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Just Say No

June 18th, 2020

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Being able to say “No” is vital when it comes to finding more time to write. Is there something in your life that you are doing (a volunteer position, a committee spot, babysitting for a relative, for example) but you would rather spend that time writing? Do you belong to a group that feels more like a chore than a fun activity? Resign from the group and dedicate the new-found free time to ...

The Importance of Not Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

May 30th, 2020

Shanan, a writer and the creator of The Procrastiwriter website, shared in a genius blog post why we should stop comparing ourselves to other writers:

“If you’re reading this, the odds that you have at least one social media account are pretty decent. And if you’re a questionable human being like me, you’ve probably had at least one friend tied to your social media networks whose carefully c ...

Top 10 Evergreen Topics

May 11th, 2020

No matter how much time passes, some topics never go out of writing style. They are handy fall-back subjects to cover when you are looking for ideas to write about. And if you can cover the topic in a fresh and exciting way, editors will love you for it.

- Sex
- Money
- Food
- Relationships 
- Weight loss
- Family
- Holidays
- Careers/Jobs
- Home improvement
- Pets and pet care

Happy writing!

Even More Writers Advice to Their Newbie Writing Self

April 30th, 2020

Vance Nevada lives in Blackfalds, Alberta, and is the author of Wrestling in the Canadian West and is the 2010 winner of the James C. Melby Historian award. He would tell his beginning writer self three things:

"1. Never underestimate the usefulness of an editor.  Even if you are a subject matter expert, by the time that you have written, re-written and reviewed your own material over and ov ...

A Publisher’s View on Writers Doing a Book Series

April 18th, 2020

Pat Rediger, the publisher of Benchmark Press, publishes series books and has some advice for authors, “Try the initial book in the series and if it sells well then you can consider the next book. Sometimes authors are predisposed to create the series before they know the initial book will sell, and while we encourage them to be optimistic, they need to be realistic and assess the market befo ...

A Writer on Penning a Book Series

April 11th, 2020

Anthony Bidulka has created two series - one follows the cases of Private Detective Russell Quant and the other details the adventures of Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint. Bidulka details the intricacies of writing series books, “In terms of writing series versus stand alones, I think there is a difference in terms of initial planning. When I began writing the Russell Quant series, and now ...

Writers and Stress

March 31st, 2020
The whole world is under a massive blanket of stress right now, thanks to Covid-19. But today we are just going to talk about writing stress, an entity unto itself! 

Brian Brennan, an award-winning and best-selling author, keeps his writing stress to a minimum, “I manage to avoid stress in my writing life. I try not to take on too much work at any given time, only accept deadlines that I can ...

Writers and Computers

March 11th, 2020

It’s no surprise that computers are one of the main favored tools that writers use; they make writing, rewriting and editing a tad easier than a pen and paper. John Warner is no exception, “Most of all, I appreciate the computer and its ability to:

 a.) allow for word processing and the attendant spelling, grammar correcting and general shuffling of text. (My first novel was 240-odd pages c ...

Spreadsheet Your Time

February 29th, 2020

One way to find more writing time is to figure out where your time is already going. Many people are unaware of how they actually spend their minutes and hours. Consider making a spreadsheet for every day for a week and break it down into 15 minute intervals. Spend the next seven days filling out the spreadsheet as to how you spend every 15 minute time slot. I think you’ll be shocked by what ...

Writing & Publishing a Book Series

February 11th, 2020
If you are thinking of penning a book series, consider what Nik Burton, a past editor of Freelance magazine and the managing editor of Coteau Books, has to share how they handle series books, “Coteau takes series of books very seriously. We have published single-author series of novels and more of our young readers titles have belonged to series than have been one-offs in the last few years. ...
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