Editing and re-drafting – a checklist, part one

Hi Guys, Heather here. This week I thought I’d write a blog post detailing some of the things to look out for when re-drafting and editing your novel. I’m currently at this stage in my own novel writing journey and it’s arguably the hardest stage so far – perhaps even worse than the dreaded first draft.…

Writing Time: Selfish, Selfless, or Saving Others?

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Christopher Slater I will start out by saying that this is a perfect example of what is meant by the phrase, “Doctor, heal thyself!” I am the absolute worst at not following this advice. Of course, that is probably why I have joked with my students…

Prepare for a Writer’s New Year

Originally posted on Bane of Your Resistance:
The New Year promises a fresh start, but only if we truly bring the current year to a close. If you don’t resolve the physical and emotional “incompletes” in your life, January 1 will look remarkably like December 31, with the possible minor difference of needing to clean…

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Feeding the trolls makes it worse. Letting them into your lives is like bathing in toxic waste. You will not get superpowers. You will get burned. Keeping them around like a pet is like allowing a feral Mountain Lion to sleep at the end of your bed. You’re likely to wake up one morning with a Mountain Lion gnawing on a body part. Really not smart. Be smart. Don’t feed the Trolls.

Do I really need a Blog?

I don’t think every writer needs a blog. I don’t think fiction writers need a blog. I don’t think most readers give a rats a$$ about writer’s blog. I think telling writers that they need and don’t need a blog is plain stupidity. 😀 You are welcome to disagree with me. I won’t stop you….

{Question} Planners and Organizers for Writers: Yes or No?

I’ve been looking into buying a new planner, since my old one died at the first of August and it’s something I need. However, I’ve been having a hard time finding one I like and I’m curious to know: How many of you are using day planners? What are your favorite formats? Monthly? Weekly? Daily?…

Guest Post: Six Smart EBook Promotion Tips for Quick Sales

If you have eyed the internet for publishing your book this time for the many obvious benefits of publishing an EBook, it’s nice, but don’t be content with the publishing part itself. If you thought the game ends there and the rest depends on the readers, you are wrong. If you don’t promote your book…

What Readers want….Are you sure?

Not sure why, but there seems to be this idea that readers want a certain type of book. That if a writer pulls away from the pack to write the story they have passion for, that it will be hated and not sell. I’m going to throw down the bullshite flag on this. It’s a…

Guest Post: Editing tips to improve your writing

You have probably heard many magazine owners, business people, teachers, and just about everyone else complaining about how people have lost the ability to write. However, I have a problem with that point of view because I strongly believe that there are many talented modern writers; the only factor that separates them from great writers…

Organization for a BETTER Writing Life

Yes, I just yelled ‘better’ at you. And yes, I know some of you subscribe to the “It’s an organized mess!” group. I know I spent the better part of 16 years thinking the same while the stacks of paper grew around me. However, the ‘organized mess’ really should be an ‘unorganized mess.’ Don’t believe…

Guest Post: Gaining Exposure through Free Downloads of Your eBook

For new authors, a great deal of marketing is needed in order to gain popularity. If the public doesn’t know who you are, how are they to buy your book? As the Internet has made it easier for authors to publish their works, it has also made it easier to gain popularity from downloadable content…