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...
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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Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

“An anesthesiologist has to do only one thing well: Put the patient under without killing him. But she has to know about five hundred things to do it successfully. It is the same with the writer.” —Larry Brooks, Story Physics A writer only has to do a few things well...

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Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

“An anesthesiologist has to do only one thing well: Put the patient under without killing him. But she has to know about five hundred things to do it successfully. It is the same with the writer.” —Larry Brooks, Story Physics A writer only has to do a few things well...

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Outwitting the Clock: Time for NaNoWriMo & Writing

Outwitting the Clock: Time for NaNoWriMo & Writing

Time Strategies for NaNoWriMo— A Group Deadline That Could Change Your Writing Life by Sabine Berlin November. The Thankful Month. It’s coming up, and as I compile my list of everything for which I’m thankful (yes, both chocolate and indoor plumbing make the list), I...

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Writing Conferences: The List

Writing Conferences: The List

Many of these conferences may have online options for attendance. We promised to talk about writing conferences and here it is. Typically a really professional conference has a good ROI for indie and traditionally published authors. The information feast and...

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