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Author: Austin Hackney

The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

Posted in Books for Kids, childhood, Childrens Books, Classics, creativity, Culture, discipline, fairy tales, famous authors, famous writers, Learning to Write, Literature, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, writer biographies, writers, writing life, and Writing Tips

Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

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How Do Authors Create Suspense in Writing?

Posted in conflict in fiction, Fiction, genre fiction, how to write suspense, Learning to Write, suspense stories, thrillers and mysteries, Writing a novel, writing books, writing suspense, and Writing Tips

How to Write Nail-Biting Suspense in Fiction A reader has asked, “How do authors create suspense in writing? What’s the key to nail-biting tension in fiction?” I spent a long time asking myself the same thing. I also spent far too much time barking up all the wrong trees…

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How to Get Your Book into Libraries as an Independent Publisher

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Getting Your Book into Libraries Thinking about how to get your book into libraries as an independent publisher? It struck me the best person to ask would be someone who works in the library service. Eve Merrier is a Libraries Manager just on the outskirts of London, UK and…

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Writers and Alcohol: Busting the Myth of the Booze and the Muse

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 The Myth of the Tortured Genius In the popular imagination, there’s a potent link between writers and alcohol. The cultural myth portrays the emotionally tortured writer wrestling with his inner demons, wrenching words from his troubled soul; or the poet rapt by alcohol-induced ecstasy, feverishly penning lines of…

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How to Get in the Zone: Writing and Creativity

Posted in Creative Writing, creativity, finding time to write, get in the zone, how to be a prolific writer, Learning to Write, mindfulness, motivation for writers, Productivity for creatives, transcendence, writing and creativity, writing life, and Writing Tips

Getting in the Zone Makes Writing Easy Some folks will tell you writing is easy. Others will tell you it’s damned difficult. Sometimes, the same writer will tell you both things at different times on the same day. Both are true. But all good writers will testify to…

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Stop Reading Blogs about Blogging and Write Your Blog

Posted in blogging, creativity, discipline, fear, finding time to write, how to be a prolific writer, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, overcoming fear, Productivity for creatives, Rants, self-doubt, Uncategorized, and writing life

Blogging Is Writing Not Rocket Science I’ve read such a lot of blogs about blogging. Without keeping a tally, the totals must be hundreds of pages and thousands of hours. I’ve done the same with writing fiction, although through the medium of paper books. Starting my writing career,…

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Writing for Money: Writing for Love is the Key to Success

Posted in anxiety, Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, fear, Fiction, Freelance writing, Independent Publishing, living the dream, making a living as a writer, Productivity for creatives, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

Should You Write for Money or Love? This business about writing for love or writing for money matters. It’s a cause of tension in my writing life; it’s a nagging concern which sometimes keeps me up at night; and it’s a burning question which I’ve answered in different…

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