How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer

How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer

How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer Want to get really, really good at writing and become a great writer? I hear a lot of complaints about writing… how hard it is, how boring it is, how it takes so long, how they're just not interested in what they're writing about. The list goes on and on. I think every writer has struggled with at least one of these problems at some point in their writing career. I know I have, especially when it comes to writing for my blog. The number one trick to solve this problem is simple: do a lot of writing. How do you get so good at skiing that you think black diamonds are a cake walk? Practice. How do you increase your endurance to compete in the Olympics? Practice. How do you learn how to write a great novel? Practice. How do you… Okay, you get the idea. It's a simple answer, but becoming a great writer requires...
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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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The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer's Platform You've heard that social media is a great place to build your writer's platform. And many publishers actually seek authors who have established certain levels of a follower base and engagement. But adding social media to your already-busy schedule can sound like a ridiculous idea. You're already so busy – how can you do social media and still have time to focus on your writing? I'm sure you know by now that social media can be a huge time waster. It can keep you from your writing work all day long if you let it. But it's also a valuable tool when used properly. So, what's the right way to use social media to build your writer's platform? That's where discipline comes in. If you're short on time (who isn't, right?), decide on how much time you can work on social media. If you can only devote 10 minutes per day, start there. Before we...
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