The Habits of a Master — Paulo Coelho, Author of The Alchemist (#154)

The Habits of a Master — Paulo Coelho, Author of The Alchemist (#154)

“A successful writing day is the day that I suffer in the morning, and I have fun in the evening.” -Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho (paulocoelho on Facebook) has long been one of my writing inspirations. His books, of near universal appeal, span from The Alchemist to the most recent Adultery and have been translated into more than 70 …

How to Write a Bestselling Book This Year — The Definitive Resource List and How-To Guide

How to Write a Bestselling Book This Year — The Definitive Resource List and How-To Guide

If you want to write a bestselling book, don’t reinvent the wheel. I get at least a dozen email a week from friends who want to write books. After three #1 bestsellers from 2007 to 2012, and publishing in 35+ countries, I’ve tried a lot. Having experimented with everything from “traditional” (Random House) to Amazon …

The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon

The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon

Wine is part of my creative process. How I use it has been influenced by other writers. Why reinvent the wheel? Sometimes, peculiar routines are the key to sanity… and productivity. For years, I wrote from 11pm-4am or so, fueled by carefully timed yerba mate tea, Malbec, and Casino Royale left on repeat in my …

The Ugly New York Times Bestseller — The Creative Process in Action

The Ugly New York Times Bestseller — The Creative Process in Action

(Photo: photosteve101) “Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will …