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

Posted in anxiety, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, fairy tales, fear, finishing your novel, genre fiction, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Literature, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, novels, overcoming fear, Productivity for creatives, Rejections, self publishing, self-doubt, Storytelling, transcendence, Truth, and writing life

  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…

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3 Big Mistakes I Made Writing and Publishing and How You Can Avoid Them

Posted in creativity, discipline, Fiction, finishing your novel, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Literature, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, Rejections, self publishing, Writing a novel, writing books, and writing mistakes

Making Mistakes is the Only Way to Learn Only three? Well, to be honest I’ve made many more than three big mistakes writing and publishing so far. I don’t doubt for a moment I’ll make many more. In fact, it’s fair to say I can always find new mistakes to…

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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

Reading and Writing are Two Sides of the Same Coin 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 aren’t voracious readers. To me it’s a no-brainer that in order to write, and to…

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The Relationship Between Author and Editor: How to Make it Work

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

Making the Writer/Editor Relationship Work Let’s talk about the relationship between author and editor. After all, whether you’re traditionally or independently published, the relationship you have with your editor is probably essential in deciding whether or not you have success with your writing. I’m going to look at…

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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

Writing A Novel Is Hard Work 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 a real problem working out how to stay motivated to write a novel. One of the difficulties…

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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

Be Not Afraid! 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 fear: either fear of being unable to complete the work, or fear of completing the work and it turning out…

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