Expertise vs. Humility – A Writer’s Battle Royale?

You’re an expert on something. Maybe that’s one of the reasons you started writing. Unfortunately, experts tend to be a bit self-promoting and arrogant, and arrogance is a sure way to lose your readers. The opposite approach won’t work either. Timid, non-confrontational storytelling doesn’t do justice to the value you can contribute to your readers. […] Read more »

Does Writing Make you Feel Like a Failure or a Fraud? (How that Can Boost Your Creativity)

If writing makes you feel like a fraud or a failure, you may have experienced T. S. Eliot’s version of hell, where “nothing connects with nothing.” Good! No, I’m not crazy. And I’m not kidding. It is good. Turns out these negative feelings are an essential part of the creative process. So go ahead and wallow […] Read more »

Amazing Advice for Aspiring Writers by Neil Gaiman

Every once in a while we get to hear great advice from someone who’s actually done what we hope to do–achieve extraordinary writing success. So check out the video below. In what has been described as “one of the best commencement speeches ever, ” author Neil Gaiman shares his thoughts about how build a creative […] Read more »

I Paid For This?! Surviving the Editorial Letter

A guest post by Lisa Kilian of What Not To Do as a Writer There comes a time in every writer’s life when the plot is adequately twisted, the characters are adequately developed, and all the typos have been eliminated with a laser gun. You think. Actually, you’re not sure if any of that is […] Read more »