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How To Be A Successful Writer And Get Published

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How To Be A Successful Writer And Get Published

Peter Crooks, Learn English/Travel/Write/Earn

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22 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Learn What Publishers Want

    • 3. Do You Have A Good Story

    • 4. Get Into Your Readers Head

    • 5. Be A Creative Great

    • 6. Write Simply But Effectively

    • 7. Realistic Writing Deadlines

    • 8. Essential Qualities

    • 9. Online Resources

    • 10. How To Pick A Genre

    • 11. Overcome Creative Burnout

    • 12. 5 Musts For your Author Website

    • 13. Quick Ways To Make Your Writing Better

    • 14. Writing Non-Fiction

    • 15. Write What You Love Vs What You Know

    • 16. Subscribe To Our Writers Community Now

    • 17. Book Not Selling? Why?

    • 18. Get More Readers for Your Book!

    • 19. Tips To Write Feature Articles

    • 20. What Skills Does A Writer Need

    • 21. Ways To Make Money Writing

    • 22. How To Be A Great Travel Writer

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About This Class

UPDATE: 3 New lessons uploaded 4 July 2018

Do you enjoy writing? Have you ever wanted to make an income as a writer?

Whether its writing fiction or non fiction, blog writing, self publishing or doing it the traditional way, these days, the opportunities are endless.

However, there are some things that you need to know to help you along the way. And that`s just what you`ll find in this ever expanding video class ...

How To Be A Successful Writer And Get Published.

Initially with 8 bite sized lessons, this video class covers Motivation, Help and Advice, Tricks and Tips about How to be a Successful Writer and Get Published. Further video lessons will be added to the class over time, so please revisit the class regularly.

As you work your way through the lessons you`ll learn...

  • What publishers really want.
  • How to tell if your story is any good.
  • Tips on how to get inside your readers head.
  • How to Achieve Creative Greatness.
  • How to write simply but effectively.
  • How to set realistic writing deadlines.
    And you`ll also learn about...
  • The qualities all good writers have.

Finally, we complete our first batch of lessons with a compilation of online resources where you can find more helpful writers tips, advice, contacts and so much more. Welcome to... How To Be A Successful Writer And Get Published.  Watch out for more lessons added to the class soon!


* How To Pick A Genre

*Overcome Creative Burnout

* 5 Musts For Your Author Website

More Lessons Added...

* Quick Ways To Make Your Writing Better

* Writing Non-Fiction

* Write What You Love Vs What You Know

* NEW - Subscribe To Our Writers Community Now!


*Book Not Selling? Why Not?

*How To Get More Readers!

*Tips To Write Feature Articles


(More lessons will be added soon).


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Peter Crooks

Learn English/Travel/Write/Earn


Hello, I`m Peter, an online teacher of English conversation, film maker, digital nomad and a proud Global Village advocate.

A native English speaker from the UK but now living in Bangkok, Thailand, I travelled around South East Asia for a couple of years during which time I was a voluntary teacher of English to both Adults and Children. I also have experience as a lecturer in Radio Skills in the UK and am a keen film maker, producing travel and cultural videos for my travel website and Learning to Speak English videos..

I am the holder of a 120 hour TEFL Certificate.

As a former radio broadcaster in the UK I have many years professional experience using English conversation in a relaxed and friendly manner. I also have acting experience on stage and in TV and film a... See full profile

