Thoughts on being an author and the craft of writing.

Takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference

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The indie author community is strong and thriving! Do you have what it takes to make a living with your writing? Find out my takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference. In early November, my husband and I flew to Las Vegas to attend the first annual conference of the 20Booksto50K Facebook group. The first official [...]

How to Manage Comparisonitis

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As we journey down the path of becoming successful authorpreneurs, we often get caught up in comparing ourselves to others who seem to be ahead of us. Known as “comparisonitis,” it’s easy to let feelings of inferiority get in the way of moving forward.  I like to imagine an actual little devil on my shoulder whispering [...]

7 Unusual Writing Prompts

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO  Scrambling for a writing idea or just looking to shake things up? Try the following unusual writing prompts the next time you need creative inspiration. 1. Reinvent History https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Saschaporsche Can you twist history? If your character lived in ancient Rome, she would have changed the way they______? Or reinvent [...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Quit Writing

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Writing is tough enough on a good day. When you have a bad day, negative thoughts can spiral out of control. You may be tempted to give up, but do not quit writing! Faced with challenges, it seems like nothing goes your way. Rising expenses, a never-ending to-do list, a rude coworker, not enough time. The [...]

How to Conquer the Ups and Downs of Writing

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Do writers go through cyclical patterns when it comes to productivity? I found myself asking this question recently because I was going through a period where I wasn’t writing. In the past, my morning routine was to write at least 1,000 words, but it wasn’t happening due to a busy work schedule and other distractions. Like [...]

How to Make Publishing Your Writing Less Scary

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You’ve just written your manuscript. You poured your heart and brain into your work. The only problem is, you’re terrified to hit the publish button. Don’t worry. It’s not just you. It’s you and me and just about every artist who goes through self-doubt and angst. Performer/author, Amanda Palmer calls it the “Fraud Police.” It’s the [...]

10 Surprising Misperceptions about Writers

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How do people react when you tell them you’re a writer? Do they seem surprised and ask a lot of questions? Or do they shrug it off? Many people are not aware of what being a writer entails, much less being an independent (indie) author. Some might think you’re playing around, that this is a hobby [...]

5 Writing Ideas Inspired by Game of Thrones

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Watching the Game of Thrones television series or reading the books by George R.R. Martin is an experience. With its highs and lows, no wonder so many newcomers have fallen in love with the fantasy world of dragons, knights, and kick-ass warrior queens. Martin has transported us into a world filled with interesting (and numerous) characters, [...]

5 Essential Free Tools For Authors

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Write more books. You’ve probably heard this advice, yet for those of us who are not full-time authors, it’s tough to find the time to write more. Our focus should be on ideas and how to turn them into stories quickly and efficiently. But, we struggle with learning new tools and mastering social media. So, how [...]

Find Time to Write: 3 Ideas for Creating Space for Writing

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How does one become a productive writer? With our busy lives, how do we find time to write?  To answer that question, what are you willing to give up? How much do you want to write your book? If your dream is to become a full-time author—how badly do you want that life? #1 - Define [...]