Editing a novel is painful, but there are a few things you can do when writing your first draft that will make the second and subsequent drafts easier. Future you will thank past you for these efforts!
Envy is one of the most horrible emotions and we've all felt it. It's the force that needles you in the heart when someone else gets your desire. It's the thing that sours your enjoyment of what you love most. Here are some ways I've found for overcoming envy before it destroys your relationships or self esteem! And you know what? Envy can actually be good once you make peace with it.
There's a difference between being productive and pushing yourself towards a breakdown. Here are some tricks to get a lot done without burning out.
Can you make money from self publishing? Is it a valid method for real authors? Will my friends ever respect me? Here are all the pros and cons.
Guest post by Nerine Dorman
Most people who claim to hate fantasy don't actually hate the genre, they hate stories that are told badly. The thing is that fantasy is far more susceptible to a lot of writing faux pas. Which means that many potential readers give the genre a hard pass.
There is no one true way. How you choose to publish depends on your own personality and goals. Here's some info to help you decide.
I asked Milan from The Blurb Butterfly to share some insight on how to write the best book blurb for your novel. Here’s what she had to say. As writers we have no problem describing a scene in minute detail, relating our characters emotions and colouring a beautiful tale, but when it comes to the dreaded blurb, most of us seem to come up blank. Every author group or course will explain to you the importance of a blurb. They will tell you it’s the hook you need to get a click, the pitch you need to get interest. The bottom line is you could have written the most amazing book, but…
My trilogy is currently sitting at 316,078 words, which amounts to 732 Microsoft Word pages. It’s all in a single doc. A few people I've chatted to seem to think that you need some fancy writing software to write something length, but that's simply not the case. Here's what I do, and hopefully it can help you too.
I mean "beat" in the present tense, of course. Because beating procrastination is an ongoing battle. For someone prone to procrastination, there's no such thing as winning. You're pretty much working against your own brain constantly in order to get important things done.