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1. Introduction: do you enjoy writing? Have you ever wanted to make an income as a writer? Thes days. The opportunities are endless, whether itself publishing or doing in the traditional way, However, to be successful, there are some things that you need to know to help you along the way. That's just what you'll find in this video class consisting of eight bite sized video lessons. Hello, I'm Peter. Ah, well, from a lot of how to be a successful writer, Andi get published. Is it? 2. Learn What Publishers Want: understanding what publishes really want isn't as easy as one might think. Many writers believe they have a fantastic story within them. And if you are writing purely for your own pleasure, or simply have a need to write down whatever brilliant, informative, exciting story you have, that is great. If you want your writing to sell, however, that is something completely different. Writing for a living requires thought careful planning on a thorough understanding of what publishes are looking for in terms of fiction writing. This is particularly true as competition is fierce on demand changes along the time, most publishers only pick a select few titles each year. Because of this, it's really important that you do your research and do it before you start. If you want to give yourself the best chance of being accepted by a publishing house first publishers want to make money a simple truth that perhaps isn't always truly considered by many writers. Before they begin, publishers need to be sure they can sell your work and sell it enough that it makes it financially viable for them. They look for specific factors that are tried and tested. They know their audience is better than anyone. They know what they want, and if your work doesn't match that, it will fall at the first. Little check the length. Something as simple is ensuring you are writing to the right length is so important. If you're hoping to have an article or story featured in a magazine, then do your research to find out what the accepted word count is Publishes of. Novels also have strict ideas about length. Most are simply not interested in publishing a work of fiction that is under 60,000 words on, particularly if you're a new writer, they prefer the story to be no more than 120,000 words nonfiction books very greatly in length. However, if your work is less than 35,000 words, this is likely to leave many publishers questioning it's worth next. Research. The market works of fiction need to have a strong plot. Engaging characters. Andi Originality. You may have an excellent story about a boy wizard, but unless you could tell it in a totally unusual way, Andi, even then you may struggle. You are unlikely to be even considered. Try not to fall into the trap of thinking that because a particular book has brought on also fame and fortune, if you write a similar tale that you will be immediately snapped up, nonfiction writers must be able to prove that they have a strong knowledge of their subject matter on be able to present that knowledge in a highly interesting Andi unique way. Next Proof, read all writers, regardless off their subject matter must take care with how they present their writing. Publishes won't be able to overlook poor sentence construction, misspellings and bad grammar, regardless of how good your work is. Next, don't be a one trick pony. If you can prove to a publisher that you will be able to write additional stories, novels or nonfiction books, you'll be immediately more appealing to them. Stick to the same genre. Build up an audience of loyal fans. Make it a no brainer for a publisher to keep taking on your work. Be cooperative. Everyone likes an easy life, so if you do get accepted for publication than do everything you can to keep your publisher on side, help promote your work by marketing it yourself. Always meet deadlines on follow guidelines on generally be a pleasant and cooperative person to work with. No one said getting published was easy. On the bottom line is that it takes hard work dedication on a thick skin. However, if you prepare yourself properly and make sure you ask yourself if you are really writing something publishers will want, then you stand the very best chance off success. 3. Do You Have A Good Story: it could be difficult to know whether our stories are any good on Let's face it, the sooner we find out for sure, the better. It can be all too easy to get halfway through, writing a story on Lee to realize it just isn't going to work. And there isn't anything much more frustrating to a writer than the discovery. Their story just can't go anywhere. So what can you do to decipher whether your story is any good? Try asking yourself the following. Have you sketched out the entire thing? Making sure that your story will work is just good. Common sense, whether it's a short story or an entire novel, by sketching out the basic plot, doing chapter outlines and ensuring that you really do have an entire story there that you can feel confident that will work when you start writing it out, do your characters excite you? An exciting cast of characters will make or break your story. Make sure you pay attention to every character in your story. On that, they all have a purpose. Are intriguing. Make your reader care. Is there a journey? Your story should take the characters on the reader on a journey. It should have ups and downs and highs lows, and there should be obstacles that your characters deter. Overcome making sure that you have a well thought out journey will mean your story is on the right track. How's the pace? Pay attention to the pacing of your story. You can tell if the pace is good just by reading over it. Are there parts that you skip over or parts that feel tedious and slow? There's too much happen too quickly. Your pace is an essential part of your story, so make sure you get it right. Can you imagine the world you have created? Paying attention to setting on detail is another excellent way to ensure you're writing a good story. You should be able to picture the world you've created vividly. If you can't, it suggests that something important