9 Unique Gifts for Writers

If you're looking for gifts for friends or family that love to write.  Look no further.

Check out some really unique gifts below:

1. Asus Transformer Mini 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop

Asus Transformer Mini

This versatile device includes Windows 10, one-touch login and all day battery life. Great for those long plane or train journeys when you want to write notes and ideas for a manuscript.

2. Microsoft Ergonomic Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse

Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop Keyboard and Mouse

A keyboard that mimics the curved shape of the fingertips, helps maintain correct ergonomic hand and wrist position.

3. Wacom Bamboo Slate Smart Pad

Wacom Bamboo Slate Smart Pad
Digitize your notes with touch of a button.  Enhance, edit and store your notes on your IOS or Android device with Bluetooth.

4. Moleskine Ruled Reporter Notebook

Moleskine Reporter Notepad

Every writer needs a really good notebook to slip into a bag or jacket pocket.  For all of those interesting things you want to make note of..

5. Writeway Professional Edition

Writeway Professional Edition
Since its launch in 2003 has been helping all writers from basic hobbyists, aspiring authors to New York Times bestsellers.  From concept and characters right through to your completed manuscript.

6. 1 Page at a Time

1 Page at a Time
Step away from the internet, you'd be surprised at what you can achieve.  With 365 prompts you'll find no end of encouragement for your writing.

7. Writer's "Go Away I'm Writing" Heat Sensitive Coffee Mug

Heat Sensitive Coffee Mug
Start off the day in a quirky and playful way.  Enjoy your coffee in a heat reactive colour changing coffee mug.

8. Rocketbook Smart Notebook

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
The world's first smart, microwave to erase and re-use notebook.  With the freedom of a traditional pen and paper notebook The Rocket Notebook will instantly blast your notes into the Cloud using your smartphone.  Re-use your notebook and erase your notes using your microwave.

9. Edgar Allen Poe Coffee Mug

Edgar Allan Poe Coffee Mug

Quotes and images from the great writer.

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The Problem Self Publishing With Amazon [Update]

This is an update on my last blog post about selling your ebooks through Amazon Kindle.

I got my reply back from Amazon, fortunately I'm able to sell on all of my other platforms such as Payhip and Barnes and Noble and pretty soon Kobo.

I'd recommend any writer's to do the same and cast their nets really wide when it comes to selling their eBooks.  After all you want your books to reach as many people as possible.   May be Amazon will change their policy of automatically entering all publishers into KDP Select and allow them the opportunity to choose.  Check out my blog posts on selling your eBooks:
These days everything is down to money, unfortunately, so everywhere you turn there's usually a catch of some kind.  But if you don't ask you don't get anywhere.

You can check some of my other blog posts about creating, editing and selling your ebooks:


Best Blogging Platform: What Are the Options?

It can easily be said that everyone has a book in them.  Of course these days its easy to post infinite amounts of comments and tweets on Facebook and Twitter.  Fortunately there are also plenty of people who still have a desire for more mindful writing, and to share it with the rest of the world.

Blogging for many people is more than just posting a few pictures or writing the odd blog post.  It's a way of life and business for many.  You'll want to have a blogging platform that's easy to use and fits in with your budget.

If you already know the difference between free hosted blogs and self hosted blogs you might want to skip this section and check out my Start a Blog page, otherwise sit back and I'll guide you through your blog platform options:

Free Hosted Blogging Platforms

It pretty much is what it says it is, a free blogging platform.  You open a free account, get a domain name (www.example.blogspot.com) and start your website.

Your websites files are stored or hosted on your chosen platform servers.

  • No start up costs
  • Little knowledge required when starting your blog
  • If you choose not pay for a domain name you'll continue with www.example.blogspot.com
  • Less website capability
  • Free blogs can appear less professional
  • Limited bandwidth, memory space and video time
  • May limit your advertising options, making it harder to make money
Cost Involved

A free blog can stay completely free providing you don't mind having Blogger or Wordpress in yur domain name.  Otherwise you can buy a domain name for as little as $10 a year.

Free blogging platforms are perfect for first time bloggers or those on a tight budget who want a cheaper option.

