Andrea Mott Dennis

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21 Writing Prompts To Help You Finish An Entire Novel This Summer

Summer is officially here, and it's the perfect time to start writing a novel. There's no school and plenty of sunshine — which means it's the …

Creative Writing

5 easy ways to build your writer's personal brand

5 easy ways to build your writer’s personal brandAfter reading Leandro Ruiz piece about his fears regarding freelance writing, I started reflecting …

Writing

How to Write a Book When You’ve Got Writer’s Block

It’s practically inevitable. You’re rockin’ and rollin’ through your writing, feeling invincible, and then you reach a sudden halt: You’re blocked. …

Creative Writing

7 Myths About Passive Income You Can't Afford to Believe

All entrepreneurs seek passive income. What only a few know, however, is how to separate fact from fiction.<p>8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Wouldn't it be great to earn money while you're relaxing on the beach?<p>Few concepts are more appealing than passive …

Small Business

I Make Six Figures From My Own Online Business. Here's How I Got Started

This guy has freelancing down to a science.<p>Do you dream of quitting your job, walking away from Cubicle Land forever in favor of a career where you …

Entrepreneurship

What is editing?

Editing is a complex and demanding job. Many editors who are just starting out want to learn more about it and creators who yet cannot hire a …

Writing

These Are the Best Young Adult Novels for Teens and Grown-Ups Alike

It might not be surprising to hear that kids these days are spending an average of nine hours a day consuming media. And adults, it doesn't look any …

Books

This Couple Created A Multilevel Curriculum To Teach All Ages Financial Literacy

Financial literary is an essential topic not often taught to individuals at an early age. More notably, the financial trials that plague misinformed kids eventually grow to haunt adults in a similar way.<p>For a majority of kids growing up without a safety net or parents who’ve achieved true financial …

Personal Finance

Writing Has Taught Me Who I Am

Prior to writing, I was a fraud —A wise man once told me that in order to lead a successful life, people have to get clear in three areas — <i>clarity</i> …

Writing

How To Stand Out As A Small Consultancy And Crush Goliaths

I run into a lot of high-level consultants who have had the guts to leave their stodgy large corporations to start their own shops. They usually do so because they are fed up with the old fashioned processes and bureaucracy and believe they can do it better while experiencing more freedom and …

Business Strategy

Three Signs Your Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

Need a business barometer? Look for these three indications that your business idea really is a "can't miss."<p>"Following your heart" will only get you so far in business. Most entrepreneurs open a business in an area they're passionate about, but the chance of failure is high. In the U.S., the …

Business Strategy

14 Digital Side Hustles You Can Start Today

<b>By Victoria Greene, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>Looking to make some money or start a side project? The internet is full of voices telling us we can make money by doing this, that or the other, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds and more than half of it of it is probably spam. There are, however, …

Small Business

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

Writing

8 things I learned when I published my debut novel

I started writing my debut novel two-and-a-half years ago.<p>I won't waffle on too much here about the writing process or how I ended up finding my …

Writing

Just get ‘er done: A call to action for new (scared) writers

Here it is, my first post on Medium. Yikes.I’m just going to hit “publish”.Whew. That wasn’t so hard, was it?Nope, it wasn’t. And yet, I’ve been …

Celebrating the Art of the Book Cover

The following is drawn from a conversation that occurred at the opening night of Penguin Random House’s Be My Cover Exhibit, which features 100 of …

How to Write a Young Adult Novel

Young adult novels have never been more popular. It started with the rise of <i>Harry Potter</i> and continued with hits like <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i>, <i>The</i> …

Three Tips To Change Your Perspective Of Writing

For about 6 months, I’ve been struggling with what I think it means to be a writer. A writer to me is someone that writes everyday and enjoys it.I …

Setting in Time

Fiction writing exercise: setting your story in time.Today’s fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from my book, <i>Story Drills: Fiction Writing</i> …

Creative Writing

How to Stick to a Schedule When You Work From Home

Remote work is common these days — whether your company offers telecommuting as a benefit or you’re striking out on your own as a freelancer. It seems like a great perk, but it can also remove the structure that holds your days together. Before you know it, it’s 4 p.m., you’re still in your pajamas …

Productivity

Want to Write a Book? Here Are 5 Powerfully Effective Ways to Find the Time You Need to Do It

Writing a book is not an easy thing to do, but the rewards for you and your business can make it well worth your time.<p>Don't let anyone tell you that writing a book is easy--it's not. Writing a book is hard work. My very first book--<i>Negotiating to Win</i>--was published in 1991, and I have written, …

Writing

Why you should write — and how you should.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing “— Benjamin FranklinWhat was the last time you wrote about something? <i>Could be</i> …

Free Chrome Extensions for Entrepreneurs With Crazy Long To-Do Lists and Too Many Open Tabs

Trick out your browser to simplify your life.<p>5 min read<p>If you spend all day in your browser, you need to get organized. You’re likely toggling among social media accounts, email, shared documents, search queries, to-do lists and articles you’re meaning to read, and when the tabs pile up, it can be …

How to find the answer to ‘What career is right for me?’

Everyone talks a lot about how much of a struggle job hunting can be.<p>And while most people who agree that it’s a struggle are typically referring to …

The 3 Writing Worlds. Which World Do you Live In?

Hint: When you read this, you’ll know right awayWe only ever can do as well as we think we are allowed toWhen you are a writer you live in the first, …

How to Tell Your Kid That You're Dying

Explaining to a child that you're terminally ill is one of the hardest things a parent can do.<p>Both of Sydni Dunn’s parents died from AIDS-related complications by the time she was eight. Her father, Kern, died first, when she was three. At his funeral, there was a little kneeler so she could climb …

Medicine

After being laid off, this 35-year-old founded NerdWallet with $800 — now it’s worth $500 million

Today, Tim Chen is CEO and co-founder of personal finance website NerdWallet, which sees 10 million monthly visitors and is valued at more than $500 …

Personal Finance

This Is Your Path to the $1,000-Per-Hour Mindset

If you don't value your time, who will?<p>4 min read<p>If I asked you the question “How much for an hour of your time?” would you reflexively know the answer? If I were a betting man, I would lay odds that almost everyone reading this wouldn’t have a clue. And after putting some thought into it, most …

Why Facebook Will Become the Most Trusted Spot on the Internet for Advertisers

Like many, I followed Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony closely. I couldn’t help but feel a little sympathetic as I realized Zuckerberg’s …

15 Tasty, Uncomplicated High-Protein Lunches

We’re talking about a minimum of 25g of protein here.<p>Packing an exciting, healthy, <i>and</i> filling lunch is always a harder task than expected. You want …