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9 Books Aspiring Writers Must Read

Today’s guest post is by freelance writer Nicolette Morrison:

One of the “rules” often touted is that writers must always spend hours reading. It helps in improving comprehension and grammar, but most importantly it guides them to find their footing as writers.

Reading can give you an idea of what you like and what you don’t in a piece of writing. It’s about taking every bit of the things you like in a creative piece and trying to incorporate them into your own voice. It’s about widening your range of influences and learning what works for your style of writing. Continue Reading…

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists

Today’s guest post is from acclaimed American novelist Warren Adler, well-known for his best-selling-novel-turned-box-office-hit The War of the Roses. Warren is now a huge advocate of indie publishing and loves to encourage aspiring novelists.

You’ve spent months, perhaps years, composing your novel. You’ve read and reread it hundreds of times. You’ve rethought it, rewritten it, and revised it, changed characters, dialogue, and plot lines. Writing your novel is the most important thing in your life. It has absorbed your attention, almost exclusively. Both your conscious and your subconscious mind have been obsessed with it. You have read parts of it to your friends, family, former teachers. Most think it’s wonderful.

You have finally considered it finished. Armed with optimism and self-confidence, you obtain from the Internet a list of agents and begin to canvass. You agonize over whether to send your precious manuscript to one agent at a time or to a number of agents. You choose the first option. Just in case, you send it electronically, unsure of whether or not this is now standard practice. You have high hopes. You are aware of the massive changes in the publishing business, but have chosen to take the traditional path as your first option. Continue Reading…

How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves (and How to Learn from Their Mistakes)

You encounter an author, and it’s love at first page. You declare your devotion over Facebook and write giddy reviews on Goodreads.

When the author publishes new work, you fall on it like a jackal. But then, the inevitable happens. You read their book—maybe it’s their second; maybe it’s their seventh—and you’re deeply disappointed. Continue Reading…

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