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The Write Practice

Practical Inspiration

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
3 Writing Prompts to Tap Into Your Creative Well

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Sometimes the hardest part about writing is coming up with the initial story idea. Once the spark of creativity is lit, the story will flow. All it takes to get moving is a strong title, inspiring image, or moving concept. Creativity is like a muscle. If you haven't used it in a while, it can...
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Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your...

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
How to Grow as a Writer: 5 Logical Steps

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Writers are students. Sometimes this is the result of nothing more than sheer necessity: we seek answers for our questions because writing is proposes difficult problems. But often, writers are students first and writers second. If this is you, then concentrating on how to grow as a writer isn’t...
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Writing for Money How-To -- Wordpreneur.com

How to write for money. Tips, articles and resources. On writing,...

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
6 things I learned marketing for startups (and early stage...

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“The other day as I was putting new strings on my guitar, something interesting happened. As the sixth and final string slid up into tune, the other strings came alive…” Read @ TNW »
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The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
New! The Book Blueprint: Expert Advice for Creating...

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Announcing the publication of The Book Blueprint, Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books The post New! The Book Blueprint: Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books appeared first on The Book Designer .
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Betsy Lerner

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
Some Say Love it is a Flower

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Over the years, I’ve usually said that a manuscript isn’t right for me when turning it down. It’s subjective, after all. All of us have turned down books that went on to success. Today, in a fit of honesty, I told a writer I didn’t think her work was ready. Maybe that’s as vague as […]
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Jungle Red Writers

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

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
Be Our Guest?

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BREAKING NEWS : Hank's TRUST ME is a Book Bub's Biggest Thrillers Coming Out Summer 2018! YAY! With Megan Abbott, Lisa Scottoline, Daniel Silva, B. A. Paris and Sandra Brown! (Oh, and Bill Clinton with James Patterson.) Yay! And Suspense Magazine says: TRUST ME is "without a doubt, one of the best...
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The Creative Penn

Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
The Motivation Myth. How High Achievers Really Set...

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You can't build a writing career on luck, but you can build it on developing a creative process that works for the long-term. In today's show, Jeff Haden explains how high achievers set themselves up to win. In the intro, I talk about the shake-ups in publishing this week: Kindle Worlds shuts...
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Rachelle Gardner | Literary Agent

Books and Such Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner Blogs about Books,...

Latest Post: May 21, 2018
ASK THE AGENT: Exclusivity

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A writer asked: “If you are working on revision suggestions for one agent with whom you have NOT signed, should you still query other agents?” Simple answer: No. If the agent has given you revision suggestions but not agreed to represent it, you should honor them (the fact that they took the time...
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Make A Living Writing

Frank advice for writers

Latest Post: May 20, 2018
Overcoming Procrastination: 7 Useless Activities Writers...

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Want to know the solution to overcoming procrastination? If you're feeling unproductive, as a freelance writer, you're not alone. Writers all seem to suspect other writers are super-productive, while they struggle to write a single paragraph. We're all, 'Stop wasting time, lady! Write more!'...
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Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Freelance writing information, news and tips from top copywriter and...

Latest Post: May 20, 2018
Scrivener 3: Make Writing Books Easier

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Whenever writers ask me about writing tools, we discuss Scrivener. I’ve been using the app since 2005, and finally updated to Scrivener 3 on my production machine. So, since Scrivener’s been on my mind, let’s look at some tips for the app which will help you to take charge of your long-form...
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WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Home of The Bookshelf Muse

Latest Post: May 17, 2018
Conducting Informational Interviews for Story Research

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Recently I hit a roadblock with my current manuscript. It wasn’t a typical “writer’s block,” though. Rather, I made an inspired decision first: My protagonist’s father would be the owner / manager of a home remodeling company. (I blame my … Continue reading → The post Conducting Informational...
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Books & Such Literary Management

Latest Post: May 17, 2018
Always Think Before Posting to Social Media

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Blogger: Rachel Kent Social media is a great tool. It can be used to connect with friends, readers, colleagues, family…nearly everyone is on some sort of social media these days–even my dad, who dislikes social media, looks at my mom’s …
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AndiLit - Writer, Editor, Online Writing Courses

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

Latest Post: May 16, 2018
Choosing to Write, Even if the Laundry Doesn’t Get Done by...

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While I’m on maternity leave with Baby Milo, a few dear friends have written pieces just for you all. I know you’ll enjoy them, and I hope you’ll find some new writers to follow and add to your community. Today’s post is from the wonderful Debra Smouse. When I was a little girl, I longed to be a...
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Jane Friedman | Being human at electric speed: Exploring what it...

Latest Post: May 16, 2018
Throat Clearing: When Your Story Opening Is in Search of...

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Some story openings happen to get the author’s pen rolling, to blow some warmth onto the icy blank page, to get the narrative blood flowing. Those not charitably inclined will call it “throat clearing.” However it's characterized, throat clearing should be cut. It’s there for the author, not for...
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Will Write For Food

Pithy snippets about food writing

Latest Post: May 15, 2018
Get a Decent Social Media Following First to Get a...

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Michelle Branson says she wants cookbook authors with a decent social media following. She’s Senior Editor and Contract Administrator of Gibbs Smith, in charge of cookbooks acquisition team, and a member of the children’s books acquisitions team. The question, though, is what constitutes a “decent...
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