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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

Posted in conflict in fiction, Creative Writing, creativity, Fiction, finishing your novel, genre fiction, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, literary devices, Literature, motivation for writers, novels, self publishing, Storytelling, Writing a novel, writing and creativity, writing life, writing mistakes, and Writing Tips

Bad Writing Sells With my market research hat on, I was trawling through book samples, reading the first chapter or two of top-selling, self-published, genre fiction on sale at the major online retailers. I wanted to discover what these books have in common that makes them sell. I…

Can You Make A Living as a Freelance Writer?

Posted in Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, Editors, Freelance writing, Getting published, living the dream, making a living as a writer, writing life, and Writing Tips

It’s Not About the Money, Money, Money Can you make a living as a freelance writer? Of course. I work from home in a room referred to as “the library”, “the study”, “the office”, “the den,” or just “Dad’s cave” depending on who’s speaking and in what context.…

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…

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

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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…

How to Write Without Approval: Reasons to Keep Writing When it’s Tough

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  The Need For Approval For many of us, the quest for approval is one of the reasons to keep writing. I imagine once you’ve a horde of adoring fans hanging on your every word, and swathes of bookstore real estate burgeoning with your work – if you’re…

How to Become a Professional Writer: Help and Advice to Get You Started

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  What Do You Need to Be a Writer? Professional writing is one of the most challenging, interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding jobs in the world. In this post I’ll share with you the basics of how to become a professional writer. In my first year of writing full-time…