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How to Keep Writing When the Chips are Down

How to Keep Writing When the Chips are Down

Writers need to write every day, but working moms know by EOD, it’s hard to kick extra ass. Here’s how I kept my pen moving when the chips were stacked against me.

Common Writer Scams & How to Avoid Them

Common Writer Scams & How to Avoid Them

Scammers target freelance writers, editors, & authors. This article describes common scams, how to avoid them, & how to become a real writer, editor, or author.

Lessons Learned from the Romance Author Plagiarism & Ghostwriter Scandal (AKA #copypastecrislist)

Lessons Learned from the Romance Author Plagiarism & Ghostwriter Scandal (AKA #copypastecrislist)

A woman was caught plagiarizing multiple romance authors. This article reviews avoiding plagiarism & using ghostwriters, so you can have a happily-ever-after.

The Importance of High Self-Esteem for Writers

The Importance of High Self-Esteem for Writers

High self-esteem makes you a better writer, able to handle rejection and setbacks inevitable to any writer. Self-care and being kind to yourself go a long way.

The Ultimate Fitness Plan for Readers & Writers

The Ultimate Fitness Plan for Readers & Writers

Use the Ultimate Fitness Plan for Readers and Writers to make 2018 your best year yet in terms of reading, writing, and overall mind and body health.

5 Lessons from NaNoWriMo Week 1

5 Lessons from NaNoWriMo Week 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo 2017 ends today. Check out the lessons I’ve learned and let those help you write your novel and win NaNoWriMo.

3 Ways Reading Makes You a Smarter & Better Writer

3 Ways Reading Makes You a Smarter & Better Writer

Reading makes you a better writer by improving your memory and concentration, boosting your language skills, and giving you insight into your field or genre.

How You Can Write a Book in a Month

How You Can Write a Book in a Month

I’m not ready for NaNoWriMo, but with this writing plan, I’ll come close to reaching my writing goals, and you can, too. Join my Facebook group for extra support.

How to Become a Freelance Editor

How to Become a Freelance Editor

Love words, style, plot, and all of the other nuances of great storytelling but don’t want to be an author? See if you have the chops to be a freelance editor.

Bestselling Author Carolyn Haines on Overcoming Fear, Going Indie, & Being a Writer

Bestselling Author Carolyn Haines on Overcoming Fear, Going Indie, & Being a Writer

Being a writer in an evolving publishing landscape isn’t for the faint of heart. Author Carolyn Haines talks about overcoming fear, going indie, and being an author.

Why Writers Should Attend a Writers Conference

Why Writers Should Attend a Writers Conference

Writers conferences provide opportunities for staying up-to-date on the writing industry and storytelling techniques, and for networking with fellow writers.

Why My First Query Letter Failed

Why My First Query Letter Failed

Query letters lacking the right information distract agents from your story’s salable qualities. Avoid making my first query letter mistakes when writing your query.