Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

It may surprise you to learn that confident writing has little to do with natural talent. In fact, most of what makes writers confident (and competent) boils down to mastering the basics.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Author, coach and communications consultant Alan Gelb teaches his students that writing is not something to get right or wrong. Instead, it’s something to work at. In his book Seven Steps to Confident Writing, he organizes his proven coaching into sections, teaching skills such as:

  • Writing to an audience
  • Clarity and brevity
  • Sentence structure
  • Tone

The seven steps include seeing the big picture, gearing up and revelling in the amazing, expandable, elastic, evolving sentence. Gelb takes readers on a journey from shifting the way they think about writing, through key grammar, word usage and writing rules and finishes with polishing (what he calls lapidary work). He uses examples from his own career to help readers understand how mastering the basics can lead to a career as a writer.

Entering the world of copywriting turned out to be a great thing for me, not just because it provided a good steady income, but also because it helped me become a far more precise writer.

Alan Gelb, Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Gelb has been a writer for more than four decades and uses common examples from his students’ (and his own) work throughout Seven Steps to Confident Writing. However, he never comes across as condescending or superior. You get the sense he genuinely wants you to become a confident writer.

Filled with helpful case studies, templates and samples, Seven Steps to Confident Writing is an inviting, encouraging read. Are you ready to become a confident writer?

Seven Steps to Confident Writing synopsis

Not everyone is a natural writer. In fact, most people don’t think that much about writing until they’re called upon to write something like an office memo or a wedding speech and find themselves paralyzed with self-doubt. Author and writing coach Alan Gelb specializes in helping anxious writers find their voice, drawing upon techniques that can improve anyone’s writing, sometimes in a matter of days. His compact and easy-to-use guide demystifies the writing process and shows readers how to sculpt concise sentences, shape well-structured paragraphs, polish a final draft, and combat procrastination. Best of all, readers will see for themselves that writing is not an inborn talent but a skill that can be mastered with a bit of patience and perseverance.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing was published on March 12, 2019 by New World Library.

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Write Your Book in a Flash [book review]

If you are looking for a systemized approach to writing a book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you’ll enjoy.

Write Your Book in a Flash

Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!

This is one of those prescriptive non-fiction books that is all business, in a good way. If you’re ready to write a book but are a bit stuck you’ll appreciate Janal’s jump-right-in approach.

Covering topics like overcoming blank canvas syndrome, framing your message and the secret to writing your book fast, Write Your Book in a Flash takes readers from wondering what you can write a book about to outlining and planning in 21 chapters.

There’s nothing fancy about this book. It’s a quick read, to the point and filled with tips and case studies. I’ll also note it was definitely written in a flash and not 100 per cent polished. That said, if you’re looking for a prosey literary piece on publishing then I don’t think you’d be interested in this book anyway.

So. If you’re ready to strap in and write but you’re wondering where to start, this is a great option.


Write Your Book in a Flash Synopsis

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Writing a Non-Fiction Business Book Without Wasting Time or Money?

Write Your Book in a Flash shows business executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders how to get focused fast, so you can write your book without tearing your hair out.

Most people dream of writing a book, but they get stopped in their tracks because of a fatal flaw. Without a clear system for writing a book, nothing gets finished.

The secret to completing a book quickly is to have a system. Unlike books that show you why you should write a book, this book actually shows you how to write a book! You’ll discover:

  • How to write a simple outline that makes the writing process faster and easier
  • How to research interesting ideas, stories, and facts so you never run out of ideas or information
  • Overcoming “The Imposter Syndrome” and other limiting beliefs that stifle nearly every would-be author
  • Clear examples that show you what to do (and what not to do)
  • Empowering exercises that show you how to write better and faster
  • Simple how-to steps anyone can follow to write a book

You’re about to learn a simple and proven system for writing a book that matters.

Even if you hated writing in the past, you’ll finally feel good about writing your book. Most importantly, you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Book

This is the perfect book to read if you are a thought leader, entrepreneur or business executive who wants to write a business book to build your personal brand, open doors to new opportunities, and leave a legacy of wisdom to future generations. Business leaders who write books get more clients at higher fees, have more impact, develop more credibility, and have more influence where it matters most: in front of clients, customers, and prospects.

Unlike other books on writing, Write Your Book in a Flash doesn’t debate the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Instead, it shows how to use your own work style and personal strengths, preferences, and personality, so you can write the book you were meant to share with the world.

Dan Janal has written more than a dozen books that help businesses build their brands, including seven books for publishing giant Wiley. He is an award-winning, daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor. As a publicity and marketing expert, he has helped more than ten thousand authors and experts build their platforms over the past sixteen years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.

Dan’s journalism awards include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Award for Excellence in News Writing, the Florida National Education Association’s Newsmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida, and the Greater Orlando Press Club’s Investigative Reporting award.

Write Your Book In a Flash is published by TCK Publishing.

If you are looking for a systemized approach to write your book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you'll enjoy.

