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Category: Guides For Aspiring Writers

Writing: Stay Motivated in Order to Finish that Novel

There are a million quotes out there about writing a novel.  Chances are, if you’ve ever had the dream of writing your own book, you’ve spent hours combing the Internet, looking for inspiration among those who are already famous. Don’t misunderstand me: I’ve done the same. I can’t count how much time I’ve wasted trying to find that one quote that...

Novel Writing: How to Start Your Book

The idea of starting a novel can be both exhilarating and terrifying.  It’s a huge undertaking: you need a story, you need the proper motivation, and if you’re writing in the fantasy world, you need to know how to build that world. Sometimes the very idea of sitting down and writing out a novel can so frightening that some people...

Character Creating:  How to get Started

After you’ve decided on what sort of book you want to write, it’s time to work on your main character.  This usually serves as the protagonist of the story, though you’ll want to create an antagonist as well.  Don’t worry: if your book has several main characters, you can still use this guide to work on making three-dimensional people for...

Career Creation: Keeping Your Passion Alive

Don’t let anyone fool you: being a writer is hard work.  If you’ve decided to make it into a career, it can be even more difficult. Once you no longer see it as a hobby, it can turn into something that you see as a mundane job. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of turning your passion into work.  In this article,...

Independent Authors: Making Money Off Your Work

Maybe you write because you love the idea of telling a story. You love creating intricate plots and deep, complex characters. However, if you’re like most independent authors out there, you’d love to make money off your work as well. In this article, I’ll discuss how authors make money independently.  Independently means making money without using a traditional publishing company....

Sympathetic Villains in Your Novel

Whatever book you’ve decided to write, you probably have an antagonist in mind.  It’s important to drive the story and give your protagonist someone to fight against.  In a lot of cases, it’s black and white on who’s good and who’s the bad guy.  What happens when you want to make your story a little grayer, though? That’s where sympathetic...

Publishing Mistakes for Independent Authors

So you finished your first book. It was a grueling, heart wrenching process. You slaved over it for days, months, maybe even years. Now it’s done, though, and you’re ready to share it with the world. Unfortunately, you may not be. There are a lot of publishing mistakes that new time independent authors make that you want to avoid. Cheaping...