Write First…Do Everything Else Later

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How do you begin your writing day? If you are like most people, the first thing you do is check your phone to see if you’ve gotten any messages. You may answer emails and reply to social media posts. And you handle priorities—your own or someone else’s priorities. But you don’t write first. Writing isn’t […]

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Use Podcasts to Help You Earn a Living as an Author

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Books don’t make authors rich. Neither do book-related products and services—unless the writer consistently uses marketing strategies. In today’s guest post, Kathleen Gage (@KathleenGage), an internationally recognized Internet marketing advisor, shares information on her favorite marketing tool—podcasts. In a perfect world, every author would make millions of dollars with each book they write. In the […]

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How to Improve Your Writing with Close Reads of Nonfiction Books

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I often hear nonfiction writers bemoaning the fact that they can’t find good ways to improve their writing. They don’t realize that great teachers reside on their bookshelves. Today, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) talks about how to read nonfiction books to help you become a better nonfiction writer. She also offers some super resources […]

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4 Proven Steps to Make You a More Productive Writer

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You sit down at your computer ready to crank out a blog post, part of a manuscript, or some sales copy for your newest book. Today will be a productive writing day, you tell yourself. Fingers on the keyboard, you look at the time and commit to an hour of focused writing time. Then you […]

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Successful Writers Use Video to Encourage Readers to Know, Like, and Trust Them

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Writers tend to hide behind their computers. They claim to be introverts or private people. They say they want to let their books serve as their public face—the one seen by their fans and followers. And many writers don’t want to speak their message aloud or in front of a live audience; they feel more […]

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Getting, Accepting, and Incorporating Feedback on Your Writing

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Revision is a fact of life for writers. It’s a necessary part of crafting a well-written manuscript or book. And, while writers need to do their own revision work, it’s also a must to get feedback on yoru work from others. In this guest post, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) answers common questions about how, […]

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5 Ways to Write About Quickly Captured Personal Experiences

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Every day, you have new personal experiences, many of which might make good fodder for an essay, article, or book. The key? Quickly capture those experiences on paper and then put them to use. How? Today, W. Terry Whalin (@TerryWhalin) answers that question. Are you capturing your personal experiences and using them for your writing […]

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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 three specific types of training to achieve successful authorship or develop a writing career: Author, Authorpreneur, and High Performance. Let me explain. If you want […]

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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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