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Visual writing prompts are an excellent method to spark your creativity. They are a means of exploration into your journey as a writer. Taking part in writing prompts can lead you into depths of writing discovery that may have otherwise eluded you.

Taking twenty minutes to participate in prompts like this on a regular basis can unlock your true potential as a writer.

Good Luck!

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The Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dared go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours.

  • Use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing.
  • Start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog.
  • Or just practice your skills.

It’s true that a picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered!

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Please post a link to your writing in the comments section 🙂

I look forward to reading your writing.

Have Fun!

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Magical Morning by Kokoszkaa

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dare go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a storyteller so this will be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites. Or share your response to the writing challenge in the comments section below.
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writer’s prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments:-)

I look forward to reading your writing.

(if you post past the deadline I will do my best to read your work and share it on my social networks as time permits).

Have Fun!

Why You Need a Book Poster

By Jessica Kane

Independent authors are faced with many unique challenges, and one of the most daunting is promotion.

Seeing your book in print for the first time is a special moment that soon gives way to the sobering reality that now you must market it properly.

One of the most effective ways to do this is with a book poster.

There are a few reasons why you need a book poster copy

  • A poster is a highly-portable and visual way to draw attention to your book that can be used in variety of methods and places.
  • Aside from book blogging, which is a great method of promotion for independent authors, a book poster that is professionally designed lends a certain amount of credibility to your status as an author.
  • While the number of self-published authors has grown in recent years, there is still something of a stigma attached to independent publishing. Many readers have a perception that the writing of an independent author cannot be as good as that of an author with a big publishing contract. This is patently false, of course, but it is still something you must overcome. One way to do that is to mimic the promotion methods used by mainstream publishing houses, and the book poster has long been used to generate a buzz for new releases. Just check the window of your local bookstore the next time you visit.

The thing is, any old poster won’t do. Too many independent authors make the mistake of trying to design their own or of using a cheap online printing service. A poorly designed poster can actually hurt your chances for sales rather than improve them. If you are going to use a poster, having it professionally designed offers significant advantages. A designer can bring their creative skills into play in order to capture the essence of your book in a way that others cannot.

Think about it. If you are an independent author, writing is what you do. It is far more efficient to spend your time book blogging than to spend it designing a poster or banner. The money you spend on hiring someone to design a poster for you is well-spent because it frees you up to do what you do best–write.

Getting a book poster designed is actually one of the most cost-effective methods of book promotion because a poster has a wide variety of applications.

  • Posters can be bundled with pre-order offers to enhance the chances that people will make a purchase. Be honest. How many times have you purchased a book because you liked the cover art? You’re not alone. The importance of graphic presentation is something the big publishers have always understood. If you sign some posters and include them with a pre-order, there is a chance that you will make more sales.
  • If you are promoting your book with signings at local book retailers, using posters to promote the event and having some on hand to sign is a plus. Once again, the quality of the poster is all important. You only have one chance to make a good impression with it.
  • Posters are an integral part of the press kit that you should assemble and send to media outlets and reviewers in advance of your book’s publication. Critics are just like anyone else. They, too, can be swayed by slick presentation. If you include a poster with your marketing materials you are sending a message that you are a serious player. The absence of nice graphics in the form of a poster or banner will often sound the death knell for an independent author. If a reviewer takes your book out of the envelope and it looks like a self-published work, expect it to be shuffled to the bottom of the heap where it may or may not get a review.

Overall, book posters are a wise investment. They should be a part of your marketing budget for their ability to increase exposure in a way that is effective and economical when weighed against other methods of promotion.

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unnamedJessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in graphic design, marketing, and printing. She currently writes for 777 Sign, her go to place for banner signs, custom flags and custom signs printing.

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Totally Transform Your Next Blog Post

The Unfair Advantage Popular Writers Try to Hide

You know your writing heroes? Would you be shocked to learn that their writing is no better than yours?

Sure, the end product is better, but the first draft is just as clumsy, flabby, and downright difficult to read as any of your own writing efforts.

What popular bloggers know that many people don’t know (or don’t want to believe) is that a post isn’t finished simply because they’ve said everything they want to say. In many ways that’s just the beginning.

Think of your draft as a rough diamond. Value is hidden inside it and you need an expert gem cutter to reveal its beauty and clarity.

