How to Find Balance Between Writing Books & Marketing Your Work

How to Find Balance Between Writing Books & Marketing Your Work

How to Find Balance Between Writing Books & Marketing Your Work Marketing is a big part of building a successful writing business. And you need time to market your books. Time to create emails for your mailing list and short messages on social media. All of those things take time to create unless you're able to whip them up in minutes. We're writers. We need time to brainstorm ideas, flesh out characters and plots, and create character and story outlines. We also need time to write. But what's important? Numbers are important. Selling our books and bringing in income is important. But staying focused on our work and getting the writing done is important, too. Writerly activities don't happen overnight. And if we're too busy thinking about other things and not taking care of our creative side, we run the risk of having our fountain run dry. Or at least that's how it feels. If we want to write, we must view writing as a valid...
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An Absolutely Critical Step In Getting Motivated to Write

An Absolutely Critical Step In Getting Motivated to Write

An Absolutely Critical Step In Getting Motivated to Write Are you struggling to keep up with your writing work? Are you wondering how you can keep churning out positive messages to your readers every week? One of the things that can help us stay on track is making sure we take care of our health. Health, both physical and mental, is very important for our writing skills and our motivation, especially when we are writing to encourage and inspire others. But what about all of the brilliant writers who suffered from depression? Like Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Sylvia Plath? True, brilliant writing can be the result of some of the darkest moments. But I think it's really difficult to encourage and inspire others if we ourselves don't feel encouraged or inspired. We can say some positive things, but staying consistent, especially when we're online with a blog and social media, is difficult. Before social media became popular, it was easy to go online (remember chat rooms in the...
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5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers The internet age has paved the way for better storytelling. Boring, lame stories in both fiction and nonfiction don't cut it anymore. Competition has increased, fueling the need to stand apart from the crowd. If you want to get heard, you have to tell a great story. Unfortunately, poor stories are everywhere. Writers get rushed and marketing departments churn out subpar materials, adding to the slush of bad writing on the internet. With all of the information available to us, there really is no good excuse. Telling a great story through writing takes time and effort. And it's certainly not something you can learn overnight. But here are some keys to great storytelling skills... 1. Make It Relatable  Stories that aren't relevant to readers fail to gain traction not just in print but on the internet as well. They risk damaging a writer's reputation because if the writer managed to write a great headline or...
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