When Is Your Story Done?

I am constantly checking and re-checking my work. Often I find errors, so then I fix them. Then I leave it on a shelf for 6 months. Then I check it again. So, yeah. When will my story be done? It’s gonna happen sooner or later. Definitely. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first […]

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How to Promote a Sequel

This is an interesting question for me, since I’m writing a bunch of different stories at the same time, all using the same main character. How do I launch these, I wonder? All at the same time? Stagger them to build interest? Tease the sequels before they launch? As usual, BookBub has some intriguing ideas: […]

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What Is Dialogue?

Found this neat article on writing dialogue. How to tell your story, reveal details, and set atmosphere with it. A few lines of dialogue can disclose a character’s personality, backstory, and relationships with other characters. Great dialogue can reveal a character’s emotions and the way those emotions change over time. It can help the reader […]

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What is it like to do NaNoWriMo?

Anyone working on their November novel? Want to live vicariously through another person? What is it like to write 50,000 words in a month? Follow along in the NaNoWriMo diaries. Source: What is it like to do NaNoWriMo? Here is one author’s diary

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James Crumley’s Unofficial Rules for Writing

  I’m a big  James Crumley fan, and I wish he was more prolific as a writer. Something about his writing voice always reminded me of Jim Thompson, but with a more optimistic tone. There’s some great advice here, especially for writers who are losing confidence in their work, or who are having trouble getting […]

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Another Pre-publishing Promotion Guide

Thanks to BookBub for this handy little guide for pre-launch book promotion. There are some great insights, including why and how to get a blurb from another known author: Secure blurbs from comparable authors. Author blurbs can catch readers’ attention, especially if they’re familiar with the author providing the blurb. Our tests showed that book […]

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How to Promote Your Book Before It’s Published

Some good tips on how to promote your books before they come out. One thing I could use is good information on how to promote a book pre-launch (maybe using some kind of checklist to cover all the bases, including all the book promoter websites I’m using). It’s something I’m working on as I go, […]

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135 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Here’s a really helpful list of the different ways an author can make some money. Not just suggestions, but actual links to hiring pages for various publications (books, magazines, blogs, etc.). Instead of sitting around waiting for the Mysterious Force to drop some assignments in your lap, pitch a story idea to a magazine or […]

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48+ Publishing Resources You Should Know About

Here’s a pretty decent list of publishing links for the aspiring writer. Some good research here, from graphic design apps to online courses. Most of the distribution stuff is probably well-known. Note that this list is meant to provide a starting point for your research into service providers for a variety of projects, but it’s […]

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Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing

Yeah, these are probably all good ideas, but I can’t work on only one thing at a time. I’m lucky if I can work on one thing, period.   In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, Tropic of Cancer, Miller devised and adhered to a stringent daily routine to propel […]

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