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Love You S’more (The Campfire Series Book 3)

Love You S’More by Beth Merlin gives readers joy, freedom and excitement they found at summer camp. But she also adds in the life experience, and reality, of adulthood.

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Love You S’more

We begin this sweet tale in an English castle. Ahh. Gigi and her fiance Gideon are busy preparing to open the family home to the public. It’s all things quaint and romantic with a touch of elegance. I loved reading about Badgley Hall and thought it would make an ideal getaway. Is it real? Can I visit?

For the past four months, Gigi hid from her life and responsibilities. Because, you see, she was waiting for a vicious media storm of drama and intrigue to pass. Gigi was the victim of a scandalous photograph that went viral. It was with a former flame who just happened to be one of New York’s hottest commodities. Unfortunately for Gigi, she must return to New York to fulfil a commitment. This also means she must deal with her past.

My one issue

Despite knowing Love You S’More was the THIRD in author Beth Merlin’s campfire series, at some point I forgot. I was confused every time summer camp was referenced once Gigi returned to her friends and family in New York. I wondered, “Why is everyone so obsessed with summer camp?” (As if I’m any better.) I also couldn’t connect the S’more reference in title.

But it makes complete sense when you look at it as a whole, and eventually I put the pieces together. The majority of the story doesn’t require you to have read the first two in the series. Although it would give you more context into just why Gigi is so freaked out to return to New York. It will also put you better in touch with just how much drama there is in her life.

Love You S’More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you’re looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

Love You S’more Synopsis

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world –that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future? 

The Campfire Series
1. One S’more Summer 
2. S’more to Lose 
3. Love You S’more – Released Summer 2018!

Love You S'More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you're looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

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What is Prescriptive Non-Fiction?

The question, what is prescriptive non-fiction, isn’t the only question I received at a recent workshop I taught called Is It Time to Write Your Book. However, it’s one I have also asked so I thought it was an excellent topic to cover.

What is Prescriptive Non-Fiction

When I first started planning my book I thought there were two choices: fiction or non-fiction. But deciding on non-fiction is just the first step.

I outlined this a bit when I explained how word count changes based on book genre. Here is the TL;DR version.

Non-Fiction Genres

  • Devotional
  • Self-Help
  • Memoir
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Biography
  • Prescriptive/How-To

And yes, there are more genres within non-fiction (personal development, practical non-fiction, general non-fiction). But that’s another topic for another day.

What is Prescriptive Non-Fiction?

Prescriptive non-fiction books are known as being strong topical guides or instructional how-to books. They help readers accomplish something or acquire a new skill.

Here are a few examples.

From these titles you know what you’re getting. First you’ll learn how to walk in high heels, then how to get great book reviews and finally how to write a first draft in 30 days.

What does it take to write prescriptive non-fiction?

In order to write a prescriptive non-fiction book the author has to know and understand the topic at a deep level. Deeper than the people who are learning the topic. An expert, if you will. Another option, if the author is not an expert, is to curate interviews with experts and compile the information into a book.

Writing prescriptive non-fiction is a good option if you’re looking to write something but you don’t have an idea yet. Because chances are you’re an expert about something. Think about what you know a lot about, what you have interest in and what you think you could spend a lot of time talking about without getting bored. The more specific you can get, the better.

Everyone is an expert in something so writing prescriptive non-fiction is a good option if you're looking to write something but you don't have an idea yet.

If you’re looking for a challenge, read Nina Amir’s How to Blog a Prescriptive Nonfiction Book in 30 Days. Of course you’ll need a tight writing schedule to accomplish that but I know you’re up for it.


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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask. How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story

I suppose no one really knows how they’ll respond to a loved one’s death until it happens. If author Laura Fahrenthold’s experience is an indication, the process of grief isn’t linear.

Over a four year period, Fahrenthold takes readers on a cross-country journey of escape, self-discovery and letting go. It documents a family wrestling with losing their patriarch and continue living, despite having no idea what to do next.

For this family, an impromptu RV purchase becomes their salvation. It helped them deal with their loss in their own way. Their various summer road trips take them around North America, into the great outdoors and include many encounters with interesting people. Their experiences range from gut-wrenching sorrow to hilarious awkwardness and everything in between.

…the most effective tragedies are punctuated by moments of comic relief, giving people a chance to recuperate emotionally before the next painful blow hits.

Released June 26, 2018, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Indigo, Walmart and more.


The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story synopsis

When Bloomberg journalist Mark Pittman suddenly died, his widow spent four summers driving 31,152 miles searching for answers.

In her fearless memoir, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story, author Laura Fahrenthold presents a moving portrait of marriage, motherhood and mourning as she captains a 1993 RV sprinkling her husband’s ashes with their two young daughters and a stray dog in an epic quest for healing and understanding. Filled with insight and wit from a career in journalism, the story captures the family’s adventures and misadventures, her deeply-layered love story, and her hilarious slice-of-life dispatches where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS.

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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask, How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

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