Here are four of the biggest free blogging platforms:

I highly recommend Blogger, I've been using it myself for a long time, for this blog and many other's I've created in the past.  Sign in with your Google ID and start your blog in minutes.  These days you can customise it with various themes or even create your own them.

Powering a fifth of the internet its easy to see why Wordpress.com is widely used.  Create a blog for free, customise it, quick to install in a single-click.

New bloggers may find it a bit perplexing , but its still an option worth trying out.

3. Tumblr

Tumblr can often feel half-way between Twitter and Wordpress, with its strong social undercurrent.

Good mobile apps make it easy to submit content to a Tumblr blog from anywhere.

4. Weebly

Weebly sees itself as more of a website building system with drag-and-drop components.  It does offer blogging as part of the system.  You get customisable themes, layouts and sharing features.

Self-Hosted Blogging Platforms

A self-hosted blog is located on your own server, most people prefer to pay a third-party to host their blog, opening them up to all kinds of perks.  Websites such as Hostgator and Bluehost are among the most popular companies providing hosting services.  Basically these companies rent out digital storage space to users, making running a website possible.

  • Full control over your blog
  • You can install custom themes to brand your blog
  • Access to backed files, making it easier to make necessary code changes
  • Costs only a few dollars a month
  • Requires basic investment
  • Can be intimidating to new bloggers
Cost Involved

Any photos, domain names, themes you add to your purchase will go to your costs.  Self-hosting can cost around $4 a month.  Plugins may also cost a few extra dollars.

Self-hosted blogs are best suited for businesses or individuals who want to improve the appearance of their blog and boost its functionality.

Hostgator vs Bluehost

Hostgator and Bluehost are the two most affordable web hosts around.

Check out the comparison below of Hostgator and Bluehost that will help you decide when purchasing your webhosting for your blog.


Both offer 1-3 year plans.  Bluehost requires a 1 year commitment, Hostgator clients have the pay monthly option.

Winner: Bluehost

Plan Type

Yearly plans are offered by Hostgator and Bluehost.  Hostgator offers monthly options as well.  PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

Winner: Hostgator

Bandwidth and Disk Space

Bandwidth is the capability to transfer data.  It's used when visitor's navigate your site.  Both companies offer unlimited bandwidth ensuring unrestricted access to your blog.

Disk space is the storage capacity of the hard drive.  Your data, images, videos and emails are all stored here.  Unlimited disk space is included in Hostgator and Bluehost hosting plans.

Winner: Tie Hostgator   Bluehost

Free Domain Name

Bluehost offer a free domain name for one year, with 1 and 2 year hosting plans.  Free domain registration is not included with any of Hostgator's plans.

Winner: Bluehost

Automated Backups

A crucial part of the automating process is file and database backup.  Performed on a regular basis. Bluehost include automated weekly backups at no extra charge.  Hostgator charge $15 to restore an automated backup.  Manual backups can be performed (at no cost) via cPanel with both providers.

Winner: Bluehost

Account Set Up

Both Hostgator and Bluehost will set up your domain and server once you've signed up.  So you can start on your website right away.

Winner:  Tie  Hostgator   Bluehost

24 Hour Technical Support

24/7 technical support is included with all Hostgator and Bluehost plans.  Including phone, emails and chat support every day of the year.

Winner: Tie Hostgator   Bluehost

Money Back Guarantee

Hostgator offers a 45-day money back guarantee.  Bluehost offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all plans, pro-rated for the first month.

Winner:  Hostgator

The Outcome

So there it is, both providers offer value for money.  With the above rating scores Bluehost is the winner, but it is pretty close.

Visit Bluehost.com                            Visit Hostgator.com

Read more about Blogging: How to Effectively Monetize Your Blog[Blogging for Beginners] To Host or Not to Self Host?How to Start a Blogger Blog and Make Money

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The Problem Self Publishing With Amazon

I published my first eBook in March 2015 on Amazon, thinking it was a great idea.

Little did I know that in doing so I wouldn't be able to sell it anywhere else.

You see that's the problem, for anyone out there trying to make a living from selling their own eBooks you need to find your audience and spread your net wide at the same time.

