Category Archives: Your Best Chapter

Famous Because…Because…Of Absolutely Nothing Except Because…You are You.

I was a celebrity in China. That’s how I felt, especially in West Lake, about an hour outside of Shanghai, when people clamored around us, wanting to take photographs with us. They saw us as novelties, as lucky charms, as … Continue reading

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Pam Mingle: On Writing, Finding A Literary Agent–and Your Third Career

I’m happy to welcome Pam Mingle, author of The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel, and Kissing Shakespeare. Diana: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel, like Kissing Shakespeare, your first book (which was for young adults) starts with … Continue reading

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Tatiana de Rosnay: On Writing Sarah’s Key, The Other Story, and Revealing Family Secrets

I’m delighted, honored and enchantée to host Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah’s Key (which has been translated into 38 languages) and who will publish her latest novel, The Other Story, on April 15, 2014. Diana: The Other Story, like Sarah’s Key, … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Don’t Jump Ahead. Just Do Today

If we’re going through a difficult time right now, we can remind ourselves that we only have to do this one day. We don’t have to—we can’t—tackle all our life’s challenges right now. We only have today to deal with. … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Want Joy? Practice These 11 Really, Incredibly Simple Things Every Day

Ah-hah, voila, presto! It really is easier than we think to make this day a great page in our best chapter of life. 1. We can start our day with Please. Please let this day be a good one. 2. … Continue reading

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Writer Dora Levy Mossanen: On Novels and Tapping Into Our Own Emotional Reservoir

I’m happy to welcome Dora Levy Mossanen, whose latest novel, just published on January 7, 2014 is Scent of Butterflies. She is also the author of the historical novels,  Harem, Courtesan and The Last Romanov. Diana: Your novels are all historical novels, set in exotic times … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Toss Out the New Year’s Resolution.

Toss out that New Year’s Resolution. Start with today. What can we do for ourselves today? There are 525,600 minutes in the coming year. As my friend, John Chancellor, points out on his blog, we can set aside 10 minutes … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: 5 Tips on Building Self-Esteem

My friend, Erika–the one who asked me, “How do you stop the pain of being alive?” — asked me another question, “How do you build self-esteem?” “Well, what do you feel like?” “Like I’m 6 years old.” “And what do you … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: “I Can’t Help It,” You Say. Oh, But You Can. One Self-Help Tip That Works. Guaranteed.

Sometimes our responsibilities overwhelm us. Sometimes we just don’t think we can’t make it through another second of our life as it is. Sometimes we don’t think we can ride or move or walk another step, another rotation of the … Continue reading

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Tips For Shy Writers: Once You Publish Your Book, You Have to Learn Marketing

So, you wrote a book. You got it published—whether you self-published it or got someone else to publish it for you, you still need to market yourself and stay in touch with your readers. Even a very successful writer like … Continue reading

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