Writing And Publishing

Articles on writing craft, marketing and publishing, and writing mindset.

writing advice

Self-Doubt Keeping You From Writing? Here’s How To Beat It

One of the biggest lessons I have learned since I first started to take writing seriously about five years ago is that to do good work—to do any work at all—you need the ability to get out of your own way. Every single day of a writer’s life brings fresh doubt and uncertainty. Some days that doubt and uncertainty are at the very forefront of a writer’s mind, making it difficult to think about anything

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WRITING URBAN FANTASY

Writing Urban Fantasy To Market: The Truth

Before we begin, let me point out that this article is not intended to be some sort of blueprint for “How To Write A Bestselling Urban Fantasy Series”. The article merely outlines the research I did before I started writing the male urban fantasy series that I’m still hard at work on. As well as that, this article will delve into the often misunderstood concept of “writing to market”. This is my take on it

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Quick Writing Hack To Improve Focus And Concentration

If you’re like most writers, you probably struggle to keep your focus and concentration while writing sometimes. I know I do. Despite having an outside writing space where I can lock myself away, I still have family around me (including a rather energetic and at times loud three year old) so distractions in the form of noise can sometimes be an issue. There are also times when, despite the quiet, that I find it hard

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writing systems goals

Why Systems Beat Goals Every Time When It Comes To Writing Success

  When most people think about success and the process of achieving things, most often they think in terms of goals. To achieve things, you have to set goals that will help you do that–targets to aim for, destinations to get to in specific time frames. The culture of self-help and business development that has been around for a few decades now always preaches the merits of goals, often breaking the whole process down into

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boredom and creativity

How To Embrace Boredom So You Can Be More Creative

  If you are like most people nowadays, you probably avoid boredom like the plague. From a young age, we tend to be taught that boredom is a negative state. Consequently, we learn to become dreadfully uncomfortable with boredom as we do our utmost to fight it every step of the way. These days in the battle against boredom, social media and the internet in general have become our most used weapons against the perceived

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writing tips

Write What You Know (And Also What You Don’t Know)

Write what you know has become one of those well-worn rules of writing that has been bandied about so much now, it has become almost meaningless. So has the less used, but still worn, quote about writing what you don’t know. Besides being contradictory, these two pieces of advice don’t really help a writer much when they are trying to figure out what to write about and find their voice. But that’s not to say

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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 you have to force every word out of you, but for the most part, writing is easy enough, at least

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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 failure used to cripple me. I would put off doing a lot of stuff if I thought there was a

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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 articles and stories I wrote over the years, I would cringe like a priest at a Slayer concert. The only

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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 best tools an author can have to drive sales and reviews of their books. That’s all well and good, but

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