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new article fear of writing

New Article: Fear of writing

by David Patterson
December 10,2014

fear of writingA lot of people have a fear of writing. They almost always fall into one of two groups. There are those who know they would be a great writer if they could just find the time to start something, or finish what they’ve started. And then they’re the people who claim they couldn’t write if their life depended on it. Why is fear of writing so prevalent?

New Article: Good writing is about what you leave out

New Article: Good writing is about what you leave out

David Patterson
April 25, 2014

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More nonfiction writing is made worse by what is included than by what is left out—think about and then read an article I’ve just posted examining the need for clarity of purpose and path in nonfiction writing.

Ghostwriting certification program

Ghostwriting certification program offered

David Patterson
October 4, 2013

Claudia SuzanneClaudia Suzanne has been a force for getting respect and opportunities for ghostwriters. Among other things she runs a program at California State University Long Beach that leads to certification as a professional ghostwriter. Registration is open for the next class.

Claudia is the founder and chair of Ghostwriters Unite, which produced the first ever conference of ghostwriters this past May. I was a faculty member at the conference and it was one of the most rewarding such events in which I have ever participated.

Claudia has pulled a good team of writers around her and I am sure that anyone interested in ghostwriting will benefit from the certification program and classes.

Becoming a good writer

New article: How to become a good writer

David Patterson
September 14, 2013

Posted a fresh article on How To Become a Good Writer. There’s no guarantee than the three things cited in this article will make you a good writer. But I can guarantee that you won’t achieve your full potential as a writer unless you do them. Read article

How do you know when it’s time to write a book?

How do you know when it’s time to write a book?

David Patterson
August 28, 2013

There is an interesting discussion taking place on the Linked in group “LinkEds & writers” started yesterday by Kelsey Meyer about knowing when it’s time to write a book. At this point there are 17 comments.

Elegant writing

New article: Elegant writing

David Patterson
July 9, 2013

Posted a fresh article on elegant writing, what it is, and why it produces the most effective nonfiction books. I have striven to produce elegant writing all my career. The goal is to say the most with the least complexity. Basically to get your writing out of the way of the reader. Read the article

Guy Kawasaki on importance of social meida for authors

Guy Kawasaki on importance of social media for authors

David Patterson
June 14, 2013

Guy KawasakiGuy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and author, has a post on LinkedIn in which he says, “One of the most important factors that traditional publishers use to decide whether to acquire a book is the marketing platform of its author.” Continue reading

Writing workshop kills interesting topic with boring academia

Writing workshop kills interesting topic with boring academia

David Patterson
June 5, 2013

Went to a workshop on writing last weekend that was offered through a university. Wanted to see what approach it would take. It was touted as addressing the breaking down of the walls between Continue reading

To ebook or not to ebook, that was the question

To ebook or not to ebook, that was the question

David Patterson
May 28, 2013

At the 2013 Ghostwriters Unite conference at which I was a faculty member earlier this month, a lively discussion evolved around whether to self publish as an ebook or to take the traditional route Continue reading