is missing. Are you showing or telling? Yes, it's the age old advice of sure don't tell. It's important to make sure that you aren't directing your readers too much, or that you are making it impossible for them to immerse themselves in your story because they can hear your voice telling them what happens a long time. While there are some instances where telling is the most economical and straightforward way to relay information to your reader, if this happens too often, it will be off. Putting on could make your story seem bad by asking yourself these questions. You can decide whether your story is any good and therefore whether it's worth pursuing. Ask yourself these questions. Before you start on, you'll begin your story confidence that it's worth writing in the first place and you won't be wasting your time. 4. Get Into Your Readers Head: one of the most helpful things you can do as a writer is to identify who your reader is. No matter. WAAS You're writing about figuring out exactly who will want to read your work, what their reaction will be to it is so important right from when you start to create your work. Fruits of pitching. Onda Marketing it to help you create a piece of writing that will appeal to your reader, you need to be able to get inside their head the more thorough and understanding you have of who they are, what they want, the more easily you will be able to mold and shape your writing so it will appeal to them. Of course, this might be easiest said than done, however, by making an effort to get to know your reader on to truly understand them, you'll be able to appeal to their more through your writing toe. Influence them on to turn them into loyal fans. So what are the things you can do to try and get inside your readers? Head? Let's take a look first. Do your research start off by doing some simple research. Think about the genre you're writing falls into and the kind of person that might be interested in that type of book. You could even go into bookshops and look at the different people browsing in that section or join fan clubs and get to know the kind of conversations they might have next. Get feedback all along the way. Make sure you don't wait until you've already finished your book or piece of writing. To get that feedback, ask your readers questions and get feedback throughout the writing process. This will make it so much easier when you go back and begin to edit on Reshape your book next. Look at what all the writers air doing. One of the most helpful things you can do is follow your fellow writers and look at the different techniques they're using to engage readers on peak their interest. Look at successful writers in genres similar to yours. How does your writing compare? What do their book covers look like? What does the blurb on the back say? Check out their social media accounts. Their author profiles their website. Find all the information you can and see what re occurring themes all there that you could apply it to your writing and marketing plans used actual data. There are plenty of programs out there, which can give you a real insight into your readers, your potential readers on their behavior, even just looking at your engagement on social media and try to get a picture of the types of people that are interested in what you are saying can help you to build up a picture off who your ideal reader might be. Create a persona once you've gathered together as much information as possible. Use this to create an ideal reader persona. Write down as much as you can about them. Aunt, Stick up the details. Needs away. You're right. You can then always refer to this and always keep them in mind when you're writing. If you stuck, then you can use them to help you simply ask yourself what your reader would want to happen . Andi. If you know that well enough, you should have your answer. Getting inside. Your readers had to make a difference when it comes to the popularity on success of your book, so it's well worth trying to get to know your reader and use this knowledge to help shape your writing 5. Be A Creative Great: wanted in all writers need is boundless creativity, however, sometimes it can be challenging to get those creative juices flowing. Achieving creative greatness is not something that just happens overnight. It takes time and effort. It takes making mistakes and learning from it takes hard work on applying yourself, even when you are feeling creatively lacking so often we sue. It's raw talent that makes certain people stand out and achieve more, or even that they just got lucky. However, if you want to feel wholly wonderfully creative, it is actually by putting the timing and dedicating yourself to your art that you're most like to achieve your goal. So how can you find ways to be more creative on achieve created greatness? Here are some useful tips. Our first tip is just beginning. Every great writer started out somewhere when they did. They probably weren't even that good. You'll never feel effortlessly creative unless you start trying so even if it feels laborious, painful and slow at first, just keep a plane yourself, and soon you'll start to see your productivity increase of those ideas. Words start to flow our next to make your creativity your priority. If you want to achieve creative greatness. You have to follow your passion with a desire on hunger like no other. It's all too easy to think of your creative projects. Is hobbies or adults to your day to day life? If that's your attitude, you'll never honestly apply yourself and find it hard to improve. Start taking your creativity seriously on Make time for being creative, a priority in your life Next. Never miss an opportunity to be creative. There are opportunities to be creative in every two. If you look hard enough for them, that is, almost everything could be turned into a more exciting, more adventurous, more experimental, more creatively Freon moment. If you already and willing on going to push to make it so, don't let creative opportunities pass you by. Stay alert and be prepared to follow wherever the creativity takes you. No, that's not. Everything could work is our next tip. Creativity is