3 Types of Training that Support a Successful Writing Career

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I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what type of training is necessary to succeed as a writer and in life. And I now clearly see that writers need Continue Reading

How to Find Story Ideas in Images, Phone Numbers, and Journal Entries

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If you are looking for new story ideas or need to get unstuck, don’t just tough it out. Instead, try some unique creativity hacks that require you to focus on what you see rather than on what you write. Today, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) offers three ways to call up images and memories that […]

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How to Increase Productivity by Reducing Email and Social Media Time

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Every day I struggle to spend less time on two activities: handling email and social media. Why? My productivity plumments when I let myself get sucked into spending loads of time on these two tasks. I bet you understand. In fact, I hear more client complaints about the need for and time spent on email […]

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Branding Tips to Help Build Your Writing Career

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I have often written and spoken about the need for nonfiction writers and authors to brand themselves and look at their careers from a business perspective. These ideas are often met with resistance. That is why I’m thrilled to offer an excerpt from Jane Friedman’s (@JaneFriedman) new book, The Business of Being a Writer, in […]

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4 Reasons Why You Can’t (But Should) Stop Writing

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Do you have a hard time completing your nonfiction writing projects? You do more research, revise, and go back to writing…again. You can’t seem to stop writing. Your malady is not uncommon amongst writers. In this guest post, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) offers four reasons why you struggle to stop writing—and explains how and […]

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The Power of Setting Writing Intentions

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Do you set writing intentions? And does it help you write better, faster, or more creatively? Today, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) explores how sitting down to write with a clear intention changes your writing results. Over the years, I’ve been a participant in several weeklong and weekend workshops and a member of an ongoing […]

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How to Increase Your Writing Productivity in the Next Three Months

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If you increased your productivity, what would that do for your success as a nonfiction writer and author? Imagine yourself producing five times as much written work per year (or per month). What would that mean for you? How would your life or career change? Could you write two blog posts per week? Might you […]

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Too Boring, Not Boring Enough: Getting the Pizzazz Factor Right in Your Writing

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Do you worry about your writing being too boring for your readers? Maybe it’s time to stop worrying about that. In this guest post, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) explains the value of boring writing—or having just the right amount of boring in your work. Everyone wants their writing to stand out. You don’t want […]

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Why Writers Should Fish Every Day

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Are you “fishing” daily for new connections? If not, you need to read this post. W. Terry Whalin (@TerryWhalin). He provides  tips and reasons to cast consistently and catch new “fish.” In many ways, publishing your writing is a lot like becoming a highly skilled fisherman. While some people occasionally fish as a hobby, the […]

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How to Write a Book When Writing Is NOT Your Strength

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Not all writers consider themselves writers, but they still write books and get them published. How can this be true? In this guest post, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) provides five tips anyone can use to become a better writer. I’m going to let you in on a big secret: not all writers are born […]

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Four Essential Characteristics You Need to Write a Transformational Book

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You want to write a nonfiction book that inspires lasting change—to become a transformational book author.  But you wonder, “Have I got what it takes to transform readers’ lives?” And you believe you aren’t an expert or leader and don’t know enough or have the credentials to tell anyone how to do anything…let alone change. […]

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The 4 Stages of Creation for Nonfiction Authors

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This blog post is a slightly revised excerpt of the “Four Stages of Creation” chapter in my most-recently published book, Creative Visualization for Writers. Find out more and purchase a copy here. How do nonfiction writers create? There are many ways, but I love using a mystical creation process. In fact, you can create anything, […]

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3 Ways Authors Can Gain Visibility Using Twitter

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So many aspiring and published authors think Twitter is a stupid or worthless social media network. so they decide to focus their energy and attention on other social media sites. In today’s guest post, Kathleen Gage (@KathleenGage), an internationally recognized Internet marketing advisor, explains why and how to use Twitter to become more visibile to […]

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What’s at the Root of Your Writing Impasse?

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In her recent post about How Writers Write: Lessons Learned from Monica Hesse, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) explored how writing in-depth narrative nonfiction can require immersing yourself in the story. Today, she discusses how to continue writing when immersion isn’t enough to keep the words flowing. Sometimes, even after the most immersive writing experiences, […]

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The One Factor that Will Help You Write Consistently

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The most significant challenge writers face is learning to write consistently. They say they want to write daily but instead do so sporadically if at all. I bet you understand—unless you are one of the few who sits down at the computer every day at the same time and knocks out a specific number of […]

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