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How to Boost the Search Engine Visibility of Your Books

Whether you plan to put your self-published books up for sale on your own website or on a popular book-selling platform like Kindle or Kobo, one of …

6 striking works of micro-literature

<i>The award-winning poet and memoirist Sarah Manguso shares her favorite collections of very, very short prose:</i><p><i>The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho,</i> …

Poetry

These 7 Books Are Necessary Reading for All Creatives

One of the most challenging aspects of creative work is, well, sitting down to actually do it. There are so many different ways to cull out one’s …

Creativity

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Creating some form of art is commonly believed to help older people stay mentally and physically healthy. Scientific research hasn't quite caught up with that belief.<p>But that hasn't deterred the dozen or so older adults in Janet Hoult's poetry workshop. She refers to them all as "my poets." They …

Poetry

Are You On Track to Meet Your Writing Goals?

by Chris Mandeville<p>At the start of a new year, it’s common to take stock of where we are in our careers and set goals for the year to come. If you …

How To Write Blog Posts That Your Audience Will Love

As a marketer, you know that the first step in your marketing strategy is to attract business with your content.<p>But, while up to 94% of small …

Content Marketing

My Writing Process, Pt. 1 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels - Helping Writers Become Authors

I’m starting the plan for the new draft of my book. My last draft was kind of an insane mashup of past drafts. Which is part of the reason it sucked. …

How To Increase Your Leads And Email Subscribers By 339% In 60 Days

Why are people so focused on getting email subscribers?<p>If you listen to conventional wisdom they’ll tell you the money is in the list.<p><b>It is.</b><p>66% of …

The Four Most Important Things To Remember About Pacing

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story. The elements of pacing can be broken …

Storytelling

Famous Literary Relationships from Best to Worst

The feast of St. Valentine is upon us yet again—I hope you’ve made the proper arrangements to show your beloved that you care (even if that means not …

180: 7 Types of Facebook Live Videos that Grow Your Audience, Build Your Brand and Make Money

Hey there, it’s Darren Rowse from ProBlogger. Welcome to Episode 180 of the ProBlogger podcast where today I want to talk about Facebook Live and …

Facebook

Secrets of a Travel Writer

Everyone is a travel writer, but not everyone knows it. Tweets, snapshots, and scribbled notes are threads in a yarn that only you can tell. So what’s the difference between your trip and a travel writer’s? A deadline. You can come home from Bhutan with a smile; a writer had better return with a …

Travel

You Weren't There? So What: 4 Tips on Writing Historical Fiction

In 2008, I set off on a mission to unearth the story of how my grandfather and his siblings, a family of Polish Jews, managed to survive the Holocaust. After years of collecting oral histories and digging up archival records, I pieced together a cohesive, bare-bones narrative, which took shape at …

Historical Fiction

How to Make Your Blog Stand Out Like a Sore Thumb

Are you wondering how to make your blog stand out in the hyper competitive blogosphere?<p>A few obvious things generally come to mind: Publish …

Content Marketing

WHY YOUR AUTHOR WEBSITE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOCIAL NETWORKING

Social networking is all the rage, especially when you’re an author who wants to connect with their readers. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the like …

How to Write and Self-Publish a Book in Three Months (With No Experience)

I am an engineer. At school I was always a straight A student in any numerical subject, but got mostly B grades in English. I am ambitious and have a …

Publishing

New York for literary lovers: Where to sleep, shop and read, by novelist Jill Dawson

As a student, novelist Jill Dawson was smitten by Manhattan. She has returned many times since, to find that the city that never sleeps also never stays still. Guided by literature, she takes a tour<p>It was love at first sight. I was 19 years old, fresh out of my Yorkshire village. That glittering …

Travel

Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific”.<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays and other scribblings Asimov produced in …

Creativity

How I Make Money Blogging

Happy New Year, everyone!<p>There’s something so invigorating about the fresh start a new year provides, isn’t’ there? It’s like a new month, only way …

Digital Media

How To Write An Engaging Blog Post

We’ve talked about the Why. Now let’s talk about the How.<p>When I was thinking about writing this blog post, I did my due diligence. I researched what …

Writing

Creativity Frozen? How to Start Writing Again After a Long Hiatus

A confession: I stopped writing fiction for two months recently--the first time I have ever stumbled to a complete halt. Why? The usual reasons:<p>1. THE ELECTION. I couldn't focus on fiction when truth seemed so much stranger.<p>2. HOLIDAYS. Let's admit it: for women writers, holidays are time and brain …

Publishing

Consume Less, Create More

Let me know if you’ve been through this senario before: You fire up your computer intending to get some work done but decide to open Safari and check …

9 Ways to Stay Creative

Starting at a blank screen/canvas might be a harrowing experience especially when nothing is coming to mind no matter how hard you try.<p>How is this so?<p>…

Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations

“In broaching the possibility of being, in some way, against self-criticism, we have to imagine a world in which celebration is less suspect than criticism.”<p>I have thought and continued to think a great deal about the relationship between critical thinking and cynicism — what is the tipping point …

I Am A Genius Writer In The Night Hours As Proven By These 3 AM Ruminations Gifted By The Muse And Recorded On My Notes App

By Sarah Broussard WeaverWhen I wake in the night to pee, I am often blessed by thoughts that are, quite frankly, genius-level. They just flow into …

Hair

How To Blog In A Crowded Niche Without Getting Lost In The Noise

You hit publish on your blog post and then you get started on promoting it all over your social media channels.You’re pumped because you know your …

Content Marketing

Challenge Yourself to Write for Change

As a writer, you are in a unique and powerful position to make a difference. You can speak your mind, state your case, and stand up for what you …

Publishing

15 Sites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

Editor |<p>If you can create compelling content and want to make money online, you can find sites that will pay you to write for them.<p>These sites offer …

Publishing

Guardian spirits

I like the idea of starting new notebooks by stationing guardian spirits inside the front cover, to watch over things. For my latest notebook, I went …