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Several weeks ago a writer contacted me who confided: “I’ve tried to write. But after I write a couple of chapters of a book, I give up. Please don’t ask me to set set writing goals. Clearly they don’t work...
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Writing short stories: can you make money writing short stories? Yes, if you understand what readers want and the self-publishing environment today. Food for thought: Readers like short fiction. They’re looking for a quick hit of entertainment. If you can...
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Start writing! We’re living in amazing times. Years ago if anyone had suggested that writers could write short stories and make a living, you’d laugh. No one’s laughing now. We’re busy writing… 2019 update: the Short Reads’ secrets From an...
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Wondering how to choose a genre? In Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense we look at genre, and how to find MTS (mystery, thriller, suspense) genre opportunities: … (some self-publishing authors) write whatever’s popular at the time:...
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You’ve (finally) decided to write your novel. You’ve written ten or 100 pages, and it’s painful, because your characters refuse to come alive. You feel like a puppet master, jerking strings on lumps of wood. I’ve had that happen on...
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A bullet journal helps you to know where you are and where you’re headed. It will even help you to build the road that will get you there. I keep an Ikea trolley beside my desk. The top tray contains...
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You know you should be writing a current project, but you’ve just had a wonderful idea. You’re writing a novel, let’s say, when an idea for another novel pops into your mind. Suddenly your current project looks shop-worn. Your bright...
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A writing process to lessen stress and increase your income Look on batching as a companion process to time blocking. “Batching” means grouping similar tasks together on your calendar and to do list, then doing them consecutively. For example, you...
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In honor of US Independence Day, we’ve created three special offerings this week, to help you to declare your own independence. Imagine you’re an independent writer While life as an independent writer may not be all beer and pizza, at...
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Write short stories: be alert for opportunities I enjoy writing short stories because it’s restful while I’m writing novels. If a novel’s a tangled mess, I take a break to write a quick story. That’s usually enough to let me...

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