How Amanda Hocking made millions self-publishing

Image credit Amanda Hocking has risen from anonymity like a ghoul in the Thriller video, and is now a household name synonymous with self-publishing and has stirred up a global revolution in publishing in general. All this was attained largely due to her enormous adoration for Jim Henson’s colourful, bug-eyed and wide-mouthed Muppets. Neither the […]

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How do you know who to show your novel to?

Image credit Wanting only the best for your novel can go two ways when asking your loved ones to provide feedback you have all but written in blood. They either love you too much to be brutally honest and run the risk of wounding your temperamental spirit, or they feel so close to you that […]

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Online writing groups - should you join one?

Online writing groups: good or bad idea?

Online writing groups offer an alternative for aspiring authors who either do not have nearby in-person writing groups or simply enjoy the convenience of being able to share critiques and write anywhere. What are the pros and cons of joining an online writing group? Here are 5 of each: 5 pros of online writing groups […]

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Structured Goal-Setting and Achievement

Image credit Six months has passed since the first word of your manuscript appeared on your predominantly blank canvas. Your motivation and creative juices are drying up and your lack of direction is fast steering you to Lostville. Your desire to complete that book and get it published is still fierce, so what is the […]

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5 steps to silencing self-doubt

Image credit While hushing your batty aunt who feels compelled to share intimate details of the last week’s bowel movements is a relatively simple task, silencing those voices in your head is another chore altogether. One of the most detrimental can be the loud voice of self-doubt, raining down on your parade of motivation, confidence […]

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Pros and cons of self-publishing

Image credit As good battles evil and as darkness steals the light, pros and cons exist for just about every situation imaginable. Envisage the simple action of eating an ice-cream. This encompasses negatives of weight gain and unavoidable sticky fingers. Research shows the positive aspect of mood enhancement and also, damn… does it taste good! […]

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What exactly is Kindle Publishing?

Image credit If your response to the question, “What exactly is Kindle publishing?” sounds something like “What is a Kindle?”, then you need to lift the rock you are buried under and take a giant leap into the big wide world. The Kindle e-book reader is one of many 21st century widgets that might make […]

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Planning your tick tock time

Image credit How To Write A Novel In 10 Days or Less. Is that not a classic? This actual website gives daily tips on how to manage your time and hey presto come day 11 you’re a novelist. Not necessarily a standard approach, yet I guess a sense of accomplishment nonetheless. It just amuses me […]

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Why your novel needs a clear theme

Image credit How is a theme defined? In literary terms it is the message you want your readers to take away from reading your novel. It’s the backbone and the frame to which you blend in a theme, a plot and characterisation. Why does one need a theme? It’s a good question – I know […]

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Central conflict definition

Central conflict definition: Make drama drive your novel

First: A central conflict definition In a story, the central conflict is defined as the main opposition, obstacle or complication that characters need to navigate in order for the story to reach a conclusion. The central conflict is similar to the central idea: It is a dramatic kernel that contains the seed for the rest of your […]

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