The Brave Little Blog

Posts about braving boss life, business and the blank page

Begin the Book On Your Bucket List. Part 4: Know Your Reader

By Ally Berthiaume | February 28, 2022

Watch this video to understand how your reader ISN’T everyone, why focusing on one reader is beneficial, and some ways to create their profile so you know who you’re writing your book to.

Begin the Book On Your Bucket List. Part 3: Know Your Why

By Ally Berthiaume | February 22, 2022

There is a lot to consider when you first get the idea to write a book, such as your motivations. What’s your ‘why’? Why do you want to write a book? What is your reason, or better, the deep mission or purpose for writing this book?

Begin the Book On Your Bucket List. Part 2: Explore Your Idea

By Ally Berthiaume | February 15, 2022

I love to figure out what the book idea wants to be – what direction does it want to go, who does it want to speak to, what does it want to say?

Uncovering the answers to these questions I believe is equal parts taking intentional action to discover the answers AND letting the book reveal itself to you and being open enough to listen.

Begin the Book On Your Bucket List. Part 1: Create Your Book’s Plan

By Ally Berthiaume | February 8, 2022

Fear and doubt don’t really just up and disappear one day. I just practice living with them, like the roommates you can’t get rid of or the unwanted dinner party guest who accidentally got the invite.

Expert Tip – Knowing Your Audience is Critical to Your Book and Here’s Why

By Ally Berthiaume | February 1, 2022

Your audience is the group of people who are going to pick up your book, turn it over in their hands, and determine if they’ll buy it. You need them. A book isn’t for everyone, because not everyone wants to read the same book. Think of who YOU are writing to and your audience will show themselves.

Anniversary of our goodbyes. WRITING THROUGH GRIEF.

By Ally Berthiaume | January 17, 2022

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Want to get started writing that book? Here is an expert tip.

By Ally Berthiaume | January 3, 2022

The first step in starting the book you’ve been wanting to write is to look within. Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”? I’ve got an expert tip to help with that.

I’m Having a Very Lonnie Christmas. Writing Through Grief.

By Ally Berthiaume | December 23, 2021

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Reflections on the Past Year – Life’s Lessons, Guiding Lights, and Gifts

By Ally Berthiaume | December 3, 2021

This past year hasn’t been perfect or easy but it’s provided a great number of gifts, proving that even in life’s messy moments there is guiding light and beauty.

Lessons Learned From Writing My Book, Dear Universe, I Get it Now

By Ally Berthiaume | October 28, 2021

My book, ‘Dear Universe, I Get It Now’ is turning one this month. I am so proud of what I accomplished in getting my first book out in the world and I want to share with you what I learned.