Which is why many top bloggers hire a professional editor to transform their rough diamonds into gleaming jewels. That’s right – someone else is helping them.

Somewhat unfair, right?

No wonder their writing seems so much better than yours. And even those bloggers who don’t use an editor have simply learned how to edit their own posts like a pro.

Fortunately, editing isn’t rocket science. If you have someone to show you how.

So let’s break down the rules that’ll help you transform your unremarkable draft into a perfectly polished post.

7 Editing Rules That Will Totally Transform Your Next Post

  • DON’T PAD YOUR PROSE WITH EMPTY FILLER WORDS
(Or: Avoid Using Grammar Expletives)

Grammar expletives are literary constructions that begin with the words it, here, or there followed by a form of the verb to be.

(Expletive comes from the Latin explere, meaning to fill. Think smelly literary landfill).

Common constructions include it is, it was, it won’t, it takes, here is, there is, there will be.

The problem? When it, here, and there refer to nouns later in the sentence or – worse – to something unnamed, they weaken your writing by shifting emphasis away from the true drivers of your sentences. And they usually require other support words such aswho, that, and when, which further dilute your writing.

Let’s look at an example:

There are some bloggers who seem to have…

The there are expletive places the sentence’s focus on some nebulous thing called thereinstead of the true focus of the sentence – some bloggers. And the writer must then use another unnecessary word – who – that’s three unnecessary words in one unfocused sentence.

Train yourself to spot instances of there, here, and it followed by a to be verb (such as is,are, was, and were) and adjust your sentences to lead with the meat and potatoes of those sentences instead.

(Tip: Use your word processor’s find functionality and search for there, here, and it and determine if you’ve used an expletive).

Other before-and-after examples:

  • It’s fun to edit – Editing is fun
  • It takes time to writeWriting takes time
  • There are many people who write – Many people write
  • There’s nothing better than blogging – Nothing’s better than blogging
  • Here are some things to consider: – Some things to consider are:

Caveat: If you previously described an object using there, here, and it, you’re not guilty of an expletive infraction. For example:

  • I love editing. It’s fun. (This is not an expletive construction since I previously described what it refers to.)

2. DON’T WEAKEN THE ACTION WITH WIMPY WORDS

(Or: Avoid Weak Verbs; Use Visceral and Action Verbs Instead)

Not only does to be conspire with it, there, and here to create nasty grammar expletives, but it’s also responsible for its own class of sentence impairing constructions.

Certain uses of to be in its various forms weaken the words that follow. The solution is to replace these lightweights with more powerful alternatives.

Let’s see some before-and-after examples:

  • She is blogging – She blogs
  • People are in love with him – People love him
  • He is aware that people love him – He knows people love him

Other verbs besides to be verbs can lack strength as well. Use visceral verbs or verbs that express some action. Let’s edit:

  • Give outOffer
  • Find outDiscover
  • Make it clearer – Clarify
  • I can’t make it to the party – I can’t attend the party
  • He went to Mexico – He traveled to Mexico
  • Think of a blogging strategy – Devise a blogging strategy

3. DON’T CRIPPLE YOUR DESCRIPTIONS WITH FEEBLE PHRASES

(Or: Avoid Weak Adjectives)

Weak adjectives sap the strength from your writing just as nefariously as weak verbs. Use the best adjectives possible when describing nouns and pronouns. And be mindful that certain words, like really and very, usually precede weak adjectives. Take a look:

  • Really badTerrible
  • Really goodGreat
  • Very bigHuge
  • Very beautifulGorgeous

Even if you don’t have a telltale really or very preceding an adjective, you can often give your writing more impact by using stronger alternatives:

  • DirtyFilthy
  • TiredExhausted
  • ScaredTerrified
  • HappyThrilled

Even worse than using weak adjectives is using weak adjectives to tell your readers what something isn’t as opposed to telling them what something is:

  • It’s not that good – It’s terrible
  • He’s not a bore – He’s hilarious
  • He’s not very smart – He’s ignorant

4. TRIM FLABBY WORDS AND PHRASES

(Or: Avoid Verbose Colloquialisms)

Today’s readers have limited time and patience for flabby writing. Their cursors hover over the back button, so say what you mean as concisely as possible before your readers vanish:

