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Why You Should Keep a Journal if You Want to Be a Writer: 7 Compelling Reasons

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, finishing your novel, how to be a prolific writer, how to complete a novel, journaling, Learning to Write, motivation for writers, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, writer's journal, writer's notebook, writer's workshop, Writing a novel, writing books, writing life, and Writing Tips

  To keep a journal is one of the standard pieces of advice given to every new writer. I am always astonished by how few…

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Why is Conflict at the Heart of All Fiction? It isn’t. Here’s Why.

Posted in conflict in fiction, creativity, Fiction, genre fiction, Getting published, Learning to Write, Literature, novels, Storytelling, Writing a novel, writing books, and Writing Tips

Conflict is at the heart of all fiction. It’s the driving force, the engine, powering and empowering drama. It doesn’t matter which medium is used…

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How Many Books Should a Writer Read? Can You Be a Writer if You Don’t Read?

Posted in creativity, discipline, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, novels, Publishing, Reading, writers, Writing a novel, writing books, and Writing Tips

How many books should a writer read? The simple answer to this question is, “As many as possible.” I don’t know any successful writers who…

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The Writer / Editor Relationship

Posted in creativity, discipline, Editors, Getting published, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Publishing, self publishing, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Let’s talk about the writer/editor relationship. After all, whether you’re traditionally or independently published, the relationship you have with your editor is probably essential in…

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How to Stay Motivated to Write a Novel: 5 Top Tips

Posted in creativity, discipline, finishing your novel, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, motivation for writers, publishing your first book, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

From many conversations I’ve had with writers, particularly new writers (although it seems to be a ubiquitous problem regardless of length of experience) it can be…

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How to Keep Writing: 3 Tips for Completing Your Novel

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, self publishing, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

In my last post I discussed how difficult it can be to follow up on your first novel and identified the key inhibitor to progress as simple…

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