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

Posted in Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, Editors, Freelance writing, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Literature, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, writer's workshop, writers, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

  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…

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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 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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How to Get Through Writing the Difficult Second Book

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

Catharsis Okay, I’ll come clean at the outset: the primary purpose of this post is probably personal catharsis. Of course, as always, I hope it will be at least interesting and possibly useful to you. But I won’t deny my reason for writing it is to process my…

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What Is the Difference between Middle Grade and YA Fiction?

Posted in Books for Kids, Childrens Books, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Juvenile Fiction, Learning to Write, Middle Grade Fiction, Publishing, publishing with a small press, publishing your first book, self publishing, Writing a novel, Writing Tips, and Young Adult Fiction

Everybody and Her Aunt Has an Opinion Defining the differences between juvenile, middle grade and young adult fiction seems to be a very difficult thing for many people to achieve. “What is the difference between middle grade and YA fiction?” seems to be a tough question. It’s one…

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