Writing Life (Finding Time, Writing Groups, Getting Organized, Etc.)

Give a Little, Take a Little

Delivering—and Receiving—Negative Feedback in a Constructive Way by Sabine Berlin with Sandi Larsen Constructive feedback (often seen in the writer’s head as negative feedback) is a hard pill to swallow. Nobody wants to be told the story they’ve devoted hours, months,...

I Wrote 25K Words in Less Than Three Days

And You Can Do It Too! by Rachelle J. Christensen I just returned from a fabulous writing retreat where I killed my writing goals, and I can’t wait to tell you about the simple methods I used to write 25,000 words, or roughly 120 double-spaced pages, in two and a half...

10 Themes for Writing Your Life Story

By Emilee Newman Bowles Want to write your life story but don’t know where to start? You’ve learned a lot of lessons in life, and you’ve had experiences you’d like to share with others, whether with family, friends, colleagues, or even complete strangers. But as...
Taxes for Writers

Taxes for Writers

by Lindsay Flanagan and Precision Editing Guest Contributors Josi S. Kilpack and Heather Moore Taxes. What a fun subject, right? Not? Well, doing your taxes (or paying them) may not be fun, but going to Italy to research your new novel—and writing off a lot of the...

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Co-Authoring: Heaven or Hell?

Co-Authoring: Heaven or Hell?

by Heather B. Moore Publishing and promotion—building your platform—can be a lot of work and can sometimes take much longer than you’d hoped. But there may be options for speeding that process along that you haven’t considered. Ever thought about co-authoring (or even...

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When Is Fair Use Fair?

When Is Fair Use Fair?

by Michele Preisendorf with Angela Eschler Writers love quotes, songs, and funny or inspirational images. What word-nerd doesn’t? We tape them on our mirrors, dashboards, and walls and post them to our websites. We like them to set the tone for our novels, start our...

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Reading like a Writer

Reading like a Writer

by Sabine Berlin If you’re a writer, chances are you have probably asked the age-old question: What is the best thing I can do for my writing? The answer is almost always the same: write and read—sometimes in that order, sometimes not, but if you want to become a...

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Copyright—What and When It Protects

Copyright—What and When It Protects

A natural concern for authors is the fear of having their work stolen. It's the source of much-asked questions at writing conferences and online: Do you need to copyright your work immediately? Does putting the symbol on your work yourself count? Are you in danger of...

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Organizations That Help Writers

Organizations That Help Writers

Just a short post today with some resources you may find helpful in your search for critique partners, advice from writers further along the career path, or people who might review your book when it's published. Writing organizations are a great way to network, find...

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Traditional or Self-Publishing?

Traditional or Self-Publishing?

It All Depends on You! by Kate Willoughby and Angela Eschler You just wrote “The End” on that last page and you’re ready to heave a well-deserved sigh of relief. But just as you’re ready to fill your lungs with the sweet breath of accomplishment, you’re sucker punched...

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