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Are you ready to write your first draft?

Are you ready to write your first draft?

  Are you ready to start writing your book? My new class is live on Skillshare. Get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3h13nDx The act of sitting down in front of a blank page takes a certain amount of courage. It’s a long road with plenty of uncertainty ahead. But you can make a plan to get it done. This class is for anyone beginning a new book project, whether it’s your first book or your fourteenth, and whether you’re...

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How do you mix colors?

How do you mix colors?

  HERE IT IS! I’ve been promising to do this class on color mixing and the color wheel for a while now, and now it’s done. Here’s what it’s about: As an artist, you’re probably familiar with the color wheel, with the three primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, and the secondary colors of orange, purple, and green. But—have you ever looked at a color printer cartridge and noticed that printers don’t use ink...

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At Last–My Research Class is Here

At Last–My Research Class is Here

  The question I get asked most often is how I do my research. It’s a tricky question to answer–every book is different, every research question is different, every source is different. But I did my best to boil it down into one half-hour class. Watch this class on Skillshare, and get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3cYTfsK. Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, reported journalism, essays, or memoir,...

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Learn All My Evernote Tricks!

Learn All My Evernote Tricks!

  I just posted a class on Skillshare about how I use Evernote to keep track of my research and to brainstorm ideas. Check the class out here, and use this link to get 2 months free on Evernote. I get asked a lot about how I do my research. This is the first of a two-part answer. The first step is to come up with a tracking system, because without it, all that research gets lost. (I learned this the hard way!) I am devoted to Evernote and...

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Kopp Sisters Collages

  For a long time, I wasn’t at all interested in making any kind of art that had anything to do with the books I write. I just didn’t have any ideas along those lines. Sometimes my publicist would want me to make some art that could be used in some way for marketing purposes, and I absolutely hated that idea. The last thing I want is for art to become a thing that has deadlines and emails attached to it.I have always wanted art...

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Laid-Back Lettering

Laid-Back Lettering

If you want to add more artistic, colorful, dramatic lettering to your sketchbooks, journals, and artwork, but you don’t want to put in the hours it takes to really perfect a hand-lettering style, I made this class just for you! I love all the beautiful brush pen and modern calligraphy styles I see all over Instagram, but filling out practice sheets and trying to learn upstrokes and downstrokes felt too much like work for me. So I...

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Painting Doors and Windows with Ink and Watercolor

My new class is live on Skillshare! Go here to preview the class, and this link also gives you 2 months free on Skillshare, which is plenty of time to check out everything they have to offer. One of my favorite subjects to paint is old painted doors. They have so much character and they really tell the story of the place. There are a few challenges that are particular to drawing and painting doors, including: Getting the proportions...

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Create Your Own Book Video

Create Your Own Book Video

It’s here! I’ve created a step-by-step guide for authors who want to make high-quality videos about their books. The class is live on Skillshare now, and this link will give you two months’ free access to all the classes Skillshare has to offer.   As the author of over a dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, I’ve found that book videos can be useful at every stage of the publishing process,...

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Ink Your Drink! A new class on painting cocktails

NEW on Skillshare! I’m teaching the ink transfer technique I’ve been posting about lately on Instagram. To find out more about the class, and to get 2 months free on Skillshare, use this link. (And there are tons of great classes on Skillshare! I’m particularly fond of Jim Richard’s urban sketching class.) To see all the classes I’m teaching on Skillshare, here’s a link that shows you all the classes and also...

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I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

  We just went to Mexico together! Well, almost. I took my iPad to Guanajuato, Mexico last week and filmed an online class on travel sketching–so you can watch it and it’s almost like being there! I decided to focus on the two subjects that are easiest for beginners–building facades (meaning, looking straight on, no perspective skills required) and landscapes. This class walks you through the process I use when I’m...

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