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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...

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...

Deal With Criticism Like A Pro: 7 Strategies For Writers

When was the last time you had to deal with criticism? If you've worked with an editor, you'll know how difficult it can be to deal with criticism. Working hard on an article only to get it back covered in red ink or with a request for a major rewrite isn't a pleasant experience. But here's the thing: It happens to every writer, and it's part of the job. Failure and rejection are p...

How to Bond With Your Readers: The Pain and Glory of Writing

Have you ever shied away from writing a scene in your story because it was too painful? Because it triggered memories you'd rather forget? You were thrust back into trauma: a marital breakup, bereavement, personal humiliation or some other horrific event. Yet, if you dumb down that scene you'll wreck the story. Even if your experience is totally fictitious, it still hurts. All great w...

What James Patterson Told Me About Writing

"Would you like to have lunch with James Patterson?" I would. So would many of you, I guess. I've been a James Patterson fan for quite some time. So when I had the opportunity to have lunch with the world’s bestselling author in Sydney, Australia in May this year, I immediately finalized my travel plans. The lunch was organized by Dymocks Bookstore as part of their Literary Events...

How To Write A Book: 20 Tips from World-Class Authors

Do you dream of writing a book? Maybe you have a great idea but just can't get started. Or maybe you've started, but now you're stuck. Whether your book is still just an idea, or whether you're already writing it, we found some beautiful quotes to inspire you and show you how to write a book. Check out these 20 quotes from authors who overcame barriers, and finally finished writing a bo...

How To Capture The Hearts And Minds Of Your Readers

Do you want to capture the hearts and minds of your readers? When you plan a piece, you often have concerns such as: Am I providing enough useful content to readers? Do I have the facts and data to back up my argument? Does my writing make sense and flow logically? While these are important questions, one vital ingredient is missing. A connection. Your readers want to know tha...

102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

You don’t have to play coy. You want to become a better writer. In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there. That’s why you’re here, right? Checking out all the great ideas that Write to Done has to offer? The problem is, you keep meaning to work on becoming a better writer, but how many ti...