General and Informational

28 of the Most Inspirational Quotes About Writing

Sometimes, when I sit alone at my desk writing, I get despondent. What is it all for, all this sitting and typing and churning out words? Who in the world possibly could understand? In fact,...

8 Influential Books That Changed My Life

Write for the right reasons. There are other professions where it's way easier to make money, so focus on making a difference with influential books or other content. Because I didn't have a lot of...

Why I Ditched My Social Media Scheduler (and How I Survive Without It)

For years now, I've used one social media scheduler or another, planning my posts in advance. I don't plan for any particular campaign strategy, but rather to gain flexibility in my schedule. But just this...
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6 Benefits of Having Multiple Writing Projects

With a Type A personality, I have to admit there’s something beautiful in being laser-focused on just one thing for a while. You can get into a state of flow that enables you to produce...
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The Three Main Options to Publish Your Book

You’ve got three big options if you want to publish a book: traditional publishing, independent publishing, and self-publishing. These three options are very different animals and will suit different authors in different ways. Traditional publishing...
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5 Truths No One Tells Writers (But Totally Should)

If you’re taking writing seriously, then you probably already are familiar with some of the most common truths of the trade, such as the fact lots of great manuscripts end up in the slush pile....

Chapter Titles in Your Books: Genius or Disaster?

Every fiction book has a title. That’s a given. But chapter titles? That’s messier. The case against chapter titles… Most fiction books I’ve read don’t use chapter titles. They use numbers. More specifically, writers generally...
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What’s In Your Punctuation? A Lot, Apparently

Part of basic elementary school training is learning the basics of punctuation: A comma does this, a period does that. Over time, we get better at using those basics consistently. That helps ensure writing is...
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Should You Work As a Ghostwriter?

Most writers dream of people knowing their byline. But thousands of writers are flying under the radar as ghostwriters. Let’s explore what it means to be a ghostwriter so you can decide whether it’s right...

Beta Readers 101: Everything You Need to Know

Image created by Wanda Thibodeaux on Canva Any time you want to make something better, feedback is critical. That's why, for writers, beta readers are worth their weight in gold. What’s a beta reader? Beta...