There are some generally held misconceptions about writing your first book, specifically the first novel. There are two schools of thought on first novels. Some people believe your first novel is essentially practice. First novels are sometimes referred to as “Juvenalia.” Consider William Faulkner’s first two novels, Soldiers’ Pay and Mosquitos, both almost forgotten. Critics generally […]
About Jeffrey Davis
I'm a wonder-tracker, a writer, a question-scratcher, a creativity consultant, a business owner and entrepreneur, a happy papa for my daughter, a content lover and dream-partner to my wife, a workshop facilitator, and speaker.
I work with writers (from NYT bestsellers to first-timers), artists, entrepreneurs, micro-business owners, and schools hungry to change the way creativity happens. I travel to the Bahamas, Taos, Greece, Woodstock, and elsewhere to help people create optimally in this one wild life.
I'm interested in systems and habits and states of mind-heart-imagination that help creative innovators flourish alone and in collaboration. I'm interested in the untried paths, too - how the body's intentional movement and respiration affect our creative productivity, how idleness is productive, and more.
And I want it all to be authentic. To me, that means meaningful, genuine, connected to what matters and to one another, and coming from a source of one's own authority (not the authority of conventional wisdom or the status quo).
Entries by Jeffrey Davis
A funny thing happens to a writer’s level of confidence in writing a book. It shoots up and down seemingly as erratically as weather. Part of what makes confidence so unreliable is what we base confidence on. We try to base confidence on nebulous emotions such as passion and a blind belief in our own abilities & authenticity and […]
You’re writing a book. You’ve written a book. You’re looking to publish your book. Your options are not just the Big 5 or self-publish or bust. The publishing world is so much more diverse than that. What’s cool but confusing is that as a business artist, writer, executive, or professional, you now have more viable […]
Books That Matter is Tracking Wonder’s interview series that showcases influential thinkers’ and authors’ relationships with books that matter to them. Few people bring joyful mindfulness to entrepreneurship and to pivoting toward the next best thing the way dynamo Jenny Blake does. When corporate life nearly spent Jenny’s soul, she discovered the power of meditation […]
Last week we discussed the six areas to consider if you plan to self publish. This week I’m spinning the lens around to examine at the same key areas you need to know to publish your book and how publishers add value in each of them. The first is the most abstract and difficult for most […]
As a writer I’ve published my own books with Penguin and with independent presses. In my 20+ years in the industry I’ve navigated the path to publish extensively with authors. When you break down what a traditional publisher – regardless of size and reach and reputation – offers to you, you can start to figure out how […]
Books That Matter is Tracking Wonder’s interview series that showcases influential thinkers’ and authors’ relationships with books that matter to them. Few people speak and write as eloquently about the role that poetry plays in our lives than author, teacher, and writing guide Roger Housden. Books such as Ten Poems to Change Your Life and […]
Once again, over this past month, Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros and I have gathered and curated some of what we deem the most relevant studies, stories, and news that will help you and your team excel at having the most impact and influence via storytelling, brand and innovation. I wanted to share some of them with […]
Are you time-strapped or focus-challenged, but keen on writing a book or have a business to build? It might seem counter-intuitive – even threatening to your cherished beliefs – to imagine writing a book or building your signature business Story 15, 30, 45 minutes at a time. But that’s how you can do it. Fantasies trap […]
Consider the book you want to write. Why do we get caught up in thinking we have to write a 300-page “big” book or nothing? That’s the question my pal Charlie Gilkey invited me to consider, and that’s the question I want to get perspective on. Do you think that to write your first or […]