More Writer’s First Aid

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    You won’t actually find bandages or medicine in More Writer’s First Aid. But in 48 short chapters, you will find cures for dealing with disappointment and jealousy, writing despite physical and emotional pain, banishing procrastination once and for all, and combining writing with parenting (from infancy to adulthood.) “We’re all in this together” has been Kristi’s constant reminder to readers of her first book and her blog. (Read sample chapters below in the Contents.)

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Kristi has had nearly 40 books published in 30 years of writing, taught writing for the Institute of Children’s Literature for more than 25 years, and has guided, mentored and taught hundreds of aspiring writers (both as an instructor and blogger for more than 55,000 subscribers.) “I started writing on an Iowa farm, very isolated, with no Internet and no other writers around,” Kristi says. “It’s not about how talented you are–and it’s not who you know–that gets you published. Most often the published writers are simply those writers who refused to quit. I can help you persevere until you publish.”

In addition to the uplifting encouragement you found in Kristi’s first book for writers, More Writer’s First Aid  includes:

  • eight more articles (48 versus 40) to inspire you [See Contents below]
  • a new “family matters” section on combining writing with parenting children from birth to adulthood
  • advice on current time management issues like e-mail and information overload
  • portability for today’s modern reader–keep it handy on your computer’s desktop
  • live links within the chapters leading to referenced books, classes, websites, and authors
“Keeping Kristi’s wise words nearby means always having the best writer friend possible immediately within reach,” says Sandy Asher, editor of Writing It Right: How Successful Children’s Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories. “As the song goes, ‘When the dog bites, when the bee stings . . . ,’ simply pick up this book and realize once again that Kristi Holl knows what you’re up against, has given the problem serious consideration, and is on your side in getting it solved. Like the earlier volume of Writer’s First Aid, this is a book to relish bit by refreshing bit, in good times and in times of need.”

“More Writer’s First Aid should be within easy reach on every writer’s desktop,” says published author Patricia Curtis Pfitsch. “Kristi’s insight and advice guide us around the subtle traps of our 21st century life that can derail even the most talented writer’s dreams.”

“Author Kristi Holl knows what counts and what works when it comes to ‘getting the writing done!’ She not only provides action steps but she is also sensitive to a writer’s emotions, family obligations, and personal challenges,” says Karen O’Connor. “Written in a conversational style as though she is sitting across from you over a cup of tea, Holl encourages all writers to honor themselves as artists and to live in a place of mindfulness–taking our lives and our writing one day at time. I’m inspired and know you will be too.”

“Whether you’re a starting-out writer or well down the published road, you’ll find a ton of value in Kristi Holl’s book,” says published author Sherryl Clark. “Her wisdom, born of long experience as a writer, is like a guiding light. This is the book you need for good and bad writing days!”



  • What Kind of Boss Are You?                                         
  • Honoring the Writing Process                                         
  • Dealing with Disappointment                                          
  • Striving for Contentment                                             
  • Breaking the Procrastination Cycle                              
  • How Tight Is Your Bow?                                           
  • Joining a Work in Progress                                        
  • Writing through Physical Pain                                   
  • Mentors or Tormentors?                                           
  • Mindful or Multi-Tasker?                                          
  • Perfectionist Writers                                                
  • Misplaced Dreams                                                  


  • Change: Making It Stick                                          
  • “Not” To Do List                                                
  • Counting the Cost                                                 
  • Focus: the Power of Scheduling                            
  • Getting the Writing Done                                      
  • Undo It Yourself                                                  
  • Timing is Everything                                             
  • E-mail: the Hidden Enemy                                     
  • Finding Time: Pruning before Prioritizing              
  • Procrastination: Have You Tried An Unschedule? 
  • The Power of Writing Things Down                      
  • Course Corrections                                             


  • Write What You Love                                          
  • Facing Your Creative Fears                                          
  • Writer Imaging                                                    
  • Silent Sabotage                                                   
  • Stages of Writing                                                
  • Sorting Out the Voices                                        
  • Conquering the Green-Eyed Monster                   
  • Give Up Your Perpetual Maybe                           
  • Writing through the Storms of Life                      
  • Dealing with Rejections and Setbacks                  
  • Writing after Major Losses                                  
  • Get Your Fear Shot!                                           


  • Set Boundaries to Write More                            
  • Creativity and Noise: Do They Mix?                    
  • Hats Off to Mom Writers                                   
  • Household Have-to’s                                        
  • Writers: Always Working                                   
  • Busy—or Crazy Busy?                                      
  • A Parent’s Writing Schedule                             
  • Writing through Relationship Struggles               
  • Combining Babies, Bylines and School-Age Children
  • Writing during the Teen and Early Adult Years          
  • Running on Parallel Tracks                                       
  • Cherish the Commonplace   


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