about experimentation of failure as much as it is about adventuring and success. You have to take risks on you have to make mistakes. Not every idea you have will be great. Not every project will be well received. Just know that that's OK on being creative is a learning curve. Learn from your errors and failures, and you'll always be improving. Next, get feedback whenever you can. There's plenty to look from others when it comes to being creative, so learn to solicit advice and feedback on also how to take that advice and feedback on board. You don't have to listen to every piece of advice you get given. You don't have to change your work just because someone doesn't like it. You can be skeptical about other people's advice and opinions. Make sure you don't dismiss them or shoot them out just because you don't want to hear it, either. On next, enjoy the adventure. Creativity is exciting and often hit you unexpectedly, but it also It's also a measured practice that takes discipline and control. Enjoy all aspects of creativity, the parts where you get to feel free and adventurous as much as those where you need to practice to work or find something challenging. If you can embrace all parts of it, you'll be that much closer to achieving creative greatness. Creativity is such an integral part of any writer success, finding ways to be more creatively free as well as how to tune into your creativity, wholeness and shape its Internet into something useful for your work. Are all critical skills that more we are able to do so the better writers we will become. 6. Write Simply But Effectively: whatever kind of writing you're working on. One of the most common mistakes is trying too hard, making it overly complicated. This is true whether you're writing a block or a novel many writers can get so caught up in wanting to come across is impressive or intelligent that they forget. Some of the most influential writing is not full of ridiculously long and complicated words or overly convoluted sentences. Instead, there's a great beauty to be found in simplicity, and often the most uncomplicated writing has the most significant effect. Writing simply but effectively is an important quality for any writer. Remember, you always have a finite number of words to write with and therefore should make each and every one of them count by being too flowery with the old language by being painstakingly detailed with your descriptions by using language that your readers will struggle to understand, you are isolating there rather than drawing them in. While a reader may be able to forgive this once or twice. If your prose is littered with such errors, they will sue lose interest in what you have to say on eventually Europe all together. So how can you reassess your writing to ensure that you are keeping it simple and therefore delivery the greatest impact. Here are some useful tips Be factual Onda direct in journalistic writing. One of the most common pieces of advice given is to ensure you cover all the facts you conduce. So by asking yourself the five W's who, what, when, Where. Why? There's no reason why I can't apply this to your fiction writing to when you're trying to set the scene, establish a new character or relate to the reader. Exactly what is happening when using these questions can help you ensure that you have all your bases covered. Build pictures for your reader to enjoy your writing. They want to be immersed in what they are reading, and to do so they need to be able to build pictures in their minds. I you don't need to over explain what's going on. Instead, use simple but effective detail ing to create images. Do this by appealing to the five senses sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and show Your language is precise on the descriptions you use are sharp and effective without going overboard. Inspire on emotional response in order, feel writing to be effective, you need to create emotion in your reader. Try to picture your ideal reader. What kind of person are they? What do they want or need? What are they afraid off, excited or intrigued by? The better you understand your reader, the easier it will be to direct them to feel a certain way about what you've written. If you can get your readers to invest in your story emotionally, you'll have them hooked. Think about beginnings and endings. While your overall piece should have an enormous impact on your reader, it is also essential to break it down further, pay attention to how you open and close each chapter, then go deeper and examine how you start and finish each paragraph. Simple, effective writing takes a lot of work, but the more time you spend refining your writing, the better it will be on the greater impression it will have. So just keep practicing. Take your time and use the strategies that we've already mentioned, and you'll soon see what a difference it makes your writing and how much more powerful and effective it can be. 7. Realistic Writing Deadlines: Creating deadlines for yourself is one of the most important and productive things you can do as a writer. Without them, it's all too easy to keep putting your writing tasks on the back burner and never getting anything done without deadlines. Our goals and aspirations can fade away on the more we leave our writing test for another day, the further away a more unachievable those dreams become. On the other hand, setting writing deadlines that are unrealistic and unachievable can also damage your writing career. If you continuously miss those deadlines, no matter how hard you try, you'll inevitably feel like you're a failure on will undoubtedly begin to beat yourself up about it, which will damage your confidence on potentially slow your writing productivity down even more. So what can you do to set realistic deadlines that push yourself, but not too much? First, do the math, start from your end goal and work backwards to see if it makes sense. If you want to have written your book by the end of the year, then think about everything you need to do to achieve that. Work out the time you have and figure out whether this is realistic or not. If it isn't, don't feel bad about shifting the