5 Mistakes Authors Make Writing A Book – Kim O’Hara

Film Courage: What are five steps to writing a bad book?

Kim O’Hara, Author/Book Coach/Speaker/Podcaster: Only talking about yourself without a purpose or a mission of something that you want to have the reader experience like joy or a journey or an emotional release (I’m talking more in memoir and self-help). Using language like it and this and maybe and perhaps in kind of vague terms instead of rewriting the sentences. Every sentence should be a thing of beauty. It’s a book, take your time to make every line matter. Don’t just think Well, those sentences were good, these can be kind of a slough off. Rewrite, make every sentence beautiful. Don’t aim low, don’t decide I’m just going to write an eBook and give it away for free…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).




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Kim O’Hara was born in Warren, Rhode Island, and produced her first motion picture at the age of 25. She was the screenwriter on American Reunion. She is very open about the fact that she thought she could make movies about troubled characters to heal audiences, but found frustration in limited distribution of her films. Her personal crisis and recovery from sexual abuse and addictions after the birth of her second child led her to discover book coaching, and she opened her company A Story Inside. She coaches women ready to speak their truth through writing their books. Writing is a challenge for many people, then add in recovery from the shame and denial of sexual abuse. Kim’s book makes healing through writing accessible to anyone with her signature writing prompts. No subject is untouched, from spirituality to sexuality, and she is candid about all the maneuvers she did to avoid facing this dark shadow in her life.


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