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Writers should consider just-in-time learning to round out their education I work at home. My office window looks out at the bus stop. Each school day I see kids waiting to get on the bus. And each afternoon the bus … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: November 18, 2017, 11:00 am

Speaking your punctuation when dictating slows you down, but it is possible to do So far I’ve only used dictation to write nonfiction. My next step is fiction. This becomes a little bit more complex, because we must speak our … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: November 11, 2017, 11:00 am

Presented at the 2017 Grand Rapids WordCamp Hi, I’m Peter DeHaan. Here’s a little bit of information about me. I’m a published writer. I’m a passionate blogger. I’ve written about 2,200 blog posts for myself and about 500 for other … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: November 4, 2017, 10:00 am

A simple word of encouragement can mean a lot to a writer As a person who uses words to make a living, words have a great impact on me. The words of others have encouraged me—and discouraged me. Even the … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: October 28, 2017, 10:00 am

Remember that we write for people and not computer algorithms People have different opinions as to the ideal length of a blog post. When I first started blogging almost ten years ago, I heard you needed at least 200 words … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: October 21, 2017, 10:00 am

Celebrate the benefits of using your voice to produce your first draft A couple years ago I heard about authors using dictation to write the first draft of their books. Although intrigued by the idea of using speech-to-text software to … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: October 14, 2017, 10:00 am

In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: October 7, 2017, 10:00 am

We’re wise to learn what we can from other writers who have gone before us This blog is about writing and publishing. I share what I know in the posts, and you share what you know in the comments. Our … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 30, 2017, 10:00 am

In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Consider these six items: 1) Quality is Often Lacking: Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:00 am

In my post “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides. Consider these five items: 1) It Takes Longer: Unless … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 16, 2017, 10:00 am

Too many experts say writers must blog, but that may not be good advice As writers we’re told that if we want to be successful at publishing our work, then we need an author platform. Yes, this is true. Publishers … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 9, 2017, 10:00 am

Being a writer requires giving up other things, and making it a priority requires sacrifice It’s been said that some people really don’t want to write, they want to have written. They want to see the results, without putting in … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 2, 2017, 10:00 am

Despite what seems like user apathy, Google+ continues to move forward In talking about social media for authors, we’ve looked at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Goodreads. What about Google+? I’m on Google+, but I often wonder why. Google+ began … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 26, 2017, 10:00 am

1) Greater Control: Self-published authors enjoy more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but either way they have more control, usually a lot more. 2) Earn More Per … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 19, 2017, 10:00 am

In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 12, 2017, 10:00 am

I once read that blogging is a form of self-publishing. The author’s opinion gave me pause. It seemed a simplistic claim. I felt it in some way diminished the noble art of publishing. Anyone can blog, and it seems most … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 5, 2017, 10:00 am

Authors who use dictation claim a much higher writing speed I’ve recently been experimenting with using dictation to write and bought a USB headset to reduce dictation errors. So far I’m excited with the process and anxious to get better … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 29, 2017, 10:00 am

A quality headset reduces dictation errors Last week I shared my first steps at using dictation as an alternative way to write. To test dictation I didn’t invest any money in software or hardware, as I merely wanted to do … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 22, 2017, 10:00 am

Writers claim to dramatically increase their writing speed by speaking instead of typing In listening to podcasts and reading blogs, I’ve heard a lot about writers using dictation. This intrigued me. There are two reasons why I wanted to try … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 15, 2017, 10:00 am

Today’s hot writing advice may prove embarrassing in a few years I still have the mimeograph handout from high school, from oh so many years ago. The title boasts “50 Substitutes for Said.” The opening instruction says, “Both color and … Continue reading

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Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 8, 2017, 10:00 am