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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...

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...

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...

10 Powerful Secrets Of Bestselling Authors

Want to know how to write a book that will become a bestseller? We must first ask: why does a novel become a bestseller? If you said 'great writing,' you'd be wrong. Just check the quality of the latest bestsellers. If you replied 'great marketing,' you're right—but not the way you think. It's easy for a bestselling author to bring out another blockbuster and be assured of sales. ...

Writing Fiction: 6 Lessons I Learned From Freelance Writing

Do you dream of writing fiction? I never imagined I'd write children’s books. I thought I'd found my groove writing online and for print media for over 25 years, freelancing for 12 of those. A few years ago, my groove began feeling like a rut, and I began to think about writing fiction. I've always been a reader, but I'd never thought of writing novels of any kind. Writing fic...

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...

Creative Writing Exercises: Write About Your Most-Loved Pet

Would you like to write about your most-love pet? Is there a story you remember about him or her? Here is a pet story I came across recently: When Moe, the dog died, three-year-old Luke Westbrook pined for his four-legged friend. In the end, Luke's mother came up with the idea to write a weekly letter to Moe together with Luke. She addressed it to: Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven Clou...

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...