How to Create a Standout Book Cover (For Beginners)

  You’ve finished your book and it’s time to create a book cover. The problem? You have no idea what you’re doing. You’re a writer, not a graphic artist, and certainly not a book cover designer. The other problem? You don’t have a lot of money to spend on a book cover designer, either. And… Read more »

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Tips for Writing Your First Romance Novel

Penning your first romance novel? While romance may seem like the easiest genre to write, it is definitely not. The average romance reader is smart, discerning and not easily impressed. To create a successful romance, it takes a thoughtful strategy. It won’t just happen magically. Let’s discuss what you need to know to create a… Read more »

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Tension! What It Is & How to Develop It In Your Novel

Tension. It can spellbind your readers and leave them breathless, on the edge of their seats and biting their nails in anticipation for what will happen next. And, without it, your story will feel as lifeless and limp as a pricked balloon. Tension is a required element in every story. Readers want to feel excited… Read more »

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Your Guide to Branding Yourself as an Author

You’re an author, why do you need a “brand”? It sounds so corporate and, well, you’re not. While you may not be a multinational corporation, you do have one thing in common. You’re both selling a product, and you need a positive and engaging image to go with it. Your brand is how you package… Read more »

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How to Write a Novel with Multiple Points of View

One of the hardest feats to pull off in literature is writing from multiple points of view. You’ve got to juggle different personalities and motivations– and somehow use them to tell a coherent, cohesive and compelling story. I won’t lie to you: Some readers hate it. Some writers hate it. But, if you want to… Read more »

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DIY Your Edit: 10 Tips to Shape Up Your Manuscript

Hands down, one of the hardest things you’ll ever do as a writer is edit your own work. How can you possibly kill your own darlings? But kill them, you must. You’ll have to face the scenes you’ve loved, slaved over, stayed up at night plotting out, and then,  get rid of them. It’s brutal,… Read more »

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8 Unusual Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity

As a writer, you’ve probably experienced ebbs and flows in terms of writing productivity. Some days, no one can  rip you away from your notebook or computer. You’ll write so much that your fingers will cramp, your eyes will grow tired and your stomach will growl– but none of that matters because you’re in “the… Read more »

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Use These 5 Tips to Create a Backstory

Backstory. It’s the best tool you have to develop relatable, realistic, three-dimensional characters for your novel. But, writing a backstory is easier said than done, and that’s why so many writers simply don’t do it. Sketching out a backstory is not the sexiest part of writing a novel. Investigating motivations, creating genealogies, understanding the socio-political… Read more »

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