The Biggest Problem Selling Your eBook Through Amazon

When you sign up to Kindle Direct Publishing, your automatically put on their select program which seems wonderful.  All of those customers at your fingertips through Amazon.  If only it could be that simple.  You'll notice when you start inputting your eBooks details that at the very top of the page is a box with a tick in to include you on the Kindle Select program.

I recently decided to put my eBooks back on Amazon, so I unticked that box thinking it would take me off their select program and able to sell them anywhere I wanted (including my own website).
I was wrong, Even though I'd taken the decision to untick that box Amazon still put me on its select program.

Where Does That Leave Me?

That's a good question, because where does that leave anyone who has a blog of their own and wants to reach out to as many customers as possible?

As a writer I love the freedom of having my own platform to sell on as well as other companies to sell from.  I don't mind taking 70% royalties, but what I do mind is the fact that I've been mislead by Amazon in thinking that I can untick a box and be automatically taken off a program I didn't want to be on in the first place.

By Saturday 26th November I'll find out if Amazon will allow me to sell my ebooks with them and on other platforms.

This is a subject I'll continue to cover throughout my blog.  I'd love to hear if anyone else has had any problems with Amazon or any other publishing platform.

Read More About Self-Publishing: A Bloggers Guide: My Experience  so far Selling eBooks OnlineHow to Self-Publish on Kindle: 3 Simple Steps to to Publish Your eBook


Pricing Your eBook: 5 Amazing Tips on How to Price Your eBook

These days its unheard of charging $60 or $70 for an eBook.

Even charging $25 for really good content could raise a few eye-browse.  Times are hard and money can be pretty tight so who's going to buy a $25 eBook?

Not many people I'm guessing.

eBooks Can be Too Cheap

Most people opt for the $0.99, pricing their own eBooks too cheaply.

On Amazon.com, for example, you can find eBooks ranging from $0.99 to $20 and more.

Often eBooks priced lower contain more value than eBooks priced at $10 and over.

In this age of technology eBooks cost nothing to write unlike a paperback book which requires a publishing house.

When you publish an eBook you have no printing costs, publishing fees, postage or packaging costs to worry about.

With a basic laptop or PC anyone can write an eBook.

So bearing all that in mind the list below will help to decide on how to price your eBook productively.

1. eBook Production Cost

If you've paid someone else to write, proofread or create an eBook cover design you need to factor that into your pricing.

If you've written and created your eBook from start to finish, without outsourcing, you'll not acquire any costs.  The price you choose to sell your eBook at would be all profit.

2. Quality and Length of Content

How long is your eBook?  If it is 20 pages or less it may be more sensible to price it more affordably may be up to $3 or $4.  If you've written over 70 pages it might be worth a bit more, so about $5 to $10.

Don't think that it lessens the quality and value your eBook provides if its only around 20 pages.

3.  Value and Uniqueness of Content

Does Your eBook Stand-Out From the Crowd?

If your eBook is solving a problem, this is seen as something valuable.  Particularly if it offers a unique perspective, your thoughts, knowledge and insight on a particular subject can add value.

4. Cost of Selling Your eBook

If you're selling your eBook independently through your own website via a platform such as Payhip or Selz the costs incurred are usually pretty small.

Using a third party ecommerce platform such as ejunkie, ClickBank etc your fees will be a bit more.  These fees need to be taken into consideration when pricing your eBook.

5. Your First eBook?

If this is your first eBook, or even the last eBook you wrote.  Was it received well? Did you make any money?

Trust is something that is built-up with your audience over time.  People need to know what you're about before they start buying.

I've priced my eBooks high and low, discovering that the $2.99 mark seems to suit my eBook price.

Quick Summary -
  • Recognise how much your eBook cost to create.
  • Recognise your eBooks value and uniqueness to your target audience.
  • Recognise how much content you've written for your eBook.
  • Recognise how much your eBook is going to cost to sell.
  • Recognise whether you've done your research well enough.

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Become a Better Writer: Dealing with Criticism in 4 Steps

Writing is a process that is both intimate and solitary, receiving any feedback from other people can be extremely stressful at times.

It doesn't matter the size of the project undertaken, receiving any negative criticism can feel painful.

In the long good and bad feedback are a process all writer's need, but dealing with that criticism and becoming a better writer because of it is what I want to touch on today.

