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4 Great Tips for Planning and Writing Your Next Novel
13 Aug 2014

4 Great Tips for Planning and Writing Your Next Novel

Ah, the blank page. So full of promise, waiting only for your inspiration and hard work to become something unique and wonderful. Or, if you’re like many of us, it’s an intimidating void. How do you take that great idea for a book out of your head and put it on the page? Relax. Take a deep breath. It’s all going to work out fine....

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Why self-published authors should join writing communities
08 Aug 2014

Why self-published authors should join writing communities

For all the romantic notions of writers sitting alone, hacking away in anonymity on their manuscript (with or without a bottle of bourbon and smoldering ashtray full of cigarettes), the truth is that very few successful writers go it alone. Even the most solitary writers usually rely on the input of friends and fellow writers. As much as my fellow creative writing classmates and I...

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Five great ways to combat writer’s block
08 Aug 2014

Five great ways to combat writer’s block

You’re sitting at your computer, staring at a blank document. You’re poised in front of your notebook, but can’t seem to move your pen. Sound familiar? Writer’s block strikes again. But you don’t have to suffer for long. Great writers throughout the years have faced this problem and come up with clever tricks to get the words flowing again. If you’re having trouble getting your...

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Jack Sonni on self-publishing
05 Aug 2014

Jack Sonni on self-publishing

Writing a book is an amazing experience. As is being able to publish your story, your way. Self-publishing has enabled authors to tell the stories they want to tell, when they want to tell them. It’s allowed authors to use formats previously discounted for specific genres. And it’s allowed authors to publish outside of their known expertise. When Jack Sonni started his career, publishing a...

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Ten ways to unleash your creativity
29 Jul 2014

Ten ways to unleash your creativity

True creativity is all about disruption. Changing the world, changing the media, changing your worldview. That’s why we’ve put together this list of real-life, really effective ways to radically alter your perspective and set your inner creativity free. Learn how to get out of your rut and produce something truly astonishing. 1. Try a new medium If you’re used to writing on your computer, try...

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Why joining a book club is hugely valuable for writers
29 Jul 2014

Why joining a book club is hugely valuable for writers

For authors, writing groups are incredibly valuable in terms of feedback, motivation, and inspiration. A good group can keep you on your toes when it comes to plot, character development, and supporting detail. But reading groups can be just as valuable. Reading groups keep you tapped into what else is currently being written out there, and what other writers and readers think of such works,...

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