  • But the fact of the matter isBut (Avoid flabby colloquial expressions when possible)
  • Editing is absolutely essential – Editing is essential (Absolutely is redundant)
  • You’re going to have to edit your work – You’ll have to edit your work or You mustedit your work (Going to and going to have to are flabby expressions)
  • Due to the fact that editing takes time, some people avoid it – Because editing takes time, some people avoid it
  • Every single person should love editing – Every person should love editing (Single is redundant; and shouldn’t married people love editing too? 😉 )

5. DON’T PUSSYFOOT AROUND YOUR VERBS AND ADJECTIVES

(Or: Avoid Nominalization)

Nominalization occurs when a writer uses a weak noun equivalent when a stronger verb or adjective replacement is available. Like expletives, nominals usually introduce other unnecessary words when used.

Count the number of words in the before-and-after examples below, and you will witness how badly nominals weaken your writing:

  • Give your post a proofreadProofread your post (verb form)
  • Alcohol is the cause of hangovers – Alcohol causes hangovers (verb form)
  • The plane’s approach was met with the scramble of emergency crews – The planeapproached and emergency crews scrambled. (verb form)
  • He shows signs of carelessness – He is careless (adjective form)
  • She has a high level of intensity – She is intense (adjective form)

6. THROW OUT THE RULEBOOK ON PUNCTUATION

(Or: Use the Occasional Comma for Clarity)

The rules around punctuation can be complicated, even for the humble comma.

But do you truly need to know the difference between a serial comma, an Oxford comma, and a Harvard comma to write a great blog post? Of course not. (And it’s a trick question – they’re all the same.)

So my philosophy on commas is simple:

Use commas sparingly if you prefer, but if excluding a comma MAKES YOUR READER STOP READING, add another bleepin’ comma – regardless of what any comma police may say.

Let’s look at an example:

You can ignore editing and people reading your post may not notice but your ideas will get lost.

By not including a comma between editing and and, I read this sentence and asked myself, “I can ignore editing and people reading my post? Really?” Of course, readers work out the intended meaning a moment later, but by that time, they’ve already stalled.

So, regardless of what comma rule I may break by adding a comma to this sentence, as long as my readers don’t get confused and stop reading, I don’t care – and neither should you.

Let’s look at another example that needs a comma for clarity:

One day, when you find success you can pull out your golden pen and write me a thank-you letter.

By not including a comma between success and you, I read this sentence and asked myself, “Is success something you can pull out of a golden pen?”

Regardless of your stance on commas, you ultimately want your readers to keep reading. You want them to continue down your slippery slope of powerful content all the way to your call to action – without getting jarred from their trance to contemplate commas with their inner editors or a Google search.

7. BE AS MANIPULATIVE AS POSSIBLE

(Or: Use Noun Modifiers Whenever You Can)

You won’t use this technique often, but at least be mindful of it.

When we use two nouns together with the first noun modifying the second, we are using noun modifiers. I like them because they hack the flab from our writing by shortening our sentences. Let’s review some examples:

  • Tips on editing – Editing tips
  • Great advice on how to boost traffic – Great traffic-boosting advice (Traffic-boosting is a compound noun here)
  • Information regarding registration – Registration information

These sentences have prepositions between the noun sets. Whenever you spot this construction, try to implement this noun-modifying technique.

What’s Your Excuse Now?

These tips are not magical, mystical, or complicated. In fact, you could consider them downright boring, plain, and inconsequential.

But applying smart editing rules is what separates your heroes from the masses,catapults them to success, and makes readers say, “I don’t know what it is about their writing, but it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Look at is this way: You’ve expended a ton of effort on SEO, content marketing, networking, and social media promotion, all in the hopes that more people will notice your blog. So when they arrive, shouldn’t your next post blow their socks off too?

And how about your last post and the one before that? (Yes, you can apply these rules to your old posts too!)

Or are you one of those writers who think they write well enough already? Well, you might be surprised by just how many of these crimes against clarity you’re committing.

Open one of your posts right now and see how many of these editing rules you can apply.

Read each word of your post. Is the word an expletive? Is it a weak verb? A weak adjective? Does it represent nominalization or flab or break any of the other rules mentioned in this post?

Run each word of your post through this process. You will find something to improve. And your writing will be 100% more powerful as a result.

Because the search for perfection never ends.

And your writing is never too good.