Best Place to Start is Changing Your Mindset

Don't look at negative reactions as a reflection on you, see it as an opportunity to be a better writer.

It's not easy giving back thoughtful criticism and being able articulate your thoughts in such a way as to help the writer.

Step 1: Collect Your Thoughts, When Words Sting

All natural responses are okay this includes anger, frustration and guilt.  Don't let any of those emotions guide your response.

Instead take a deep breath, collect your thoughts.  Have a walk, call family or friends, anything that can distract you in that moment.  Helping you to clear your head and give a measured response.

Step 2: Analyse Your Source

Don't take your feedback to heart because people are people at the end of the day.

The more time you spend writing the stronger your personal rudder will become, helping you to self-edit and navigate through comments good and bad.

Step 3: Identify What You're Being Told

After you've cooled down go back over your feedback and recognize what you're being told.

Are you being to clumsy with your topic? Is there a problem with your story, prose or characters?

At first glance it may look like everything is wrong, but when you start to identify the problem it may be one or two small things that need changing.

Step 4: Seek Clarification

Once you understand the feedback, send an email summarizing the changes required or talk it over on the phone.

Read More About Writing: How to Write Like a Writer Everyday, If You Feel Like it or Not, A Quick Guide to Improve Your Research Skills and Write Accurately


Beginners Guide to Blogging: 7 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Use Bluehost

If you're scouting around for a web hosting company, look not further than Bluehost.

Currently hosting over 1.9 million websites its one of the internets most trusted self hosting companies.

With its affordable pricing, offering some of the best features it really stands out from the current competition.

Note: If you want to give Bluehost a shot, you can start a website for just $3.49 with a 30 day month back guarantee!

Discover 7 awesome reasons why you should give Bluehost a try:

1. Unlimited Bandwidth and Branded Email

Bluehost provides you with unlimited bandwidth allowing you to store as much information or data as you want.

With every Bluehost account sign up you get free business emails, no more paying for services such as Google Apps.  With Bluehost you save extra money.

2. Convenient Dashboard

If you're not tech savvy, no worries, its easy-to-use dashboard allows you to navigate and brows your account with ease.  Any problems chat support is always available.

3. Guaranteed 99.9% Uptime

You can be assured that your website will always be up and running.  Seldom do Bluehost have any technical issues.  Your website is available 24/7 with Bluehost's 99.9% uptime guarantee.

4.  Discounts and Freebies

You can expect lots of exciting surprises once you sign up with Bluehost.  Most noted freebies include free branded emails and free domain name.  Bluehost show their appreciation for long stays by offering ongoing discounts and freebies to their customers.

5. Dependable

One of the fastest web hosting services Bluehost has a world-class data centre.  With a recorded customer account of 1.9 million websites, their growth will continue in the year's ahead.

6.  24/7 Customer Support

Customer support is vital to any blogger or website owner, with Bluehosts web application that is always available to assist all of its users.  Customer Support will deal with all of your questions and concerns. Ping them once and they'll be on hand to answer your query.

7.  Affordable Pricing

Bluehost is hard beat when it comes to its features and pricing.  See below:

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Quick Guide to Writing 2000 Words a Day

I decided fairly recently that I really needed to set myself a new goal.  Something that would both encourage me and motivate me more.

That's when I came up with writing 2000 words a day, as a start and something  I could build on as times goes by.

I want to motivate anyone who reads my blog to put away all excuses and start writing more.  Even if its 500 words a day, that's a good start and something you can build up gradually.

You could use it to write your daily journal, your dreams, your plans or even that novel you've been wanting to write.

If you feel yourself opposing those words as you read them, welcome to the Writing Resistance Syndrome club!  You're probably thinking you have to take care of the kids: you have a job; you have the dinner to make: you need to check on your social media.

I don't have kids or any pets, but I do have responsibilities I need to take care of during the day.  Don't think that every day is productive for me, because it can be anything but.  It's easy to waste time when you have devices and the TV at your fingertips.

Inside you head you probably think you can write page after page, but you discover the reality is very different.

So how to you write more than 2000 words a day when every fiber of your being is telling you to resist?

