficult to work. I did get the tip of the week out, the featured advisor page is finally up, some new members were added, I moderated and participated in discussion forums, and answered emails.

I am staying at a hotel near Brunswick, Georgia tonight on my way back to Florida. The hotel has high speed wireless internet and that makes me very happy. The things you take for granted...

I am heading back to Florida tomorrow, just in time for a hurricane. Not a nice way to be welcomed home. Oh well, it's good to travel because it makes you appreciate home (and high speed), even with a hurricane on the way.

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Monday, Aug 11, 2008
Scholarships
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Monday, Aug 11, 2008 05:22
I sent an email to the HowToWriteYourFirstBook.com subscriber list last week, stating that I would give 10 aspiring authors a free one year membership to IAOAA. The response was overwhelming. There are so many great writers who deserve a break, I gave more than the 10 alloted free memberships.

As I said in the email, "You might ask why I would offer such a thing. I would love to tell you that I am such a good person and I just want to help people. Well, that is true, but another reason is kind of selfish. I believe that what you give away will come back to you, blessed and multiplied. I believe you get back more than you ever give. Another reason is that someone gave me a break when I needed one, and I want to pay it forward."

After reading the responses, I got a wonderful feeling of gratitude and joy. To hear the stories of the aspiring authors, with the sincerity and passion that comes through in their writing, it warms my heart to know that I can offer a glimmer of hope to aspiring writers who needed a break.

I truly got more than I gave.

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