By Leo Babauta
We are living in the most exciting time in history to be a writer, to publish your ideas, to make a living helping others.
It’s incredible because:
A guest post by Ali Luke of Aliventures
Admit it. Somewhere on your hard drive, there’s an abandoned document: ebook-in-progress.
You once had high hopes for it. You were going to launch it to the world, make lots of money, and bask in your new-found fame and fortune.
Except, it wasn’t quite that easy.
At some point, you put that ebook draft aside …
There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.
We’ve all heard accomplished authors say that the best thing for writers to improve their craft is to read widely.
When deadlines loom and life gets hectic, reading can be one of the first things to fall off the radar. Especially reading for pleasure.
A guest post by Sean D’Souza of Psychotactics
Put couple of tablespoons of petrol in your car’s tank today. And see what happens to the car.
I’ll tell you what. It’ll probably take you a few inches further.
And you’ll say to yourself: “What the heck? What difference will a few inches make?”
Just as you’d say: “What the heck? What difference will a word or two make to enhance the power of a headline?”
A guest post by David Meadvin of Inkwell Strategies
I’ve focused almost my entire career on speechwriting for senior government officials. When I left the public sector to launch my own speechwriting firm last year, I almost immediately started receiving inquiries from journalists and freelance writers interested in learning more about speechwriting. In this article, I’ll tell you about how I became a professional speechwriter and share some tips for dipping your toe into the profession.
When we called for nominations for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest, we got over 500 responses. This year’s fifth annual competition was intense. Great to see how passionate readers feel about their favorite writing blog!
We ended up with 20 finalists.
The finalists were closely examined by our panel of judges,with the greatest weight on the quality of their content.
A guest post by Darko of FinderMind.com
Don’t just do it, just get started!
What a great name of a blog for this topic! Write to Done, implying ‘Write and get it done!’.
Procrastination is a topic commonly discussed in the writer’s community. Yet, when it comes to the evidence presented to back up specific claims on procrastination, it all comes down to opinions.
Who are the finalists?
Four weeks ago we asked you to nominate your favorite blog for writers. We got 518 nominations! Thanks to everyone who put in a nomination.
Here are the finalists in alphabetical order:
Authors on Show
Beyond the Margins
Cats Eye Writer
Courage 2 Create
Creative Copy Challenge
Fuel Your Writing
Make a Living Writing
Men With Pens
Nail Your Novel
Ruby Slippered Sisterhood
The Creative Penn
The Renegade Writer
The Urban Muse
Write in Color
How will the winners be selected?… Read More »
By Leo Babauta
When I got a book deal with mainstream publisher at the end of 2007, it was a dream come true for me as a writer. But this year, writing my second book (called “focus“), I decided to forgo the traditional publisher and publish it myself.
Why self-publish? Aren’t I shooting myself in the foot?
There are lots of advantages to getting a big publishing deal,