There is more to becoming a successful author than just writing. You don’t get to the top and stay there if you don’t treat your writing as a serious career. Seeing yourself as more than just an average, run-of-the-mill writer, but an author building a career makes it easier to begin to see what tools you need to position yourself as a voice in your field of writing.
Whether you’re an old hand or a newbie who is serious about learning to write, the advice is the same: dig in and get that first book out of you. The do it yourself (DIY) phenomenon is about taking matters into your own hand. Projects around the house or garden? Do...
Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Review your goal regularly to make sure you are making progress in the right sequence of time. Don’t allow your goal to fall by the wayside or let it be overtaken by time.
Writers are encouraged to read endlessly. Read voraciously. Read for enjoyment. Read to learn how it is done. Read to take notes from the best authors in the world as you pore over their pages. Reading is an essential job for writers. It is not a pastime but an obligation. Ideally, it borders on obsession.
Whatever you write, you want to get your thoughts across as clearly and effectively as possible. If you’re a novelist, you don’t want awkward word choices or repetitive sentence structures to distract your readers from the story. If you’re a freelancer, you don’t want your work to seem sloppy or poorly edited. If you’re a blogger, you don’t want readers to switch off because you’re far too wordy. Want the good news? Even if your writing isn’t as strong as you’d like, there are plenty of straightforward techniques you can use to improve it.
As an author, selling your book can sometimes be a pain. With the euphoria of holding your published book in your hands beginning to wane, you are now faced with reality of getting that pile of boxed books delivered by your publisher or printer out of your house and into the waiting hands of the thousands of people you believe will be willing to pay good money for it. When it comes to forming a marketing plan for your book, you must remember that book sales, like any other business endeavour, requires strategy and planning. There is nothing undignified about marketing your book, especially if you are determined to be seen and recognised as a successful author.
Brand Visibility is the number one distinguishing factor that separates better-known brands from those that are not as popular or loved. Every brand says one thing: my product is good and you can trust it. However, some say it better and louder than others. Creating a...
8 Brainstorming Strategies for Generating New Writing Ideas by David K. William Writers sometimes experience a shortage of writing ideas, chaotic floods of ideas or no ideas at all that stalls writing projects. If you are experiencing this writers' peeve, try these...
Here is a list of fourteen books on writing every writer needs on their shelf. Some of these books could be used as a reference to solve a specific problem, like “Form the possessive singular of nouns with ‘s.” That answer is on page one of The Elements of Style. Or maybe you have a dragon called Resistance every time you try and sit down to write and you need to read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Or maybe you need to figure out how to make the reader care about your villain, and you need to read Save The Cat by Blake Snyder.