Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down? How to Soar Above and Prove Them Wrong

"Just ignore the haters." That's what you're told when your book gets a negative review. You know it's wise advice, but following it is another matter. It's a bit like being told "don’t think of an elephant." All you can think of thereafter is Dumbo. The more you try to ignore bad reviews, the more they eat away at you. My first book got a wave of positive reviews, but when the fi...

What are YOU writing?

What are you working on right now? We'd love to know here at WritetoDone! A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you're writing about. Whet our appe...

The Simple Shift That Lets You Earn More from Your Writing

You think of yourself as a blogger...or copywriter...or fiction author...or some other specific kind of writer. I must be psychic, right? :) But even though you may be a talented writer, you're probably wondering why you're struggling to pay the bills. Your prose leaps from the page, you offer amazing value, and you may even have some cool bribe to convince website visitors to join your m...

How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Hemingway. Naked emotions? Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help. When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her. I’ll tell you what happened in a moment … But this post is not about the horse and not about my...

10 Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Blog

Writing a book is an amazing achievement, one you should celebrate and enjoy. Getting your book from a raw mess of words to a polished, publishable entity, complete with a kickass cover and proper formatting, is even more incredible. The day my latest novel The Sunken went live, I did a happy dance. (The cat, asleep in my lap at the time, did not share my enthusiasm.) If you're at th...

Nominate *Your* Favorite Writing Blog: Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2014

It's time to open up nominations for the 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere's biggest contest for writing blogs. How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog: To Nominate your favorite writing blog, you need to do 3 things in the comments section of this post: Nominate only one writing blog. If you nominate many blogs, even in different comments, only your first vo...

20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Confidence as a Writer

Does your writing never feel quite good enough? You are not alone. All writers feel like that at times. And there is a simple reason why. Hidden within us is the writer we are born to become. And this inner writer urges us to improve our craft. That's a good thing. But the process starts unraveling when the gremlins of fear, doubt and shame start to bombard us with negative messa...

Have You Made This Huge Mistake Online (Like Pulitzer Winner Donna Tartt)?

It happened to a gifted writer. In fact, Donna Tartt is so talented, she got the Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel. And yet she made a huge mistake online. I'm writing this to make sure you don't make the same mistake. Here's what happened... Just before getting on a plane from Bangkok to Auckland, I hurriedly downloaded a handful of suspense novels at random onto my Kindle. D...

Writing Prompts: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love? [Scene Stealers]

We're thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)   How the Scene Stealer writing prompts work We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Of course, it's perfectly fine if you don't want to share your work, but we ...

Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

Have you found your voice yet? I hope not! Because this whole idea of 'finding' your voice is pure, well ...cow splatter! Why? Because you and I never lost it in the first place! Our writing voice is innate. What do you think? Are we on the same page here? If so, you'll understand that I'm not going to give you '10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.' YIKES! There'...