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10 Common Habits of Successful Published Authors – John Cabrera | Guest Post

10 Common Habits of Successful Published Authors – John Cabrera | Guest Post

One of the most appealing aspects of becoming a writer is that for most it’s a pursuit of passion. From an immature I-got-A’s-in-all-my-English-classes standpoint it may seem like one of the easiest and enjoyable professions. This naivety is quickly defeated when a writer learns that, while there is a magic in writing, there is also

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7 Simple Tricks To Become A Successful Self-Editor – Lesley Vos | Guest Post

You are a writer. It’s awesome! You are creative. You brainstorm articles and stories plots. You beat writer’s blocks and burnouts, you write compelling content, you publish books, and… You hate editing. Why should you like it, after all? Spelling and grammar mistakes are the work for editors, no? No. The chances are I will

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Writing Habits of Brilliant Writers – Veronica Hunt | Guest Post

You are wrong if you think that brilliant writers have never faced writer’s block and fear of the blank page. These people had a daily battle to motivate themselves and there is no such writing newbie who hasn’t ever experienced such a strong need to finish a passage or a chapter. And maybe this is

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Why an Author Needs a Publicist in Today’s Competitive Book Market – Tany Soussana | Guest Post

For the author who is looking to make a difference between where their book is at today (perhaps just puttering along), or where it can be (with a publicist in tow), let me ask you this:  If not now, when? First off, congratulations are in order if you are an author who has made it

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: January | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with some thoughts for January on writing progress and structure, 2015 reading and publishing.   I set out in June 2015 to complete a full self-edit and restructuring of my 300k word Gemini storybook by the end of 2015. Alas, I have failed because I have

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: December | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with some brief thoughts for the month on clunking, evil and current publishing prospects.   At a local writer’s group, after putting the world to right, we usually sit and listen intently to various readings from members and I marvel at my fellow writer’s inventiveness and

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Where the Magic Was Born: Birthplaces of Our Favorite Fictional Characters – Bojan Mestrovic | Guest Post

Ernest Hemingway once said, “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” What is it that inspired history’s greatest authors, like Hemingway, to develop characters so unforgettable that their names have taken a permanent place in literature? It is no secret that the act of

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure: September | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his Writing & Reading for Pleasure series with updates about his writing progress, a follow up on his last two posts, and some current news commentary.    Trilogy Writing My first thought for consideration for a post on writing trilogies came from reading earlier this year the Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker and The

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