Sure, proofreading and editing take time.

And yes, you’re already busy enough.

But your writing heroes edit, and they land the guest posts, book deals, and exposure you only wish you could.

So, take a break from #amwriting and start #amediting right now.

Your success will thank you.


About the Author: Shane Arthur is the copy editor for Jon Morrow’s kick-butt Guest Blogging Apprenticeship Program (aff.), where he applies these rules (and others) to polish students’ guest posts to perfection before final submission.

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful by Shane Arthur


 

Top Resources for Indie Writers & Authors

Indie Author Resources

by Michelle Rene Goodhew

As a writer, you are going to want to establish a good go-to list of resources that will serve to improve your writing and your writing habits.

An author’s resources offer him/her information, education, and inspiration.

This collection of websites, books and podcasts are some great resources you can go to that will assist in your writing efforts.

Who are the gurus of the self-publishing world? What books should you read? Who can publish your articles and pay you for them? What podcasts will really help you? Who can you rely on to help fuel your passion and get you motivated to maintain a writing schedule? Who can help you as an author to promote your book or further your career?

Below are my lists of top resources that have become the most generally helpful to me and other authors. It is important that you check out these resources now and not later, that’s why I believe it was imperative to show them to you now, so you can begin to reap the benefits of them sooner rather than later. Try to visit some of these at least once a week and definitely if you are needing some motivation. Get out your colander right now and schedule time for this activity which will sharpen your skills as a writer. Get comfortable with these resources and use them to turn your book into the best-seller it can be.

Go-To List of Resources:

The Writers Cannon - a list of must read books for authors and writers

The Writers Cannon:

I realize that there are only so many hours in the day, but what you have to finally understand is that in order for you to succeed as a writer you must set aside time to work on your writing career. This includes time to read. Reading will teach you so much more than the act of writing can alone. By reading reputable writers you will not only broaden your knowledge base of the writing industry, but you will begin to hone in on your own writing style, your voice.

In your library of resources you should include some specific go-to sources that will inspire you to keep at your craft while at the same time will work to propel you forward as a writer. In this list of resources you should include these specific works:

  • Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks. Larry gives you a sense of where to begin in your storytelling efforts. Larry believes that good storytelling is dependent on successful story engineering. He stresses that unless you are a master of function and form, than creating your first draft without planning is a recipe for disaster. His book shows you the architecture of storytelling. He believes there are six specific aspects that when combined they empower each other on the page. You will learn to grasp the big picture of your work and professionally apply his approach which includes concept, character, theme and plot. You will also learn two methods by which to execute your scene construction and apply your writing voice. This book will make the process come to you with ease and help you to produce greatness in your manuscript. Larry is one of the masters, he should go down in the cannon of instructional works on writing, do not pass this book by, make it a point to read it.
  • Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling also by Larry Brooks. In this book Larry takes your writing to the next level. He explains that in the world of writing there is a thing he calls story physics that works much the same as real-world physics. These physics rule your writing capability and understanding them will help you to enhance and master your storytelling skill. Larry will introduce you to six key literary forces that when applied enable you to write a manuscript that is geared for success. These forces will take your storytelling craft to new heights, settling you in at a level that stands to be much more compelling than the work of other authors. With the aid of this book you can almost guarantee that your book will become a best-seller. This is a basic staple for your resource library, miss this read and you’ll regret it.
  • Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland. In this book Weiland insists that outlining your novel is your key to success. I have to say that I swear by Weiland’s belief. Learning how to outline my work has allowed me to produce some compelling work. This will be one of your most powerful tools you will ever learn. You will discover an outlining style that works for you. You will learn some crucial brainstorming techniques. Your ability to discover your characters will be amplified. Structuring your scenes will begin to come with ease. You will learn how to format your finished outline and how to make use of it. Weiland is brilliant; she mentors authors and writers around the globe. I recommend you follow her blog on her website as one of your self-publishing and writing gurus. Don’t miss this book; make it your mission to read it.
  • Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story again by K.M. Weiland. This book reveals a basic foundation of all successful stories. Weiland explains why some stories work and some stories don’t. This book can almost guarantee you a powerful plot and compelling character arcs. She breaks down effective story and scene structure so that you understand the timing of your stories events and gives you a standard to use when evaluating your stories pacing and progression. You will formulate the best methods that you can personally use toward the vision of your story. You will come to understand what structural weaknesses can appear in a story and gain the ability to turn those weaknesses into strengths. You will learn about the concept of the “centerpiece” and how to rid your story of any lackluster. She describes rules for introducing conflict and when you should steer clear of it. This book will help you to see the questions that you don’t want your readers to be asking and how to work your plot to get them to ask the correct ones. This book is plain awesome, read it.
  • Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. This short book will show you how to create stories that come alive to your readers. You’ll learn how to anchor your readers to the point of view character. You’ll learn how to take ordinary narrative and make it extraordinary. This book is easy to read and the steps are easy to follow. This book will help you to eliminate the show/don’t tell issues in your writing. I highly encourage you to follow Jill on the web as a go-to guru in the writing industry. She is a wealth of knowledge. Read this book.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Just read it, period. This book is an every writer’s must read. In this book King gives a practical view of the craft of writing. He reveals basic tools of the trade that every writer should know. This book will inspire and empower you. Just keep in mind that one person’s words are not gold, but merely a good and sound foundation from which to leap. So read it or regret it.
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform. To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