Things you don't need to worry about:
  • You don't need to worry about distraction.
  • You don't need to rent a cabin in the woods.
  • You don't need to cut off the internet.  That's insane!
  • You don't need to bury your iPhone.
1. Writer's Block is a Myth

Everyone gets tired and finds writing difficult, it doesn't make it a block.  If your mind is blank in a particular topic try something else.  Don't worry if your writing is rubbish, write anyway.  Be more creative if you can't think of a single word, don't restrain yourself.  Read books, take a walk.  Never say its writer's block.  By giving this myth power you've destroyed your ability to write consistently.

2. Don't Stop the Writing Flow

When you start writing your inner writing voice comes out, it can seem a little faint sometimes but it's there.  When you're in full writing flow don't interrupt it.  Don't take a break until its finished its say. The more you write the more you'll hear it.  You can take your breaks, be distracted, but don't do it when the writing voice is in its flow.

3. Don't Go to Bed Until You've Written 2000 Words

This gives you a full day, but make sure you get 2000 words in!  If your favourite TV soap or drama series is on, make sure you write 2000 words.  Keep telling yourself you will get those 2000 words a day done, and don't take no for an answer.

Read More About Writing: Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Online ArticlesQuick Guide to Writing 2,000 Words a Day.

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5 Amazing Blogging Insights Your Analytics Can Tell You

If you're a regular blogger or even a newbie you may  be surprised at the information your blog holds and just how beneficial this can be for you.

If you're getting regular traffic from routinely posting on the web, chances are you're sitting on a goldmine of information.  Did you know that you can leverage all that data and collect valuable insights and improve your blog content?  All you need to know is how to use it to your advantage!

Let's start by breaking down each individual blog metric so you can start making improvements to your blog to gain even more traffic.


1.  Bounce Rate

Bounce rate will tell you how often visitors leave your blog without visiting other pages on your blog. This is a great indicator of the quality of your content, but can also be used to draw your visitors to a CTA (call to action) at the end of your post.

Of course your blog could be doing the opposite and making people leave to visit other similar websites.  If this is the cast you'll definitely want to make sure your blog posts are of the highest quality.  You may want to try implementing a popular post widget in your blog side bar to showcase your best performing posts.  This allows visitors to choose a post that caters to their individual needs and helps them to stick around a little longer.

2. Subscriber Count

Your RSS subscriber count can tell you how much your readership is growing over time.  This can also indicate how many people are reading your blog posts regularly.  These readers are more likely to spread around your blog post links and share them within their own network.  Always make sure your email and RSS subscriber widgets are displayed at the top of your blog post in the side bar to encourage new visitors.

3. Views/Traffic

You can gain an overall understanding of how popular your blog really is and how much traction its gaining over time through your blogs traffic and views.  You can also discover some slightly less obvious points such as how many views you're getting with individual blog posts, and how you audience responds to your chosen topics.

You'll also discover the topics that aren't doing so well.  This means your audience doesn't see these as being important when they visit your blog.  You may want to try publishing more on your most popular topic and less on the others.  Look at which titles are getting the most views and you'll see how you can structure your other blog post titles along the same lines.

4. Referral Sources

Your blogs referral sources will tell you which websites are referring traffic to your blog.  You can use this information to identify your blog's visibility and help diagnose why you may have low traffic to your blog.  You'll also discover if you're getting traffic organically or from social media sites.

Use keywords to optimise your blog content and target your audience so it gets found in search engines.  Discover which sites give you the most traffic and ramp up your promotion.

5. Inbound Links

The links you receive from other websites can tell you how authoritative your blog is.  Your inbound links can show you how effectively your blog is contributing to your websites overall SEO, because inbound links re one of the most powerful factors  impacting search engine optimisation.  Inbound links will also help identify your blog's top content.

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Blog Your Way to Success: Best 7 Udemy Blogging Courses

Do you dream of working from home?  Do you need to make an extra income but not sure how to go about doing it?  It's easier than you might think, there's so much information on the internet to go through about how to do it correctly.

Have a look at these 7 courses from Udemy.  They're chosen based on their overall rating they've received on Udemy's blogging search results and categories:

12016 Blog Blueprint: How to Turn Blogging into a Career by Daniel Boehm

Most courses show you how to set up a website or how to write good content.  They don't take you all the way.

