Indie Authors: Organization and Writing Tips

As an indie author treating writing as a business, it's important to stay on top of deadlines and to always work on improving your craft. Organizing Your Time To that end, Duolit has provided a helpful free monthly planner for authors. The idea is that to-do lists can be too daunting, and if you schedule …

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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 …

Guest Post: Get a Headstart on NaNoWriMo with These 6 Tips on Structuring Your First Draft

By Mariah T. All of us have a story inside of us. For many, that story begs to be told. That's why so many people turn to novel writing. WIth National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) fast approaching, you may be inspired to finally start and finish your novel. To participate in NaNoWriMo, you have exactly …

Guest Post: Writing An Epic Series

By Ron Glick Ron Glick is the author of numerous novels and three different ongoing epic series. In this post he outlines what it takes to write a successful continuous book series. I have always been told that there are three cornerstones that must be built as an Indie author if you ever wish to establish …

Indie Authors: Dealing with Reviews, the Good and Bad

Not everyone will like your book. And sometimes, you may end up with a one-star review. I’ve been there, and initially it feels like a punch in the gut. So what’s the best way to deal with a negative review? Respond? Ignore? Take the feedback into consideration? Richard Levesque gives some perspective on reviews. He …

Resources and Advice for Writers

There are many types of writing: novels, short stories, articles, technical documents, copywriting, business plans, and the list goes on. Looking for some inspiration or help in your writing career? Here are some programs and pieces of advice from fellow writers. Fiction Writers (and creative non-fiction writers) Thinking about getting an MFA? Then go through …

Guest Post: The Essential Keys to Constructing a Realistic Heist Scene

By Mariah T. The heist scene is one of the most tried-and-true set pieces in modern storytelling. Typically, such a scene features a ragtag crew of criminals infiltrating a stronghold to seize a valuable item, such as a painting or jewel. Because heist scenes have so many moving parts, it pays to learn about their …

Guest Post: Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription

By Jason Kincaid If you’re a writer — of books, essays, scripts, blog posts, whatever — you’re familiar with the phenomenon: the blank screen, a looming deadline, and a sinking feeling in your gut that pairs poorly with the jug of coffee you drank earlier. If you know that rumble all too well: this post is for you. Maybe it’ll …

Guest Post: The 5 Most Tragic Story Archetypes

By Mariah T What was the basis for the last great novel you read, play you attended, or the last great movie you saw? By basis, we mean the archetype of the story; every story has an archetype that is representative of human virtue, morals, and norms. In other words, the story you just experienced …

Guest Post: Why You Should Consider SEO When Self-Publishing a Book

By Adam Steele This is a guest post, courtesy of Adam Steele, the founder of Loganix, a popular SEO fulfillment company located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If you are an author who’s opting to self-publish instead of going through a publisher, the one big thing you lack is the marketing power that you'd …