Jul 182014
 
10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success by Sage

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Jun 302014
 
10 Tips on How to Write Your Life Story

The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five tips are from the author of “Write Your Memoir”, and the rest are from my research on writing autobiographies, memoirs, life stories, or whatever you want to call them! For a step-by-step guide on writing the story of your life, read Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington. A book like

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Apr 172013
 
How to Hire a Social Media Marketer

Your hands are full doing what you love (writing, creating products, running your business) – you have no time to market your books and brand online! It’s time to hire a social media marketer. Here’s what an author says: “I’ve read a million ‘how to’s’ about social media, and have spent a ton of time creating the array of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Linkedin pages. Plus, of course, my

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Apr 112013
 
How to Get Your Book Published - Advice From Publishing Pros

These tips on how to get your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). How much research have you done? Study the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published - it’ll help you get published. Is getting your book published the purpose of your life?

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Dec 062012
 
When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract. In my case, I no longer wanted to work with my publisher. “There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton. Colton couldn’t have been more right. Writing a book is tough; finding people to read

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Dec 052011
 
How to Get Your Poetry Published - 5 Tips for Poets

These tips on getting your poetry into magazines, anthologies, or your own book of poems are from John C. Goodman. Not only has he published two collections of poetry, he wrote a non-fiction book called Poetry: Tools & Techniques. Here, Goodman describes the chances of getting your poetry published, and offers tips on breaking into the poetry market. First, here’s what a different poet and writer – also published – says about

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Sep 262011
 
The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never outline their work. Gary Horsman was the first (and so far only) writer to comment

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Sep 232011
 
5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays

I never outline my magazine articles, book ideas, or essays, so when I found this article on the reasons writers should not outline their work, I was thrilled! Here’s what Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant says: “When I was a sullen high school student, many of my teachers demanded that we submit outlines with every essay. We fooled most of them by writing our essays first and creating the outlines afterwards.

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Sep 132011
 
5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn writing secrets, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s secrets of great writing, via the Publication Coach. First, though, look at Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Shakespeare. The idea isn’t to copy how other writers write – even the Masters – but to learn their secrets. Brilliant writers have unique habits, voice,

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Aug 192011
 
Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… Here’s what one novelist says: “I procrastinate just like any other writer, but they say that the hardest thing is sitting down and actually writing the book,” says Fred on Motivation to Write – 10 Tips

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