Video: How James Goll Got Started as an Author

This week I have a nine-minute excerpt from James W. Goll’s keynote address at the Write Your Book Workshop in Franklin, TN, January 17-18, 2014, explaining the “door that led to many doors” in writing and publishing.

James is a friend and the author or contributor to over 30 books, including an additional 20 study guides.

We are hosting another workshop in the Nashville area May 16-17. See for details.

Also, if you know someone who you think should write a book, please feel free to forward them this information.

How I Write with Alice Patterson

BRPD - Front Cover - 2012.10.12How I Write — Interview with Alice Patterson
Author of Bridging the Racial and Political Divide

I had the privilege of working with Alice to publish her book in 2010 with a second printing in 2012. More than any other book, her writings have helped me to understand race relations in politics; the power of repentance, reconciliation, and prayer in the governmental arena; and the spiritual influence on political parties and platforms.

Alice is a woman of integrity, trusted by leaders on both sides of the aisle. Below is an interview with Alice about how she writes. I think a big takeaway from her writing process is the power of story in the context of a nonfiction book. Also how keeping a heart-felt journal can help you write from the heart when it’s time to write your book.

You can read an excerpt from her book on my website here.

Why did you write your book?
My book started as a research project because I had to understand what God was saying to me. When I shared what I had learned with friends, they encouraged me to write it down. If the topic was important to me and others I trust, I knew it would be important to a broader audience.

What do you like the most about the book? What will other readers find interesting?
I’ve been amazed at what readers have found most interesting. It’s like the Holy Spirit makes different parts of the book come alive based on the reader’s need. One reader received grace about a past abortion. I’m not sure how she got that out of this book, but I’m glad she did. Another learned the principle of corporate pain. It was new information to him and important for people in politics. Others have been set free from racism. A pastor of a Hispanic church took a worship declaration about the greatness of God from the book and starts his Sunday morning services with that.

How did you write the book? What was your writing process?
I tried to put together an outline but couldn’t. I had taken several writing courses but struggled to follow those instructions. I heard someone talk about the power of story—that it’s stories that people remember. I can tell stories, so that’s how I wrote the book. The final book is in the order I wrote it and when I was done, I was done. I enjoy having an assignment to write. I like having a topic and a deadline, but sometimes the hardest part of writing is figuring out what to say. The beginning process is the hardest. Although I didn’t have a outline for the book, I just started writing stories.

[Read more…]

How I Write with Eric T. Smith

The-Science-of-a-Woman ebookHow I Write – Interview with Eric T. Smith
Author of The Science of a Woman—The Art of Manhood

In 2012 I had the privilege of working with Eric T. Smith on his book The Science of a Woman—The Art of Manhood: Keys to the Glory of Marriage.

An excerpt from this book has received more views than any other posts on my website.

Below is an interview with Eric about how he writes. He provides some fantastic insights about how you can know when you are ready to write your book.


Why did you write your book?
I had a message vital to everyday life that wasn’t being said or was rarely being said. Many experiences and personal revelation all came together so that it finally dawned on me that there’s something wrong with the matrix—something wrong with the world. Just like Neo in the movie The Matrix, I started to see behind the scenes and like Neo I felt I had to do something about it.

What is the most common response to your book?
The most common response is, “You’ve put into words something that I’ve felt on the inside but have never heard said before.” Readers’ paradigms shift with every page, but it’s like their paradigm is shifting back to normal—back to something that’s as old as creation itself.

How did you write the book? What was your writing process?
Over the years I’ve tried to limit myself to say only what I actually understand. This discipline keeps me from having to revise some of my statements later. Writing becomes easy to the degree you know what you’re talking about.

Artesian wells have a natural pressure that produces a constant supply of water—so much that you don’t know what to do with it all. It’s a lot more work to get water to the surface from a conventional well. Proverbs 20:5 says that counsel or wisdom is like deep water and the wise person will draw it out. But there’s a difference between having to work hard to draw it out and having it right at the surface.

I write out of the overflow and I encourage every writer to write out of the overflow. Jesus said that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Meaning that natural, fluid communication comes out of that which your heart is full of. The message in my book had pressure behind it. It was like I was pregnant with it, but I couldn’t write it down until it came to full term.

The message was inside of me for a couple of years developing and growing, but then it got to a point that it had to come out. So writing for me was like opening the valve of fire hose that had pressure on it. When I sat down to write, I didn’t experience any writer’s block at all.

If you limit yourself to writing only about what you know about, writing becomes much easier. Some write about things they’re interested in, but not what they’re fully acquainted with. So they struggle and the beginning and end of their book is helpful, but the middle ends up being filled with only their uncertain ponderings.

[Read more…]

How I Write with Mark DuPré

HTALAGU Front CoverHow I Write – Interview with Mark DuPré
Author of How to Act Like a Grown-Up

In the fall of 2012 I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Mark DuPré to publish his book How to Act Like a Grown-Up. Below is an interview with Mark about how he writes.

Why did you write your book How to Act Like a Grown-Up?
I wrote the book out a genuine concern for the younger generation. As a parent, professor, and pastor I saw certain perspectives they were lacking. Some of the problems were humorous. Others troubling. Either I could lament or complain about it, or I could make something available as a genuine help to guide those who really want to grow up.

What do you like the most about the book? What will other readers find interesting?
Most people respond to the humor in the book. They also like the short, readable chapters that you can digest piece by piece.

How did you write the book? What was your writing process?
It began as a blog. I did that on purpose because a blog every week forced me to produce something. Sometimes I would write three or four blogs at a sitting; other times I did the blog post the night before it was due.

[Read more…]