goalposts back a little. It's also a good idea. It's a factor in some time for things to go a little off track. But don't give yourself so much time That is easy to procrastinate and do nothing for months on end. You need to make sure you are challenging yourself to next. Get into the rights frame off mind when it comes to sitting down to write, you'll know what Make sure your most focused, creative and productive if you set aside all your writing term for 5 a.m. When you know you hate getting up early, you're probably quickly find it's pretty tough to live up to your expectations. Make sure that you've set time to write when you know there will be few distractions and you'll feel motivated and excited to do it on next. Understand what you are capable off. Be realistic about what you can expect from yourself. If you want you just setting yourself up for a fall, you don't have to be the most prolific and dedicated writer in the world. You just need to figure out what works for you. Ask yourself where you want to be when you want to get there on what you are truly capable off, and then create your deadlines around that. Next, use a timer. Using a time could be a really helpful way of making sure you stick to your planned writing sessions. If you say you are going to write for an hour three times a week, each time you sit down to set a timer for that amount of time, make sure you don't go over or under your time. Doing mawr can be damaging as you then don't have time for other tasks, which could leave you feeling stressed out on resenting your writing, which you will put you off doing it again on next. Take breaks. Make sure you take regular breaks away from your writing. If you get too immersed in it, you may end up burning yourself out. It's always good to finish a writing session on a high on start, each new one feeling refreshed on, ready to work Next. Be strict with yourself. Once you've set yourself a goal and a deadline, it's time to stop making excuses. It's all too easy to start negotiating with yourself, but this won't get you anywhere. And you end up feeling really guilty on disappointed with yourself. So once the deadline has been set, do everything in your power to stick with it. Reward yourself rewarding yourself for achieving your goals within your A lot of time frame can be a great incentive. Come out with some small and large rewards toe entice you to keep on going. I'd next be okay with imperfections. Remember, you are going to have a great writing session every time you're right. Nor are you going to be happy with what you've written all the time. Don't dwell on imperfections on Don't let your own self doubts or negativity stop you from reaching a deadline. Setting realistic writing deadlines is crucial to keep you motivated, moving forward on feeling satisfied with your writing. So next time you started writing project, use these tips toe help create your goals on timetable on, you'll give yourself the best chance of staying on track 8. Essential Qualities: writers have high emotional intelligence. One of the most important things right and must do is to captivate their readers. To do so, they need to understand what draws people in. Being able to capture and express emotions in their writing is crucial. A reader needs to feel emotionally connected to the characters in a story so right it needs to be perceptive about emotions and use their emotional intelligence to create empathetic characters. Lots off discipline, great writers are extremely disciplined. Individuals they have to be writing is an art, and certainly which takes time, dedication of practice to get right. No one can make a writer right. So without self discipline, it's so hard to continue to get things. Don't I love off words? Writers love language, find words truly fascinating. A good writer is always exploring a testing language and discovering unusual and unique ways to use it in their work. Finding ways to improve the vocabulary and two perfectly capture feeling or an image by using words is a writer's greatest joy, a profound interest in people. Writers don't have to love people, but they need to be interested in great books from alive because of the incredible characters within them. Writers only right, astonishing characters by keenly observing people all around them and taking what they see and hear in real life on translating this effectively onto the page. Incredible imaginations. Excellent writing requires a vivid, an extraordinary imagination. Writers make up entire people with entire lives, living in entirely made of worlds, while writers use their own experiences feelings on what they observe in the world around them in their books. It is their use of imagination that gives their stories life on excitement and makes them truly magical. Bags of creativity be creative. It's part of a writer's life. Being creative is all about seeing the world in a new and interesting way in problems solving, being innovative, using initiative, using connections on being imaginative. Excellent observational skills. Writers are like sponges. They keep their eyes and ears open all the time. They watch absorb everything from the way people interact and talk toe how the sky looks just before the sun appears. They observe it all and try to find the words to describe what they have seen. Self motivation writers have a constant challenge of being their own bosses or managing their own time of having to market themselves on organize themselves, let alone find any time actually to write. Being self motivated is a huge part of any writer's life. On the more self motivation a writer has, the better they will be. 9. Online Resources: thing. 