Monday, January 11, 2021

Become a Better Writer With These 20 Writing Exercises

Writing exercises are designed to bring out our dormant creativity.  Use these exercises to hone your skills and explore new writing frontiers.  It doesn't matter what kind of a writer you are, storyteller, essayist, fiction writer or nonfiction writer, all of these exercises will reactivate your creative juices as well as improve your abilities as a writer.

1. Watch and Examine

Look at your favourite view, and write about it.  Imagine someone with the opposite personality to yours and write about them.

Think about all the people you bump into or see on a regular basis throughout the day.  Picture them in a murder mystery or fantasy story. 

Monday, January 04, 2021

How Writers Can Vanquish Negativity

Writing is a hard game to be in at the best of times, and more often than not you're going to get unkind or negative comments or reviews.  Negativity is the last thing you want to show up in your writing, so keeping yourself neutral and away from any kind of negativity can be really difficult.

External voices should be carefully filtered when it comes to writing, allowing them into your life can really make you feel low.

Even though writing communities are considered a good thing these days, it's like most things in life, any community you decide to join should be carefully vetted, for excessive cases of negativity.

Which is why it's important to use your own judgement when approaching this kind of group, because  not all groups are created equal.  You may also end up in a group filled with envy and bad information, which is a recipe for disaster.  Best advice is to tread carefully, and don't show your cards too soon.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Self-Publishing an Ebook, What You Need to Know

Once you've created your ebook you're going to have to decide where you want to sell your ebook.

So Why Self-Publish an Ebook?

Print books are usually the first thoughts most writers have when they think about creating a book and putting into print or in digital format.  But in the digital age ebooks are just as big as print ones and another source of income for any kind of writer.

This is why:

1. Indie Authors or Self-Publishers Make Most of Their Money From Ebooks

With no shipping or printing, ebooks are more profitable, and more attainable than paperbacks.  And plus you're missing out on valuable revenue if you don't publish digital books. 

Monday, December 21, 2020

62 Motivational Tips to Get You Writing

As any writer knows, staying constantly inspired is a job in itself.  Always in awe of the writers who've achieved the dizzy heights of success with mountains of books to show for it, when you're struggling to write just one book.

How do you keep the momentum going, and the fountains of inspiration flowing, to reach your dream of being a successful writer just like them?

All writers suffer from writer's block at some point.  Of knowing the fountain of ideas has dried up.  They start looking for inspiration just like you. 

This is why you need to learn how to have a steady flow of ideas and ways to keep you inspired.

Here are 62 ways to stay motivated when you write:

Monday, December 14, 2020

How to Make 2000 Words a Day a Habit

Writing 2000 words on a keyboard takes a lot longer than transferring those thoughts into dictation.  And even longer if you're writing them out by hand on paper.

But we're going to look at typing them out on your computer screen.

Once you get a grasp of the principles of writing, you can master the process and learn how to speed it up.

Here are some techniques to help you write 2000 words a day.Takes Notes Like a Crazy Person, and Mind Map

I love learning about new things, ideas, ways to improve my life, and so I'm constantly taking notes.  Writing things down so that I don't forget, or bookmarking for later.  

I have a Fire tablet, and laptop and use both of those alongside my writing, and would be lost without them.

All the time spent pouring over information, articles and blog posts goes into the books I write and blog posts I publish.  Writing requires oodles of information, and mind mapping.

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind mapping is a tool for the brain that captures the thinking that goes on inside your head.   Mind mapping helps you think, collect knowledge, remember and create ideas.  In the long term it will make you a better thinker. (Excerpt from simplemind.eu).