Blog Category: Writing

How to Write 12 Books This Year

Maria had a crush on Mark. But Mark was going out with Jen. And I had a crush on Maria but I thought I was too worthless for her. Mark wanted to…

Maria had a crush on Mark. But Mark was going out with Jen. And I had a crush on Maria but I thought I was too worthless for her. Mark wanted to be a writer. He read James Joyce and could quote Thomas Pynchon. He had a beard. He wanted to write “The Great American […]

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What Is the Best Writing Advice You Have Received?

I was thrown out of graduate school because I thought women would only like me if I published a novel. So every day, starting in 1990, I wrote 3,000 words a day.…

I was thrown out of graduate school because I thought women would only like me if I published a novel. So every day, starting in 1990, I wrote 3,000 words a day. I’d go up to girls in bars and ask if I could read to them. 100% of them would say no. Or laugh […]

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MY THIRD BOOK CHALLENGE: WHAT WOULD JESUS EAT?

In the Choose Yourself Publishing Group, I post a new book challenge approximately once a month. [Get access to the Group here.] The idea of each challenge is: The book can be…

In the Choose Yourself Publishing Group, I post a new book challenge approximately once a month. [Get access to the Group here.] The idea of each challenge is: The book can be done in a month The book doesn’t have to be big (30-50 pages is fine for a self-published book. More of course is […]

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29 Quotes To Help Inspire You

A big thanks to “Wealthy Gorilla” for collecting these 29 quotes that inspired him from my writing. It was nice to be reminded of some of the things I’ve written over the…

A big thanks to “Wealthy Gorilla” for collecting these 29 quotes that inspired him from my writing. It was nice to be reminded of some of the things I’ve written over the years. So I’m sharing them below. — 1.) “Always say to yourself, I’d rather be healthy than right. Because the infection of someone […]

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The BEST Thing About Self-Publishing

I was sick of it. Every book publisher (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hay House, etc.) said the same thing: “We’re great at marketing. We’ll take care of it for you.” Then when it…

I was sick of it. Every book publisher (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hay House, etc.) said the same thing: “We’re great at marketing. We’ll take care of it for you.” Then when it came time to publish the book, they all said something like, “So I guess you should start tweeting it out. We don’t do […]

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Are You There Judy Blume, It's Me James

Judy Blume taught me how to masturbate. Judy Blume also taught me how to love. When I was ten I read all of her young adult books (82 million books sold), “Tales…

Judy Blume taught me how to masturbate. Judy Blume also taught me how to love. When I was ten I read all of her young adult books (82 million books sold), “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” “Blubber,” etc. Then I memorized the sex scene in “Forever”. Then I memorized ALL the sex scenes in […]

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I Don't Know What I Will Do

But I’m done. At least with this arc. I know when I was at my worst moments, I focused on improving four things in my life. Whenever I worried, or woke up…

But I’m done. At least with this arc. I know when I was at my worst moments, I focused on improving four things in my life. Whenever I worried, or woke up anxious, or woke up filled with so much regret and shame, I would just ask myself: are these thoughts contributing to me improving […]

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