Before long, the initial idea became a few pages of frantic notes that seemed like they could, maybe, one day, be turned into a book. What I didn’t have was any idea of what it took to get a book out into the world. So it felt like a lucky sign when I heard a radio ad that asked, “Do you have an idea for a book?”
The ad was for the Miami Writers Institute, an annual creative-writing conference produced by the Miami Book Fair. And in 2006, one of their courses was a four-day class on how the entire publishing process worked.
I signed up immediately.
Since that first class, I’ve written a nonfiction book, a children’s book, and a novel, as well as smaller pieces like articles and columns. I’ve also attended over a decade’s worth of courses at the Miami Writers Institute. And I’ve got many notebooks full of writing tips to prove it.
Recently, I distilled the lessons I’ve learned from the last fourteen years into a fourteen-day email series. The result is part creative-writing crash course, part mobile-friendly memoir of discovering what it takes to build a writing career.
Might we de think of this as Hard Liquor for the Writer’s Soul? Well, it’s definitely got more of a kick than chicken soup. It’s a two-week sprint through years of lessons learned by trial and error, with the occasional indignities that process entails. That, plus my favorite nuggets of advice from a tall stack of notebooks from all those writing workshops. It’s also totally and honestly free; there will be no offer for subscription-based advice or coaching services in these emails. (On the flip-side, I’m not promising you an easy way to become a successful author. So. . .)
If you’d like to get the emails, you can enter your email address here or in the form below. No matter what stage you’re at in your own writing life, I hope you find them helpful.