How to Write a Book or Blog (The 6 Danger Stages You Need To Overcome)

You've probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions... ...only to find that, a few months later, you've barely made any progress. Maybe you started strong but lost momentum. Maybe you jumped ahead when you should've paused. Or maybe you got discouraged and gave up. And you wonder: how to write a book (or blog). I've coached many writers in workshop gr...

How I Made Over $7500 From One Email as a Freelance Writer

Have you ever wondered how to become a freelance writer? Maybe you think it's a challenge to find clients for your freelance writing business. Maybe you've tried your hand at in-person networking events. Pitched editors and marketing managers of companies? But the results are far below your expectations. There's a much better alternative you might be missing. How I Accidentally ...

Is Your Book Cover Design Stopping You From Being On The Bestseller List?

Would you like to see your book on the bestseller list? Who wouldn't enjoy seeing the words "A New York Times Bestselling Author" gracing the cover of their next work? While it is simply not possible for every author to gain "bestseller" status, even new authors' books can carry the same quality and professionalism as those of established names in the business.   Bestselling Books U...

Scene Stealers – Create a Splash!

Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. 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 it works   We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post ...

Are You Using This Simple Way To Get More Shares On Social Media? 9 Tools To Help You

They're all over Pinterest. They've taken over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They're inspiring. They're silly. They're sad and they're happy. Yes, you guessed right - I'm talking about Image Quotes.   Have you seen photographs of inspiring landscapes with a quote neatly overlaid? Or quotes in cool typography over a solid color background? Those are image quotes.   ...

How To Become A Writer

Do you want to know how to become a writer? Here is a fun view of the writer's journey. First, there is the fear... You slowly start to get traction. But where are the readers?   You start to make friends online.   You meet amazing people.   But you still feel that you're not a real writer...   Sometimes, you just want to hide away.   But within...

How To Strike Creative Gold

Last week, your writing seemed fine. Well, maybe not fine, but at least okay. The plot and pacing in your story worked well enough. Your poetry flowed. You like where your nonfiction outline was headed. Then, whammo! Out of nowhere, your imagination runs dry. Today, nothing's right when you write. You struggle with the blank page, clawing for each word. In fact, your entire writing...

Dragons, Mommy Rabbits, and the Terror of Fictional Improvisation

Does fear sometimes stop you from writing? You see, the problem is that writers need to improvise. And that can be terrifying. Because there is no map that can help us get our idea or story onto the page. Here's how Charles Baxter described the process: Sitting in the dark of Gregory's room, with a cigar in his hand and Glenn Miller playing "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" softly beside him,...

What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now? A novel? 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 are writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestsel...

How to Write Better: Jeff Walker Shares Secrets

Imagine you’re a stay-at-home parent. Your corporate career ended in failure. One day, your spouse begs you in tears to earn some money to support your family... What to do? You consider making money on the Net - but you just can’t think of anything you would be good at. That’s how Jeff Walker’s online journey started. Doesn’t sound promising, does it? Watch the vide...