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Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed about the craft and business of fiction

Latest Post: January 20, 2018
The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

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Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. The first chapter of a novel determines whether readers will stick with you or throw your book across the...
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WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Home of The Bookshelf Muse

Latest Post: January 20, 2018
Critiques 4 U

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Happy January, everyone! Typically, this is a month redolent with opportunity and new beginnings. Where I live, it also means that your kids only go to school half the time. So…kind of counter-productive. On the upside, snow days mean sleeping … Continue reading → The post Critiques 4 U appeared...
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Jungle Red Writers

Eight smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and...

Latest Post: January 20, 2018
Go Left And You'll Be Right; Go Right And You'll Be Left...

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Available January 30th! One of my favorite people to run into at a conference is Ginger Bolton (aka Janet Bolin). She is friendly and funny and is always working on something new and fabulous! Like this brilliant new series: Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin,...
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The Write Practice

Practical Inspiration

Latest Post: January 19, 2018
Writing Prompts: 7 Inspirational Ideas to Spark Your...

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Where do you find story ideas? Here are seven inspirational ideas to fuel your creativity. What kinds of stories will these writing prompts lead you to tell? The post Writing Prompts: 7 Inspirational Ideas to Spark Your Creative Writing appeared first on The Write Practice .
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Goins, Writer: On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

A blog by Jeff Goins about writing, marketing, creative business...

Latest Post: January 19, 2018
Why I Stopped Waiting to Win the Lottery and Just...

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It was nearly midnight when I desperately tweeted to my 300 precious followers: Does anyone have any sort of literary agent connection they could hook me up with? I had little to no idea how to go about getting the book burning inside me published. It felt impossible to get a publisher to bat an...
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The Creative Penn

Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

Latest Post: January 19, 2018
7 Ways To Stay Positive As A Writer

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Writing is fantastic for creative expression, helping others, or even building a business, but there are always days when we can feel like it's too much, when we get discouraged, when we need a boost to continue along the author journey. In today's article, Sara Crawford outlines some ways to stay...
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Betsy Lerner

Latest Post: January 19, 2018
Good Times Never Seem So Good

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Spoiler alert: I continue to hate, including to hate the term, “spoiler alert.” I hate the barista at Starbucks near my office (and I hate the word barista). Every morning when I ask for decaf, she says, it will have to be a pour over the way the salesman at the shoe store used to […]
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Books & Such Literary Management

Latest Post: January 18, 2018
Creativity Tip: Break the Mold

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Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant Last year, yes, way back in 2017, I spent time pondering creativity and wrote three posts on ways to employ it to move your writing career forward. If you missed my posts, here’s a summary of …
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Make A Living Writing

Frank advice for writers

Latest Post: January 17, 2018
13 Writers Speak Out About Life Down on the Content Farm

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They've been called content mills, content farms, bid sites, broker platforms, and many other less kind names, too. But whatever you call them, websites that pit loads of writers against each other in a race to the bottom on price have been around nearly since the birth of the internet....
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AndiLit - Writer, Editor, Online Writing Courses

Andi Cumbo is a writer, editor and teacher of online writing...

Latest Post: January 17, 2018
An Indie Author’s First Conversation with a Book Publicist

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Last week, I had my first-ever call with a real-life, professional book publicist. She works for the press that is publishing our forthcoming book Plantation Jesus: Race, Faith, and a New Way Forward (Herald Press, May 2018), and she – like the rest of the team there – is wonderful. I didn’t...
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The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

Latest Post: January 17, 2018
Reality Check for Authors … What Were You Thinking?

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Authoring can be (and is at times) a lonely number. Create an Author Inner Circle that serves as a trusted advisory board … just to you. The post Reality Check for Authors … What Were You Thinking? appeared first on The Book Designer .
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Will Write For Food

Pithy snippets about food writing

Latest Post: January 16, 2018
Speaking Your Truth

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Oprah said it last week on the Golden Globes. She wants you to be “speaking your truth.” She said she’s “especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.” Was she talking to you? It felt like she was...
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Jane Friedman | Being human at electric speed: Exploring what it...

Latest Post: January 16, 2018
What Does 2018 Hold for Writers?

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A round-up of publishing industry trend articles, helping freelancers and authors anticipate changes coming in 2018.
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Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your...

Latest Post: January 15, 2018
4 (Possible) Reasons Why We Write

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It is the nature of writers to wonder. We wonder about others and we wonder about ourselves. We even wonder why we write. For most of us the compulsion to write is so… ineffable. Why do we write? We just do. We desire the stories. We love the words. We are compelled to communicate our wonder with...
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The Courage 2 Create

This is the story of me writing my first novel...and how life keeps...

Latest Post: January 15, 2018
Balancing Yourself: The Five Major Keys

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For nearly eight years we’ve talked about keeping things balanced, grounding ourselves. Today, I’d like to review what we’ve learned over the years about keeping things on an “even keel.” How To Ground Yourself Communing with nature has been a recurring theme on Courage 2 Create. But it is true...
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