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7 Ways To Avoid Distractions While You Write

7 Ways To Avoid Distractions While You Write

Distractions. They get the best of us—encouraging us to procrastinate when we know there’s a ton of work to do. Maybe that’s part of the problem. We don’t want to work when we know there’s a lot on our plates. Writing doesn’t have to be a chore, but if you’re struggling to pull yourself back into work, try these tricks!

9 New Year’s Resolutions For Writers

9 New Year’s Resolutions For Writers

New year, new me? It’s that time again—time to come up with that New Year’s resolution! As writers, we are always open to the idea of improvement and broadening our minds to creativity for the sake of a story. Now that it’s 2019, here are 9 New Year’s Resolutions to consider:

#AmWriting: Defeating Writer's Block

#AmWriting: Defeating Writer's Block

We’ve all had it happen to us. One moment we are thriving on imagination, running on creative fuel, and our fingertips rush to keep up with our story. Next, we are struggling to formulate a fitting sentence, unable to find that deep-rooted connection that gives our story life and makes us feel like we’re one with our characters. So, how do we fight this? How do we rediscover our imagination and defeat writer’s block?

From Idea to Paper: Telling vs. Showing

From Idea to Paper: Telling vs. Showing

An idea forms, and you’re madly trying to write it down before it dwindles and fades and you forget you even had this magical concept in your grasp. But HOW do you show what you see in your head? HOW can you articulate those scenes and characters, if they’re all in your imagination? In this post, I aim to help you bring your awesome idea to life!

Why Do Authors Practice Writing Books?

Why Do Authors Practice Writing Books?

How does an author discover their writing style? Well, it may sound like something that's innate but it's certainly not that simple. Finding a writing style that's best for you takes a lot of work and a few tries before some authors get it right. Like anything in life, authors have to practice, practice, practice! 

Lit to Stick: 3 Tips for Landing an Agent

Lit to Stick: 3 Tips for Landing an Agent

Guest Post featuring author and literary agent Caroline George.

Like visual art, writing carries a subjective quality. One reader may adore the book. Another may give the story a thumbs down. Since literary agents are readers, they also view writing through a subjective lens. Each agent determines a submission’s worth based on their personal rubric—platform, plot, genre, writing style, etc. Check out Caroline George’s tips on how you can appeal to literary agents.

How To Become a Published Author: 3 Approaches to Publishing

How To Become a Published Author: 3 Approaches to Publishing

Ready to publish your first book? Research and determine what kind of author you want to be. With three publishing avenues to pursue, each one can take you in a different direction. You must decide which way works best for you depending on your writing aspirations.

5 Tips For Editing Your First Book

5 Tips For Editing Your First Book

So, you just typed “THE END” and your story is ready to be published, right? WRONG. You have hours of editing ahead of you so sit tight, grab another coffee, and get ready to dig in.