These books are a must whatever your manuscript will entail. The tools given by them are the best in the industry and you can rest assured that, if you have the spark of an author, they will enable you to grow and develop as a writer into an extraordinary storyteller. Surprisingly enough, these reads won’t take you long to digest and they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to bettering your craft to be in line to compete with the “big dogs”.

the best people to follow in self publishing

The Gurus of the Self-Publishing World: 

Below is a list I have compiled of the Gurus of the literary practice.

  • Me of course – The IndieAuthor Advocate: I will give you valuable content at least once a week that will get you set up as a successful indie author. Bookmark me.
  • Larry Brooks: About evolving your understanding of the principles and craft of fiction, and harnessing the various forces of storytelling that make it so.
  • K.M. WeilandWhen she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog.
  • Jeff GoinsThe author of four books including the national best seller, The Art of Work. On this blog, he shares his reflections on writing and life.
  • The Creative PennA New York Times and USA Today best-selling thriller author as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of the Guardian UK top 100 creative professionals of 2013.
  • The Book DesignerHe spends a lot of time researching new ways for you to get your books into print, to make them more apt to sell, and be a source of pride to both author and publisher.
  • Write to DoneDo you like writing? Maybe you do, but she bets there are also times when you feel frustrated because you want to write better. Check out some of her articles.
  • Poets and WritersThe primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.
  • Get PublishedA 21-part audio course on becoming an author. This program from my friend Michael Hyatt (to which I gladly contributed) is the most thorough guide to publishing I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it!
  • The Unconventional Guide to How to Publish Your BookIn this guide, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to get a book, self-publish your work, or do both. For anyone who’s ever dreamed the dream of publishing a book, this is a great resource.
  • Writing a Winning Book ProposalPublishing veteran Michael Hyatt walks you through the process of crafting a great proposal for your book (whether it’s a novel or the next nonfiction best seller).
  • Writer’s Digest:
  • Writers Market:
  • Chris the Story Reading Ape: This is a personal favorite of mine. Chris compiles a multitude of useful articles from other bloggers and shares them with you. I am truly thankful to have found this resource because it provides information and sources that I might not have found on my own.

These gurus will launch your writing career to the next level; they are an invaluable resource that shouldn’t be overlooked. As part of establishing good writing habits I recommend that you keep an eye on these people and apply the tools you acquire from them, they will shape your career as a writer.

the top podcasts on writing

Top Free Podcasts on Writing:

It’s rare to come across writing tools that are completely free and actually useful. You can ring up quite a tab attending webinars, seminars and retreats. For most writers, those price tags are far out of reach. On the other end of the spectrum, writing tools and tips that are advertised as free have a tendency to disappoint.

Enter podcasts. They’re portable, engaging, and free. Want to hear straight talk on how to publish your novel? Listen to a lecture from an acclaimed writing professor? Just pop in some ear buds and hit play. You’ll discover hundreds of free podcasts focused entirely on writing and its various subgenres. No matter what kind of writer you are, something is bound to pique your interest. All you need is about 15 minutes and an audio device.

