Guest Post: How Can I Protect My Novel from Copycats?

By Mariah For every JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, there are hundreds of aspiring authors trying to write their book and get it published. If you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to finish your book and you are getting ready to send it out, whether it is through publishers or self-publishing, …

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Guest Post: How to Transfer Your Writing Skills to an Online Website

By Mariah In the current economy and job market, writing online has become a popular career choice. Even if a person has experience in traditional journalism or creating articles for print publications, adjustments have to be made for an online audience. The following tips will help any author write quality content for an online website …

Guest Post: 6 Tips on How to Fulfill Your Publishing Resolution

By Keith Ogorek Keith Ogorek is the President of Author Learning Center, an online author education community. It’s that time of year when many people make resolutions and set goals they want to accomplish in the coming year. For some, that includes writing and publishing a book, but they are not sure where to begin or how …

Indie Authors: Researching Your Books

When writing books, there are a lot of things you can research. What genre should you write in (if you don't already have a preference)? How can you attract readers? Who are your target or ideal readers? What should your book title be? Below is a list of resources that can help answer those questions: …

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 …

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: 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 …

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 …