Writing And Publishing

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3 Ways To Improve Your Writing Before You Even Start

Writing isn’t all about the craft. The craft is important yes, but so is the groundwork you lay in order to practice the craft of writing to its fullest extent.

There are things you can do before you start to write that will make a big difference to how you write once you actually begin.

It’s about the laying the proper groundwork so you can write at your fullest potential.

Read on to find out how you can give yourself the best chance of producing great work.

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How To Tap More Of Your Potential As A Writer

If you could, would like to take your writing to the next level?

What I mean by that is, would you like to step up a gear as a writer, to tap more of your potential as a writer?

I’d like to think that you would. After all, we all want to be better writers, right? At least better than we are now.

I’m going to show you how you can tap more of your potential as a writer.

You may think you are firing on all cylinders at present but we can always do better.

Here’s how I managed to tap more of my potential as a writer, and how you can to.

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How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 4: Creating Your Book Cover

Welcome back to another installment in this series on how to publish your first non-fiction book.

In part one of this series we discussed developing and researching your book idea.

Then in part two we looked at how to outline the structure of your book and the kind of material you needed to include in it.

In part three, we then discussed how to go about writing your book.

Now in part four of this series we are now going to look at getting your cover sorted.

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How I Became A Professional Writer And How You Can To

I’m sure you’ve heard that said a million times before, to the point where it’s become so trite and clichéd as to be totally meaningless.

The fact is though, people give up on their dreams all the time, and it’s sad.

It’s sad when I meet people who have resigned themselves to a life of drudgery, people who have made their lives a creativity free zone. It makes me sad because I can see the sadness in them. They’ve let themselves get beaten by negativity or setbacks in one form or another.

When you suggest to some people that they should maybe start going after those dreams they once cherished so much, they just shake their head (sadly) and shrug. They tell you its too late, or that they are happy enough with how things are.

For the most part, these people just exist, they don’t live.

I only say that because I used to be one of those people, for a while anyway.

Then I caught myself on.

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The ONE Thing You Can Do To Take Your Writing To The Next Level

Out of everything I have done to try and improve myself as a writer over the years, there is one thing in particular that I did which helped me take my writing and myself as a writer to the next level.

What is that one thing?

I created a good writing environment.

That’s right. I found a place that I could go to every day and write without any distractions.

Before that, I used to try and write anywhere. Mostly I wrote at home, late at night when everyone else was in bed sleeping. That worked for me for a while, but it got to the point where I could hardly concentrate at such a late hour. My mind and body was tired and I didn’t have the energy or focus to sit there and write for the hour or two it would take me to finish something.

Most writers do their writing at home. The problem with that is that most writers also have families and an infinite number of distractions to contend with. This can seriously slow down your progress.

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How To Find Your True Writing Voice And Why You Need To

One of the hardest aspects of writing to pin down is “voice”. You probably hear all the time that writers need to “find their voice”, as if it is some mysterious thing hidden away in the subconscious somewhere.

A writers voice does come from their subconscious, but it is not something that lurks there fully formed and waiting to be found. A writer’s voice must be cultivated, and the writer must use their subconscious to do that.

But how? We are still being vague here. If a writer has any hope of developing a unique writing voice then we first have to try and define exactly what that is.

In simple terms, writing voice can be defined as not what you say, but how you say it.

The power of such a simplified definition means that for the writer, they can write about virtually anything as long as they write in their own true voice.

If you’re a writer (and I assume you are since you are reading this) you should find that liberating, especially if you happen to be a blogger or article writer.

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How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 2: Outlining

Welcome back to the second part of this series on how to write and publish your first non-fiction book and start earning as an indie author.

If you followed the steps in the first part of the series you should now have a good idea about the type of book you want to write. You should have also researched the market for your book on Amazon.

Assuming your idea is good to go and there’s a market there for it, it’s time now to look at outlining the book in preparation for writing it, so let’s get started on that.

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How To Write Your First Non-Fiction Book And Get Started As An Indie Author Part 1: Deciding What To Write About And Research

Welcome to the first part of my brand new blog series on how to write a non-fiction book and get started as an indie author.

There has never been a better time to be a writer and self-publisher. Thanks to Amazon Kindle and many other indie publishing platforms, the opportunity is there for people to realize their dreams of becoming a published author and making a living as a writer.

It is in that spirit of creativity and free enterprise that I present to you this comprehensive guide on publishing your very first non-fiction book. Even if you have already published a book, keep reading because I’m sure you’ll pick up at least a few tips to help you progress further on your journey as an indie author.

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4 Steps To Becoming A Professional Writer

Writing and publishing is a long game. If you want to succeed at it, you have to be prepared to put in years of practice.

Many people who want to write for a living don’t like to hear that. It can be off-putting to know that you may have to slave away day after day for years, writing without any outward signs of success.

When I was a full-time martial artist, I came across people all the time who wanted to be like Bruce Lee or their favorite UFC fighter. I often watched in amusement as their faces dropped when I told them how many years of training it would take to get to that high standard.

Too many people want the glory and success without doing any of the hard work to get it. It’s the same across all of society, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. It’s like people want a magical solution that will whisk them straight from beginner to professional without having to bother with any of the steps in between.

Well, things don’t work like that. If you want to be even half-way competent in something, you still need to work your ass off. To be awesome, you have to work even harder.

It’s no different with writing.

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