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7 Tips to Help Writers Gain Attention in the World of Fiction

Today’s guest blog post is by author and writing instructor Joan Curtis:

If you aspire to be a fiction writer and think all you have to do is sit down at your computer and create, you will be very disappointed. Most writers eventually want to publish their work. They want family, friends, and others to read what they’ve created.

Admittedly, when I wrote my first novel (which I now call my practice novel), my main goal was to see if I could actually write one. That in and of itself is a lofty goal. Once I realized I could write a novel, my next goal was to write a novel that could be published. That led me down a totally different path. I had to learn more about the craft of writing, and I had to learn more about the world of publishing. Continue Reading…

How Small Projects Can Keep You Rolling in the Dry Spells

Today’s guest post is by author Sarah Allen:

Whether we’re between novels or slogging through the slow middle of our work-in-progress, all writers go through periods of feeling creatively weighed down. Some writers go through weeks or even months when every word of their novel feels like it’s been wrung from a dry sponge. It can be heartbreaking when these heavyweight projects—into which we’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears—seem to be absolutely unwilling to cooperate. Continue Reading…

Why You Shouldn’t Say “Boo” to Being a Ghostwriter

Today’s guest post is by author Cari Bennette:

In the pursuit of their writing careers, many writers disregard the option of ghostwriting because it may seem to offer less status or nobility than other forms of writing. In fact, ghostwriting can be a serious and inspiring profession with many benefits.

What about the Fame?

Many aspiring writers dream of the day they see their name on the cover of a book. Though certainly an attainable dream for anyone with the courage and stubbornness to stick it out, many published writers can tell you that getting published can be a long and hard slog through uncertain terrain. The writer Anne Lamott advises her students that “the odds of their getting published and of it bringing them financial security, peace of mind, and even joy are probably not that great. Ruin, hysteria, bad skin, unsightly tics, ugly financial problems, maybe, but probably not peace of mind.” Continue Reading…

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