Choosing Point of View


Determining point of view (POV) for your story may seem like an easy thing to do. You pick a view and start writing. However, understanding that choosing point of view is one of the most important decisions you will make when writing your story. Choosing your point of view affects how much the readers will believe in your story and in turn, how much they’ll continue to read of … [Read more...]

Coping with Rejection

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Rejection slips. Is there anything worse than those humbling, preprinted letters, too light to trick you into thinking your SASE might contain an acceptance, too impersonal to tell you why? Rejection slips are the writer's gremlin, the nagging suggestion that we don't measure up. What can we do about them? How can we live with them? How do we make them stop? Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Researching For Your Novel: Librarians as Friends


Writing a novel can be very intimidating, and very difficult. One of the hardest tasks any author needs to undertake is research. Whether it’s looking at the historical context of a war being used as the background of a romance novel, or understanding how an engine works for your new steampunk series, research is essential. It’s also very difficult and extremely time consuming. … [Read more...]

How Writing a Novel Actually Works


This infographic shows some of the myths believed by new novelists. Many new writers believe that writing the first draft is the hard part. In fact, when you finish the first draft you work has hardly begun. You may get a chuckle from this graphic, or you may find that it is too true to be funny! Source: … [Read more...]

Blogging Ideas for Authors


There are two main reasons why authors blog: to promote their books or to flex their creative muscles. In fact, many authors blog due to both these reasons. If you are an author looking for blogging ideas, you have to always keep these two main reasons in mind. If your blog promotes your books If you are blogging to promote your existing books, you should blog about common … [Read more...]

Writing to Win


Excerpted from Writing contests offer more than just the joy of being published. They offer not only the sense of being accepted, but the sense of having won. They are the ultimate affirmation of one's ability as a writer. But what does it take to be a winner? Every year, thousands of writers enter competitions -- but only a small percentage of those entrants have a chance … [Read more...]

How Often Do You Need to Blog?


Figuring out how often you should blog is a big deal. If you don't update your blog enough, you might lose your hard-earned viewers. If you update your blog too much, you might overwhelm your loyal blog readers and many of them might never come back to your site. To avoid these problems, you have to figure out the right frequency of updates for your blog. The problem with this … [Read more...]

Setting Effective Writing Goals

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One of the greatest challenges we face as writers is the lack of "structure" in our job. There's no one to tell us what to do, when to do it, how to do it -- or even whether we've done it well. (While acceptances are certainly a sign of success, rejections are not necessarily a sign of failure.) One way to overcome that challenge is to learn how to set goals. Goals, by the … [Read more...]

How to Write Concisely

'Write concisely.' That phrase should be familiar. Chances are, your high school teacher or college English professor said that to you, and it is good advice. There are some serious benefits and advantages to concise writing. The three most common reasons why people should write more concisely are: writing concisely magnifies the power of your ideas, concisely-written text is … [Read more...]

How Can You Write the Perfect Pitch Letter?


A relatively new staffer at a PR agency asked me recently to consult with her and review the pitch letter she wrote. Here’s what I told her. Reporters and TV producers tell me they don’t have time to read long pitch letters. They are swamped! One producer said she gets more than 1,000 pitches a day! That’s right. Each day! So what can you do to stand out from the … [Read more...]