4 Tips for Staying on Track with Your Writing

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How do you keep your writing "vehicle" running smoothly and heading down the road to your destination? Today, professional writer Deb Hemley Continue Reading

How to Avoid Second Nonfiction Book Project Issues

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Once you’ve completed that first big nonfiction book project, you might think the second one will be without challenges. Wrong…unless you approach this new project correctly. Today, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) explains how to avoid the three most common challenges faced by nonfiction writers ready to move on to the next big writing project. […]

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Don’t Start Writing Your Nonfiction Book without a Table of Contents

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Every year in October, I begin working with aspiring nonfiction writers to help them prepare for the Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN)Challenge. Without preparation, they will not get the results they want. One of the first things I have those taking the WNFIN Challenge (aka National Novel Writing Month or NaNonFiWriMo) prepare is the Table […]

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4 Ways to Successfully Self-Edit Your Manuscript

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When is the right time to hire an editor to look over your nonfiction article or book? Not until you’ve gone through a self-editing process—more than once. But how do you self-edit effectively and successfully so your manuscript is editor ready? That’s the topic of today’s guest post by book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck). You’ve […]

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Why Writers Should Never Say Never

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As a writer, what have you refused to do—on principle, because you thought it was a waste of time, or simply because you didn’t want to?  Today, writer and acquisitions editor W. Terry Whalin (@TerryWhalin) explains why saying you will “never” do something can close the door to opportunities. If you haven’t said them, I […]

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Why Writers Write Even When It Feels Hard

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Writing can be tough, and sometimes it takes you in unplanned directions. So what do you do when you feel a bit shaky—unsure if you should continue writing at all or in the direction your work has flowed? Today, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) explores why writers write—even when it’s tough—and offers advice on to […]

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You Can Write a Transformational Book

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Many aspiring nonfiction writers believe they are inadequate to inspire anyone to change. They don’t think they can impact readers lives. They tell themselves they aren’t experts, and, therefore, can’t have the kind of influence that motivates transformation. They say no one will read the book anyway… This is far from the truth—no matter who […]

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3 Mindfulness Techniques to Open Your Creative Floodgates

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If your creativity has taken a downward turn, it’s time to try something different: mindfulness meditation. Today Emmanuel Nataf (@EmmanuelNataf), co-founder of Reedsy, explains the benefits of mindfulness and provides three meditations to help you start a mindfulness practice that boosts your creativity and productivity. Mindfulness—usually via meditation—has become a hot topic in recent years […]

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Stop Letting Busy Work Get in the Way of Your Life’s Work

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Do you feel as if the busy work you do on a day-to-day basis prevents you from your life’s work—writing? I understand. Really. I do. There’s so much to do each day—and I don’t mean laundry, cooking, cleaning, driving, taking care of children or pets, scheduling appointments, or paying the bills. Writers, especially aspiring authors, […]

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How and Why to Use Subheads in Your Nonfiction Writing

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Subheads. They’re an essential element in most nonfiction writing. Today book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) explains how and why to use them. Apply her tips to make your nonfiction easier to read. Until I got to my first entry-level publishing job formatting finished manuscripts for the copyeditors, I had no idea what a “subhead” was. […]

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How To Become a Freelance Blogger on a Low Budget

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Looking for a way to make money as a writer? Consider becoming a freelance blogger. Today, professional writer Deb Hemley (@dhemley) talks about what she learned on her journey to becoming a guest blogger. Put her tips to use, and you can get your freelance blogging business up and running fast as well as on […]

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The Most Powerful Way for Writers to Consistently Increase Productivity

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Are you a productive writer? If so, you write consistently, and your writing blocks produce your desired amount of words or pages. If not, it’s time to increase your writing productivity level. Maybe you only have a vague sense of whether or not you are productive. Most days, you think you are…or you know you […]

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Why Writers Must Be Consistent

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Do you write and publish consistently? Most writers would reply, “No.” Yet, consistency leads to writing and publishing success. That’s why W. Terry Whalin (@TerryWhalin) has chosen to discuss this topic and how it has impacted his career as a writer. There is great merit to consistently working at your writing craft. Yet, in my […]

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Finding and Writing for Your (Real) Audience

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You’ve heard the advice to “write for your reader,” but first you need to know who that person is. That’s why today book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) delves into the essential topic of finding the audience for your written work. I hear one question often asked in my publishing work: “Who is the audience for […]

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Why Your Nonfiction Book Chapters are So Important

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When you read a book, you may take the structure for granted. But a nonfiction book’s chapters create a structure and a map. They provide the foundation for a good read. In this guest post, book editor C.K. Bush (@theladyck) delves deeply into the  importance of chapters and how to create them in a way […]

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