Andrew Bryant

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Live Write Thrive

February 19, 2018 in Novel Structure with 6 Comments<p>I tell writers often they are failing to “advance their plot.” What does that mean, and why does …

10 Tips for Writers Reading in Public

The first time I read in public (a Grub Street open mike event at Johnny D's in Somerville, Mass.), I sucked.<p>Years later (no more experienced) with my debut book launch looming, I had to do better. Pre-publication months were spent attending bookstore events with a notebook (and money*) in …

Got Writer's Block? Try this Psychological Trick

Yesterday, a young writer I’m mentoring told me she’s never hated writing so much. She’s in the middle of writing a book and her once-fun “hobby” has …

7 Daily Habits for Balance in Your Life

We live in a success-obsessed world. Many of us chase after success in our careers or business at the expense of family, relationships, health, and …

Motivation

[Writing] It's Ok to Crash and Burn

Over the years I’ve tried many things; some were successful, others were disasters. But none were a waste of my time. As writers, we all want our …

How I Make a Living as an Online Writer (And How You Could Too)

<i>Fully updated and republished in August 2016.</i>This week, the start of August 2016, marks the eight year mark since I left my day job.<b>Ever since then,</b> …

Writing

3 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

There’s no doubt that NaNoWriMo rocks. Just thirty days of work in trade for a complete first draft? Awesome.<p>But that doesn’t mean NaNoWriMo is for …

Tips for Better Mystery Writing

<b>Thanks for French writer Frédérique Molay for guest posting today. A quick note that I’m posting on the Writers on the Storm blog today on Making Our</b> …

How to Edit Your Own Work - Top Tips for Indie Authors on a Budget | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onSeptember 27, 2013 in Book Production & Distribution<p>Whether or not your budget will stretch to a professional proofreader or copy editor, …

The Serious Novelist's Guide to NaNoWriMo

A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your …

10 Tips To Help Writers Stay Focused

There’s no getting around the fact that as a writer you must produce your craft either on paper or on a digital device of some kind. Even if you …

Run Writer Run: Why Exercise Will Improve Your Writing

by Birgitte RasineJoe here: I don’t know about you, but I’m still working off those Holiday calories. This seemed like a great time to share this …

Creative Writing

What Indie Authors Can Learn From The Music Industry | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onOctober 25, 2014 in Book Promotion & Marketing<p>Sarah Juckes of ALLi partner member CompletelyNovel has been picking up some great promotional …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

5 Ways to Tap Subconscious Creativity

Today, I’m honored to be hosted on the <i>Conquering Writer’s Block & Summoning Inspiration</i> blog tour by Elizabeth Craig. Be sure to stop by her blog to …

10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon

These are your words, this is your story; a tale of pathos and woe, heartbreak and longing, action, violence, sex, death and transformation. Its overarching message will no doubt resonate deeply with the reader.<p>Except, to have readers, your work must be published. Luckily, this is now easy to do …

How to write your book's first draft like a professional

[This article was written by guest contributor Gordon Burgett, author of <i>How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes</i> and <i>Marketed Worldwide in Days</i>.]<p>…

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come …

3 Ways to Tell if Your Writing Stinks - Jeffbullas's Blog

Ask three different people what good writing is, and you’ll likely get three different answers — especially when you ask about good copywriting. …

15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips

You can’t have too many writing tips!The first time someone told me, “show, don’t tell,” I had no idea what they were talking about. Show what? Isn’t …

Creative Writing

What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction

When I first started writing seriously, all I wanted was to publish a novel.<p>I thought my intentions were honourable—that I wasn’t just another …

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Ten rules for writing fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts<p>Read the second part of the article here<p><b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal</b> …