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3 Tips To Overcome The Resistance That Stops You From Writing

Most of the work in being a writer does not come from the writing itself. It comes from actually getting started in the first place. The act of writing itself is usually pretty painless once you get going. Sure, there are days when it feels like writing is the hardest thing in the world and

On Failure And Taking Risks As A Writer

To grow as a writer you have to take risks. Calculated risks preferably, but risks none the less. And to take those risks, you can’t fear failure. Arguably, one of the most valuable lessons I have learned over the years is that failure is not something to be feared, but to be embraced. Fear of

Interview With Shane Stadler (Author Of Exoskeleton)

I am delighted today to have Shane Stadler on the blog for an interview. Shane is the author of the awesome and twisted Exoskeleton and and its sequel, Tympanum, both of which I have praised (and rightly so) in my reviews of the respective books. In this interview, I got the chance to ask Shane

Thoughts On Being A Writing Junky

It occurred to me that I might just be addicted to writing, and probably have been since my early teens. Writing has always been something that I feel like I have to do, however bad I was at for years. Like most writers, I sucked when I started. If I re-read now some of the

Review: My Work Is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti

The last time I read anything by nihilistic horror writer, Thomas Ligotti was over twenty years ago when I came across his first book, Noctuary, in my local library. I was a young teenager, more into “shock horror” writers like Shaun Hutson and the new wave of American horror writers coming through at the time,

Lead Generation And Email Marketing For Authors

If you have been self publishing for any length of time, or you know anything about online marketing, then you will no doubt have heard the oft worn phrase, “The money is in the list.” The list being referred to is, of course, an email list, and in marketing terms it is one of the

Review: Exoskeleton II: Tympanum by Shane Stadler

  I am really glad I didn’t have to wait almost four years for this story the way a lot of people did. I only got to reading Exoskeleton, the previous novel from Shane Stadler, a couple of months ago (read my review here), so thankfully I didn’t have long to wait on the follow-up

23 Kickass Quotes About Writing Every Writer Needs To Know

We all need a little inspiration from time to time (in between working our asses off, of course). Inspiration is like the protein that feeds the muscles of creativity and our continued dedication to the craft of writing. One of the best ways I know to get inspired is to read the books of other

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Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig has a way with words. He is one of the most talented writers I have come across in a while. Actually, let me correct that. Chuck Wendig is one of the most practiced writers I have come across in a while, because as we all know (or should know anyway) talent is overrated