Thursday, August 31, 2006
12:34 pm edt
How many conferences or workshops have you attended this year? Getting in touch with other writers, editors, or publishing
professionals can give you a better sense of your own goals, directions and market niches. At a national or international
conference you can see major developments in the industry and acquaint yourself with the newest developing resources and ideas
shaping the landscape. Of course a portion of your expense for these meetings and your travel and accommodations should be
at least partially deductible on your income taxes. The government is thereby actually encouraging you to develop your professional
connections and resources. How can you turn that down? Check out the many possibilities and select several that will give
you the best return on your investment of time and money. Sign up and go! You owe it to yourself.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Too Much Information
2:29 pm edt
When writing a book, you may feel the need to do as much research as possible in order to gain the best insight into
and understanding of your topic. Of course researching and familiarizing yourself with the details of your subject is important,
but you also can stall your project by trying to get more information than you actually need in order to move ahead with your
writing. There really is such a thing as "too much information." Many books have not been completed because of it.
You have to draw a boundary when you run the risk of doing more research than is actually necessary. How do you know
how much is necessary? Are you using research as a way to avoid your writing? Ask youself some challenging questions about
Begin your writing. As you come upon areas and issues that invite reconsideration of your understanding, stop and do
some additional research at that point. Don't get bogged down in too much information before you really need it.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
3:12 pm edt
Build a practice of asking questions. Explore the processes and realities of others as well as your own interests and
insights. Keeping a journal or log of the questions you have asked yourself or/and others during a day gives you a resource
and perhaps provides impetus for future projects which interest and intrigue you and invite further investigation. Once
you have a good collection of questions built up, you can come back at a later time and sift through your earlier questions
and responses and use that as a "jumping off" point for more detailed study. Be an inquiring mind. Ask questions.
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