Here are six of my top free podcast picks:

  • Writing Excuses: Writing Excuses is a fiction writing podcast run by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, The Wheel of Time, and The Stormlight Archive), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), and Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary). You can listen to these weekly podcasts directly from the Writing Excuses website. Each is just 15 minutes long, “because you’re in a hurry, and we are not that smart.” With their own special brand of humor, the show hosts dish out advice on topics germane to creative writing, including literary techniques, idea farms, plotting, and the publishing industry.
  • The Writing Studio: On Writing: On Writing is a series of conversations with faculty and other advanced writers at Vanderbilt University about their writing practices. Conversations examine writer’s eccentricities and the ways in which a given writer generates ideas, cultivates a style, and responds to various writing situations.
  • Creative Writing Podcast: The Creative Writing Podcast at AmericanWriters.com is designed to help writers of all levels. The focus is on characterization, narrative, plot development, dialogue, conflict, setting, literary archetypes, etc. Episodes are not centered around mindless, useless pep talks and recycled writing tips. Rather, the Podcast at AmericanWriters.com offers in-depth analysis of what works and what doesn’t, with explanations and original writing samples.
  • Write For Your Life: Co-hosted by writers Iain Broome and Myke Hurley, the Write for Your Life podcast is part of the 70Decibels network. You can catch up on the whole backlog of past episodes by browsing the “Write for Your Life” archives on Iain’s site. The hosts talk writing, reading and all things digital. You can expect thoughts, advice, nonsense and guests. ”Write for Your Life” has been featured in the new and noteworthy section of iTunes.
  • The Creative Penn Podcast: These bi-weekly podcasts from author and entrepreneur Joanna Penn feature interviews, inspiration and information on writing, publishing options and book marketing.
  • I Should Be Writing: Author and editor Mur Lafferty hosts “I Should Be Writing,” focusing on the emotional road blocks that get in the way of a writing career. Winner of the Podcast Peer Award and the Parsec Award, this is a show about a writer going from wanna-be to pro. It reaches over 8000 listeners every week and features interviews and how-tos.

Paid Guest Posting for Authors and Writers

Paid Guest Posting for Writers:

To give you a jump start on growing your audience, I’ve compiled a high-quality list for you. These blogs all accept guest posts and pay about $50 for posts. A guest post is a non-contractual appearance on a site. All of these sites are looking for guest writers and freelancers to enrich their sites, and I want to share these opportunities just for you.

  • Funds for Writers publish a weekly newsletter that showcases paying markets, grants, contests, and other opportunities to make money with writing. They’re looking for original articles about any sort of financial tips or paying markets for writers. For a 500-600 word article, they pay $50 if by PayPal and $45 if by check. For reprints, they pay $15 if by PayPal and $10 if by check. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  • Write Naked is a writing blog focused on the “writing life cut open.” They accept queries for guest posts that discuss the freelance writing life, from publishing trends to a day in the life of a writer. They pay $50 per guest post; however, if they are “particularly impressed” with a post, they’ll pay $200. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  • Make a Living Writing helps writers all over the world find real success in their careers. They accept queries for guest posts that provide “firsthand, practical advice” to freelance writers. In order to query, you must either be a current or former member of the Freelance Writers’ Den or a student or graduate of Jon Morrow’s blog mentoring program. However, they do run open pitch periods. They pay $50 per guest post. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  • Writers Weekly publishes articles that help writers increase their income. They accept queries for guest posts that focus on selling the written word. They pay $60 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Resources like the one’s listed above can literally be the catalyst for amazing writing. This is definitely a goldmine in author resources.

the best Writing Grants

Writing Grants:

Grants are the free money everyone wants. Here you’ll find grants that cover a simple conference fee or a six-month retreat to write and get away from it all. Some pay for specifically designed projects and others exercise your ability to match writing with a social cause.

go to http://fundsforwriters.com/grants/

Get Motivated to Maintain a Writing Schedule:

I want to briefly touch on the importance of maintaining a strict writing schedule. Nothing beats doing the work. Writing almost every day at a set time will catapult your writing capabilities to new heights, especially when practiced in conjunction with your new writing resources. If you are of the mind to write a best-seller, this practice is a must. There is no better way to improve upon your skill than the simple act of practice. Masters become masters through many hours of practice. Do you want to be seen as an amateur or a master of storytelling? It’s up to you. Start writing every day and incorporating the skills you are learning, you will be thankful you did.


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