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How to Grab Attention Online: 3 Instant Fixes

Why do you need to grab attention online? It comes down to a desire all aspiring writers have in common: to get more readers. Do you dream of having masses of readers who can't get enough you? You can make it happen, but you need to get your name out there. If you’re hidden in the shadows, nobody will find you and nobody will read what you write. Luckily, both nonfiction and fi...

The No.1 Reason New Bloggers Fail (And What To Do About It)

Every blog starts with a dream. A dream of expressing yourself and getting your message heard. A dream of gaining recognition. A dream of standing proud. But the sad reality is, most new bloggers fail. Depressing, isn’t it? So many hopes dashed. So much energy wasted. So many important thoughts lost to the world. I must admit, I too, was once close to quitting. But the re...

How To Be A Successful Author: Smash Through 7 Writing Roadblocks

Do you wonder what's holding you back as a writer? You know you want to write. It's compulsive. You find yourself scribbling stories all the time. Your friends say good things about your work. So why aren't you a more successful author? Don't feel ashamed to ask yourself that question. Every writer asks it, even if their books glitter at Amazon. New writers ask it all the time...

The 5 Irrefutable Signs You Need To Start A Writing Project Now

What you’re best at…sits at the core of your passion. -Mary Karr, Liar’s Club and Art of the Memoir Is this the year you’re finally going to write your self-help book or memoir? Your business book? Your how-to classic? Your novel? Is there a way to know if it’s the right time—or the right year—to start a writing project? There are signs—five, in fact—that I...

Should You Quit Blogging?

Recently, I got an email from a distraught reader, Emma. She had been planning to start a blog, but then she read somewhere that blogging was dead. “Is it true?” she asked. “Is blogging dead? Am I too late?” Being told you’re too late to get in on something you’re really excited about feels terrible, doesn’t it? So was the article Emma read right? Is blogging dead, or ...

Warning! Are You Sabotaging Your Success as an Author?

If you yearn for success as an author, you need to take note. Did you know that over four thousand books are self-published each day? You can imagine how hard it is to have your book rise to the top of the pile. Writers face a daunting challenge: discoverability. Most books sell fewer than a hundred copies—ever. So how can you give your book—whether fiction or nonfiction—a fig...

The 6 Best Writing Resources – The Great Writing Challenge: Part 2

If you want to climb a mountain, you need equipment. You need a map, protective clothing, hiking boots, food and water. Oh, and taking a guide along is also useful. It's the same with the Great Writing Challenge. After dusting off your writing dream, you need to make it come true. And for that, you need equipment. You need the best writing resources. Here is a list of the resources...

How You Can Unleash Your Writing Power

Do you want to unleash your writing power? Seems like a dumb question. After all, every aspiring writer wants to tap into their hidden talent. Even just a few years ago, aspiring writers were forced to get an agent and attract a publisher before getting their words out there. But the online revolution has empowered writers to be their own agent and publisher. From blogging to self...

Writing Practice: What Happened Here?

It's time for some writing practice. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to exercise your creativity. What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? Here’s how it works: We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post  Now for the ground rules: Your...

Are You Ready For The Great Writing Challenge 2016? [Part 1: Overcome Barriers]

From the Editor-in-Chief, Mary Jaksch: Do you have dreams of writing a book? Or of starting a journal, writing a memoir, creating a report, writing guest posts, writing a blog, or any other activity that involves writing? Make your dreams come true in 2016 and achieve your writing goals! Just imagine how proud you'll be to view your finished project! Introducing the Great Writing Chal...