This course will show you:
  • How to set up the perfect blog for under $10
  • How to create irresistible content
  • Monetisation techniques
  • How to generate a massive audience with a 2 part system designed specifically for bloggers
2. Blogging to Freedom: Create Your Independence with Blogging by Kraig Mathias

Kraig Mathias is a successful blogger who earns $60,000 a year from his blog.

This course is will help you set up your own blogging platform, customize it, make it awesome and help you connect with other like-minded people in your niche.

This course is not for the person who wants to make a quick buck in the short term, or willing to stick it out for the long haul.

3. 7 Steps to Blogging Mastery by Jeff Bulas

Jeff Bulas is a successful blogger who receives 5 million visitors a year to his blog.

His course will teach you the core skills you need to become a master blogger on the social web.

You'll learn how to build a digital platform that can take you new heights of creativity, global engagement and business opportunity. 

This course was created by Jason Matthews best selling author and self publishing expert.

Perfect for both beginners and intermediates who want to start an author platform on a budget. 

5. Blogging for Business by Stephen Beak

This course will teach you how to create a successful blog with the specific intention of turning it into a business.

You'll learn how to target particular keywords within an industry, and make sure you're using the correct keywords not only for high traffic volumes but also the more expensive keywords for advertisers. 

Do you have a business mindset? Not a great writer?

Profitable Blogging will show you how to start and run a blog without writing. 

We're exposed to 4,500 marketing messages a day, which means the market is already pretty crowded.

You need to stand out from the crowd.  Learn from the experts how to use a blog to break through the noise.

Discover how to:
  • Create a product your target will naturally gravitate towards
  • Identify the people who are automatically attracted to your message
  • Create raving fans that will spend money and spread the words about you
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Delectable List of Impressive & Creative Power Words for Headline Grabbing Blog Content

A blog without words is like a sandwich without butter. It doesn't matter if you're using emotional, strong or short powerful phrases they all hold meaning.  How you use them and what you use those words for can help you sell more and gain more readers.

I'm going to show below a list of the most powerful words you can use when you blog.

Let's consider something that's prestigious or exclusive:
  • Insider
  • Trending
  • Rare
  • Sneak peak
  • Undiscovered
  • Glamorous
  • Luxurious
  • Expensive
  • Secret
  • Elite
  • Ridiculous
  • Hilarious
  • Profound
  • Heartwarming
  • Amazing
If you're looking to excite your readers use these words:
  • Engaging
  • Riveting
  • Thrilling
  • Intriguing
  • Captivating
You want to write with some authority and power:
  • Guaranteed
  • Definitive
  • Comprehensive
  • Validation
  • Ironclad
  • Legitimate
  • All inclusive
  • Absolute
  • Surefire 
  • Documented
If you're writing about how someone should proceed in your blog, use these words:
  • Caution
  • Emergency
  • Recession
  • Provoke
  • Scared
  • Catastrophe
  • Shocking
  • Terrifying
You're writing about money:
  • Unlimited
  • Cheap
  • Profitable
  • Forever
  • Instant
  • Immediately
  • Promotion
  • Triple
  • Double
  • Now
Your blog post us talking about being out of control, try these words:
  • Agonizing
  • Painful
  • Deadly
  • Lunatic
  • Frenzy
  • Hateful
  • Treacherous
  • Uncontrollable
  • Insane
  • Vicious
You're writing about something that's memorable or cool:
  • Legendary
  • Exquisite
  • Explosive
  • Spell binding
  • Brilliant
  • Epic
  • Awesome
  • Triumph
  • Astonishing
  • Astounding
When we start out writing we never think of using interesting words to make our message connect with our audience.  Hopefully these words can help you connect better with your blog audience and keep your readers coming back for more.

Using exciting words means you have something interesting to give back to your audience.  Use words and phrases that really keep your audience glued to their seats.  Powerful words and phrases that pack a real punch while you convey your message.

