Creating a Plot and Other Writing Tips

Writing takes skill, we all know that. But what are some ways you can hook your readers and make them want to keep reading? Plot Having a strong plot can not only keep readers entertained, but also make it easier to write the story in the first place. John Dufresne on Writer's Digest writes in "How to …

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Guest Post: Advantages of Starting Your Writing Career During Retirement

By Mariah During a long lifetime, more than one much anticipated event will have been a disappointment. Retirement can prove to be the biggest disappointment of all. In fact, a study in the UK revealed 40% of retirees became clinically depressed, while 60% suffered from declining health. Retirees are Uniquely Qualified to Write What many …

The Science of Writing and Reading

It's been a while since I've written any posts related to science on here. There are some really cool articles that have come out, specifically about books. (Hint: Books are good for your health, and can even improve your memory, according to Bustle.) Reading and Your Brain According to the Daily Mail, scientists have found that …

Guest Post: 4 Powerful Revision Tips to Strengthen Your Craft

By Michelle Dutcher How does revising make your material more useful and valuable to your readers? It is impossible to make a ‘perfect article’ out of your first draft. Every writer must continually provide tweaks on his or her initial draft, which includes adding relevant details, correcting grammar, and enhancing structures. Through revisions, you get to …

A List of Tools for Freelance and Indie Authors

Having trouble staying motivated? Sometimes it helps to use some new tools to keep you organized and ready to work. Here are some new tools and resources I've found: Mattermost: An open-source chatting tool, so you can easily connect with clients, editors, publicists, or anyone on your author street team. Compatible with Slack. Freelance Hourly …

Overcoming Writers Block and Writing a Strong Story

When it comes to writing, there are a lot of factors to consider. Writer's Block The first thing is to overcome writer's block, if you have it. Writer's block comes in a couple flavors: not being able to write and not being able to finish a writing project. Ellis Shuman Writes has a great post with …

Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create …

Guest Post: 5 Secrets to Creating a Better Author Website

By Mary So much of writing is moving to the internet. Even authors need to have an online presence, and usually, this comes with a website and a blog. But how do you make your author website and blog interesting to readers and other people who may come across it? Having an engaging online presence …

Tips for Writing a Series

I've had a series in the works for a while now (spoiler, it's about dinosaurs). I've been really slow in writing it, but I have been reading up lately on tips for how other authors write their series. Elizabeth Spann Craig has a post about evaluating a series, and deciding how long a series should …

Marketing and Promoting Your Book

The most successful indie authors have marketing plans for their books or series. Generally, when you are launching a book or promoting a book, you want to have a plan in place 4-6 weeks in advance. Part of the plan is figuring out which sites you can use to promote your book. Self Publishing Review …