How to Balance Your Day Job with Your Writing Passion

Not all of us can afford to leave our day job, move to an abandoned, snow-bound hotel for the winter and write. And, let’s face it, that doesn’t always turn out well, anyway. Image Courtesy of Giphy So, how do you write while holding down a job and attending to all of your other responsibilities?… Read more »

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Your Guide to Writing Women

There’s a lot of talk these days on “how to write a strong female character”. It’s a push back against the Disney-esque damsel in distress type character, where a woman’s biggest struggle in life was choosing the right man to marry or being preyed upon because of her beauty. Now emerges this tough as nails,… Read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Writing Endings

You’ve agonized over the first line, and rightly so. It’s the best bit of marketing you’ll ever have. The perfect first line can sell your book. However, in many ways, the last line is more important than the first line of your book. It’s when you finally deliver the goods to the reader. If you’ve… Read more »

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What’s the Difference Between Copyediting and Proofreading?

One of the most confusing parts of the editing process is simply understanding the different types of edits. There are line edits and copyedits, proofreading and manuscript critiques, and that’s just the beginning. For the new author, the whole editing process can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure which one to choose for your… Read more »

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How to Choose Character Names

Coming up with a great name for your characters is one of the hardest tasks you’ll ever complete as a fiction writer. The weight of that responsibility can often paralyze writers. On one hand, you don’t want to saddle your characters with ordinary, pedestrian names. The right name can help you explore a character’s personality…. Read more »

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Use These 18 Apps to Improve Your Writing

There’s an app for everything else, why not use one to improve your writing skills? In this post, we’ll take a look at the top writing apps available. Get ready to bookmark! 750 Words Have you ever tried to write 750 words in one day? I’m betting the answer is yes. Now, I need you… Read more »

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11 Things No One Tells You About Being a Writer

What’s it really like to be a writer? If writing isn’t your day job (yet), I bet you’ve daydreamed of what it must be like. You’ve probably imagined a life spent creating fantastical characters from thin air, as you smoke a cigar, and peck away on your typewriter. Wait—wrong century. Let’s just say, you probably… Read more »

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Critique Vs. Comprehensive Edit: Which Should You Choose?

Woohoo! You’ve finally finished your manuscript (congratulations, by the way), and now it’s time to start the editing process. But, wait—are you sure you’re ready for this next step? Check out this post first to figure out if it’s time to submit your manuscript for professional editing. Once you’re completely confident that your manuscript is… Read more »

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How to Write a Memoir That People Care About

Planning on writing a memoir, but not sure how to go about it or even if you should? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be famous or infamous to write a memoir that engages an audience and shares a powerful truth about life. You simply need to be willing. The rest is all technique—and we… Read more »

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