Here are some more interesting words, cool and descriptive that you should use when you're writing:
  • Launching
  • Miraculous
  • Breakthrough
  • Valuable
  • Domination
  • Fantastic
  • Stunned
  • Tenacious
  • Sensational
  • Captivated
  • Mesmerised
  • Vigorous
  • Generous
  • Productive
  • Proven
  • Energised
  • Inspirational
  • Innovative
  • Accelerate
  • Enormous
  • Authentic
  • Effortless
  • Epidemic
  • Warning
  • Practical
  • Looming
Many blogger's overlook the power of words in their own blog's.  Using generic boring words can leave your readers bored and looking for something more interesting to read.  A simple word can invoke emotion in your reader, so using powerful words all of the time will keep your readers hooked.  Try it and find out how much it'll change your writing.

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How to Write Like a Writer Everyday, If You Feel Like it or Not

It's true that in order to be a writer you need to write frequently, everyday if possible.  Most people have pretty full lives with other obligations including day jobs and family that can get in the way of doing it on a daily basis.

As a writer I've learned it's not essential to write everyday, instead its necessary to think like a writer everyday and open your eyes to the world around you and drink it all in.

Below are a few tips with prompts to help you to write everyday. even when time is short.

Look Around You

These days our time is easily taken up with tablets and mobile phones instead of seeing what's going on around you.  So put your mobile phone and tablet away and open your eyes.  Look around you instead.

PROMPT: Use the time you spend standing in line to look around you.  Take some mental notes and start fleshing out a character for a story. Begin taking mental notes then write them down as soon as you can.

Tune into the World Around You

We're accustomed to shutting out the world around us.  Unfortunately we miss out on the interesting parts of life. Try opening your ears to hear what's going on around you, use it to launch a new writing project.

PROMPT: Just like the prompt above, the next time you're stuck in a cue somewhere pick a snippet of dialogue and write it down.  Use your imagination and build on it for a story.

Carry a Notebook and Pen

A simple enough thing to do is to keep a notebook and pen on your person, or if you feel the need you can use your mobile phone to take notes, but stay clear of your social media and emails because they'll just distract you.  Write down all the interesting stuff going on around you when you're out and about.

PROMPT: Make note of the last interesting thing you overheard.  Use it in a scene as a conversation.

Start Daydreaming

It's so easy for self-doubt to slowly start creeping into your life when your writing.  Often all it takes is a little imagination and seeing the finish line ahead of you.  See it and make it happen.

PROMPT:  Review your own work as you would like the piece to be.  Use it as inspiration as you write your story.

Embrace the Chaos of Life

As a writer you can quite easily feel like taking on the world sometimes, but in doing so you start putting more pressure on yourself.  Your writing can start to overwhelm you.  Being a writer means accepting we can't do everything.  Instead try embracing the chaos of your life and remember its what bring you your best material.

PROMPT: Make a note of what you want to accomplish with your writing this week.  If things didn't turn how you hoped change it accordingly. If everything went well create a new goal and go on from there.

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Publishing an eBook: Resources for Authors

When it comes to publishing an eBook, one thing you can always be sure of are the ever changing market and services, amongst other things, that can change on an almost yearly basis.  I've brought together all of the great resources I know to help you keep up with the changes in the industry.

Outstanding Book Guides

Getting Started

Marketing and Promotion

eBook Formatting Tools

Ebook Retailers and Distributors

If you want to sell your books independently read How to Sell Your eBook Directly with Payhip.

eBook Publishing Bloggers

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Successful Blogging: How to Create a Niche

If you're considering starting a blog you have the first step sorted.

The next step is deciding what your blog will be about.  You could always start a blog about everything, problem is they can be a little confusing with so many topics, as well as confusing to your readers and often not as successful.

Why do we surf the internet? To solve a problem, if you're looking for a particular book to read, or how to do some DIY, it's all online at your fingertips.

That's why blogs on a particular genre are so popular.  With a niche blog you can target your audience and also encourage them to come back for more.

So how do you "find your niche?".  Explore the tips below:

Niche Creation

Deciding on our blog niche is part of being a successful blogger.  Often this can happen over time, it's half the battle when you're figuring out the important elements of your blog, for example:
  • Blog Name.  When I started this blog I knew exactly what subject I was going to tackle for my blog, hence the name 1976write.  By putting "write" in the title and "Discover the Writer in You" it's helpful to both search engines and readers alike.
  • Blog Content.  Once you know your niche you can then start thinking about what your potential audience might expect from your blog.
  • Blog Design.  A blog directed at students is going to be different than a design aimed at children.
Advantages of Creating a Niche for Your Blog

Creating a niche for your blog will benefit you and your readers in the long term.

