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In Defense of (and Against) 'Write What You Know'

It's perhaps the most well-known piece of writing advice out there. "Write what you know." We're not really sure where it came from—Hemingway, Twain, …

How I lost and found my writing groove

When I was a little girl, I had a plethora of <i>very</i> specific dreams. First, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but only if I could play with animals all …

How to make a story stand out: Market-ready writing

A big part of building an audience for your fiction is knowing how to make a story stand out in a crowded market. There is so much advice that says …

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Nine Secrets to Successfully Completing That Elusive First Draft

At 1:04am, on the 20th of August, after exactly 292 days or 41 weeks and 5 days of writing my first draft of my novel, I wrote those two long awaited …

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The 5 Things Productive Writers Do Differently - Book Launch

Learn How to Sell More Books<p>Get my 7-day course on how to connect with readers, build your platform, and <b>sell more books</b>.<p>Get Free Access Now<p>Just let …

How Do You Know If You're Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good? Good enough? Worthwhile? If readers will like it? If …

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5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

In my work with authors I see every kind of personality, and I've seen firsthand all the ways writers trip themselves up. In my book, <i>What's Your Book?,</i> I wrote about an irony I've noticed -- that the two seemingly opposing mindsets of "I am special" and "I am shit" both paralyze writers in similar …

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Writing Prompts for Young Writers

Labels: writing<p><b>Writing Prompts for Young Writers</b><p>by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com<p>Ask anyone to sit down in front of a blank sheet of paper …

The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

Posted by Guest on November 20, 2014 ·<p>Let’s look at four types of writing.<p><i>Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types</i> …

7 Habits of Highly Successful Writers

It has been said that the problem with writers is that they don’t write. While there are exceptions, many brilliant writers’ work has never seen the light of day due to bad habits. If you’re a writer and want to complete your first novel, make six figures as a freelancer or have dreams of winning …

12 December Writing Contests - No Entry Fee

Writing contests can serve as a powerful boost to your career. Agents and editors take note of who wins writing awards, and it's a tremendous lift to …

How To Write A Shitty Young Adult Novel

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