ABOUT LYNDA McDANIEL
I love to write. I’ve been lucky, enjoying a successful 25+ year career as a professional writer. But I wasn’t born a great writer. I didn’t edit my high school newspaper or write for the college magazine. I just worked hard at my writing.
Which means you can write well too. The writers’ club is big and welcoming. You just need to keep practicing and learn a few tricks of the trade. I believe that everyone can learn to write well, and that’s why I now focus on coaching and teaching.
How I got my start
It all began at the end of a gravel driveway lined with tall pines and sun-dappled daffodils. Although it was years ago, I recall that day with the fiercest clarity: walking up to the massive oak door with a hand-forged handle, tugging on its surprising weight, and entering a world of art and craft, music and writing. There, at the Campbell Folk School, I met the director, who eventually asked if I’d like to learn public relations. To be honest, I should have answered, “What’s that?” Instead, I said, “Sure,” and took to it like ink to newsprint.
I wrote all kinds of things for the school: newsletters and press releases, articles and ads. Once I saw my first published article, I was hooked. I haven’t stopped writing since.
I’m proudest of the dozen books I’ve written. In 2009, I wrote Words at Work straight from my heart, a much-needed response to all the questions and concerns people have about writing today; it won top honors from the National Best Books Awards. That same year, I wrote Contemporary Hawai’i Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha, a coffee-table art book featuring 35 artists; it won several awards and sold out quickly.
The High Road Guide to the Mountains of North Carolina put me in touch with so many artists, chefs, and naturalists who call those gorgeous mountains home. Other notable books include Asheville: A View from the Top; The Insider’s Guide to the North Carolina Mountains; and my co-authored book with Virginia McCullough, Write Your Book Now!
I loved writing for arts and culture magazines such as Southern Living, Country Living, AmericanStyle, NICHE, Southwest Art, Yoga Journal, Associations Now, American Cinematographer, Arches, Chile Pepper, Restaurants USA, and Blue Ridge Country. Newspaper articles about art, food, and business ran in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and washingtonpost.com.M
About eight years ago, I began teaching how to write more effectively and start/finish/publish books. I’ve worked with artists and entrepreneurs, as well as executives/staff from organizations such as Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, Citibank, Del Monte, Columbia Books, Institute of Management Consultants, U.S. Small Business Administration, University of Washington, and International Assn. of Business Communicators.
Here are just a few of the books I’ve helped clients publish. (To look inside, click on the covers to go their Amazon page.)
Now that you know what I’ve done for others, I hope you’ll contact me today for a complimentary Breakthrough Writing Strategy Session. If you’re interested in writing coaching and editing to make your writing sing, we’ll explore your individual questions and concerns during this 30-minute session and develop your writing plan. You can get started here.
Or just send me a note here. I’d love to help you discover (or develop) your inspired writer within.
Let’s get together!
Best of luck with all your writing,
Your Inspired Writing Coach