Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter - November 2017 Feature Article - Get Inspired! Do you struggle with feeling inspired? Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to think of anything interesting or creative to write about? Finding inspiration depends on you. Before you get discouraged, let me explain. We can find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas are right there waiting for us to acknowledge them. But if we look around and we don’t feel inspired, there’s a good chance our frustration is keeping us from seeing the ideas around us. Maybe we have judgments about where we live or the jobs we have. Maybe we feel exhausted because we’ve spread ourselves too thin. Maybe we’re frustrated because we’re not able to spend the time we want on writing. Whatever it is, it’s causing a block if we fail to feel inspired despite our efforts. The thing about inspiration is that it can come to us at different times. Maybe one day we watch a movie that we fall in...
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What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services

What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services

What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services Do you have a polished novel manuscript that is ready for copy editing? Or did you find out from an agent that your novel needs professional editing? Finishing a novel is a thrilling achievement. After all the time you’ve spent slaving away at producing a quality draft, you’re eager to get it into readers’ hands. But first, if you’re self-publishing your manuscript, you need an editor. Not just any editor though. You need a book editor, and preferably one who specializes in your genre. Before paying for editorial services though, there are some things you should know... 1. What’s a good price for copy editing novels? Editors’ rates vary across the board. And some editors charge by the hour and others charge by the word. Some will give you a firm quote and others will give you an estimate. And still others will adjust their fee based on the writer’s skill. Then, of course, there are the different...
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Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter - October 2017 Feature Article - Don't Give Up!   Being a writer is hard. Sitting down to write when we have thread-bare confidence in our writing abilities is a challenge. When the self-doubt settles in and no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to think of anything intelligent to write about or intelligent ways to express our thoughts or stories, it can get discouraging.   But hang in there.   One of the main reasons why we struggle so much is that we just lack confidence in our abilities. Gaining confidence though is relatively easy. I talk a lot about studying the craft of writing. And I do that because of how much it has impacted my ability to write.   I’ve been a writer since the fourth grade. But it wasn’t until recently that I started feeling more confident about my novel writing abilities. There’s a special talent one must possess to be a great storyteller. And thankfully, that talent can be learned....
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