Once you know which direction your blog is going you can slowly start to build a community of readers who will regularly stop by your blog and read your content.  You'll discover that these readers are the backbone of any successful blog and are of great importance to you.  You can gain regular readers through excellent content that has a focus.

Having a focus or niche is easier for bloggers to provide good quality content for their readers.  With a niche you'll discover how your writing will develop and evolve over time.

Read More About Blogging: The 50 Million Dollar Question, How do I Get Traffic to My Blog?A Brief Note Before You Start Your Blog

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Beginner's Guide: Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

Do you dream of writing blog posts that are irresistible to your readers?

Practice makes perfect, so they say.

That sounds great, but why does it take so long?

In the mean time I've got a quick list of fast tips that will help improve your writing immediately.  No need to practice, practice, practice.

Keep Your Sentences "Short and Sweet"

That's your sentence length not your writing.

An interesting thought, people read long sentences pretty fast.  That's not what you want your reader's to be doing.  Your readers need to be able to understand and absorb the message your putting over.

So keep it short, your page layout doesn't need to be full length, and use plenty of paragraph breaks.

Using between 45 - 100 characters for reader comfort.

Keep it to the Point

Make it readable, easy-to-read for your followers.  Avoid long, confusing and complex sentences.

Often the longer you write, the less you hold your readers' attention.

Say it simply in a few words.  Keep it short, lean and clear so you're not wasting words.

3 is the Magic Number

We humans can only store 7 bits of information at a time.  Anything around about that number or less is a good place to start.

Especially if you have 3 strategies, 3 steps or 3 bullet points.  So use 3 as often as you can.

In doing so you'll improve your readers' ability to remember what you've written and keep their interest.  This is because we put information into groups of three, in order to recall it more easily.

Pay Attention to Your Writing Tone

As a writer you assume that all your readers can pick up on your tone.

That's easier said than done.

You want them to see what the intent is in your writing.


Sweetheart, please.

Does this sound like I'm rolling my eyes and annoyed? Gently teasing? Being sarcastic?

You have no idea as a reader unless the words around that phrase cue you into my written tone.

Make it Easy

Forget long winded, chunky paragraphs.

Make your work easy to read.  The simpler it is the more people will understand and enjoy what you've written.

Reading from a tablet or computer screen can be tiring.  So keep it straight forward, simple and less of a strain.
  • Keep your sentences short and to the point
  • Add bullet points and subheadings to guide people
  • Make your font size clear and legible so that your reader has no need to strain their eyes
Keep on Topic

I do this myself sometimes and have to make sure I don't wander away from what my main point is.

By adding lot's of points readers get lost off and confused.

Try building an outline.  From there you can decide on three main points you want to get across.  Always make sure each point ties in with what you're writing about.

So there it is.  A quick guide to becoming a better writer.

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27 Places to Boost Your Blog Traffic

So you've created your website, you know that promoting your website is critical to your success.

If you're a newbie with no experience of blog promotion you're probably feeling a bit baffled as to where you should promote your blog.  Chill out and relax, website promotion is pretty simple and can be done without spending a single cent!

A little time and effort can help you to attract traffic to your blog. Check out the steps below to promote your website:

1.  Make Sure Search Engines Know Where You Are

If you're a regular internet user you'll probably already know that the majority of traffic for most websites comes from search engines.  Making search engines the first place to start promoting your blog.  To do this you submit your link directly to them .

The search engines that generate the most  traffic are:

I've also included a couple of extra places to add your website

2. Add Your Blog to Online Directories

Online directories provide most blogs with potential clients are customers.  It also helps to improve your site's SEO by linking back to your website.

3. Try Social Link Building

Millions of people use popular social sites to put forward their blogs and businesses to gain quality backlink, exposing your blog to a wider audience.

4. Photo Sharing Social Media Sites

Very much like social network sites, photo sharing sites allow you to display images that relate to your blog.  Anyone can use these sites to post images of their blog activities, news and everything in between.