10. How To Pick A Genre : many writers don't consider the genre, they are writing it until their book is written. It's easy to believe that once you finish writing a novel that it will become immediately obvious which category it falls into on when you are undertaking tasks such as submitting to editors or selecting the genre's Where you bookshop sitting Amazon that it will be easy to define. You're writing in such a way, however, only considering your genre after you have finished your story can lead to some problems. There are perhaps some stories that are easier to define a classic romance thriller or horror story. For example, with many contemporary fiction books, it can be a little more tricky. And in fact you could find your story process of boundaries of many different jars, a little bit of Romans but mostly a thriller, a ghost story with some comedy throwing. And so the trouble with not being able to clearly define your genre is that you then cannot clearly define your audience. One of the most important things you should be able to do in submitting your novel to publishers and agents or marketing yourself is to be able to define who your audience is to be able to prove that there is a market for your book out there, that there are readers ready and waiting to devour it. If you are vague about your genre, agents of publishers will have a harder time being convinced they can sell your book. Where will it sit in a bookstore? Will readers be annoyed if they pitch it as a romance novel when actually, perhaps it is more of a fantasy book? It's the same when you come to choose where to place your book. If self publishing on sites such as Amazon, if readers disagree with your choice, then you could end up with negative reviews. Readers do not like to be misled after all. So how do you choose a genre to writing? First of all right, with an audience in mind, you should always consider your reader When you right before you start, why not try to identify who your target audience is? Sketch out an idea of what they like. Get to know that what motivates and inspires them what makes them tick? What you understand your reader. You'll have a better idea off the types of books they read. Therefore the genre. You should place your book into next, read many genres and see what resonates. Writing in a genre you love to read will make your life so much easier. If you love romance novels, try to write a hard boiled detective story. You might find yourself in trouble so we'd lots and lots of different books on then shape your story to fit which genre you like best, and next go to a bookstore. Look at the books in each section. Where do you see yours going? If you have already written your novel or have your story already mapped out in your head, go to a bookstore to try and help clarify which genre it fix into. Look at books by other authors and see which wants of similar things to yours. This is also a great way of getting inspiration for your book synopsis on co. Two. Our next step is to create a marketing plan. If you pick a genre that is really obscure, you might find it difficult to know how to market your book. Saying that and niche genre could help you really focus on specific readers creating a marketing plan could help sway you one way or another as you decide what is best for your book at the end of the day, when it comes to picking a genre to writing, sometimes it's simply a good idea to go with your gut instinct if you're talking between so you could even make a pros and cons list to help you choose. Whatever you do, make sure you have a clear idea of the genre you are writing, ideally, before you start to write. 11. Overcome Creative Burnout: expressing your creativity is one of the best things about being a writer. However, there's always that worry in the back of our minds. Wander. The idea is mine run out. This could happen when you are halfway through a book or when you're trying to come with your next new idea. While some people may be more naturally creative than others, creativity still requires time, effort, focus on energy. Even the most creative people could suffer from creating burnout. At some point on, if this does happen to you, it can be very troubling indeed. So what, exactly it's created burnout. Feeling uninspired, unable to come up with new ideas, feeling demotivated, procrastinating, feeling emotionally blocked, feeling unable to write a lack of self belief. Writer's block I wanted to give up on your writing are all indicative. Created burnout. It could be very damaging. Steel writing Korea. So how do you minimize and manage instances off creative burnout to ensure they pass quickly or even better, don't occur at all? Here are some things you could dry. Okay, tip number one is practiced. Positive habits. Positive habits can help Free up your mind. Refresh. Andi, refocus. These can be positive habits around your writing, but also in your day to day life. Some people finally going for a run, a walk in the countryside, baking a cake, painting a picture meditating, socializing with your favorite people. Reading a great book on DSO can help to inspire them. In short, focus on what makes you feel creative free on motivated on May, please the habits that you fit into your daily routine. Okay, tip number to allow yourself to take a break. Often when we have bouts of creative burnout, we could immediately start to treat ourselves off about it, which just leads to a vicious circle of self loathing on feeling even more demotivated. Instead, just be at peace with doing nothing. Step back from clergy sex. I don't give yourself a break. It may well be that you've simply overworked yourself and need a break to be able to get back to it once more, and our next tip is talk to others. Don't bottle hope. The way your field talk to other people around you. Fellow writers will be able to give you advice and sympathy. Friends and family will lend you their ears and be supportive. Sometimes just talking about how you feel can lift your spirits and helping you feel on burdened, lighter and more able to focus. Next, get to the cause off The problem. Understanding why this is happening to you will help you title the cause of the problem and therefore fixing all the sooner. Often there is something quite specific, however subconscious, that has made us feel this way and is blocking our path to creativity. Figure out what it is and then devise a strategy to help overcome these obstacles and get back to work once more on our final day is relieved it's will pass. Feeling uncreative, uninspired can be frightening for anyone who works in a creative role. However, there is no need to make this happen. Just take a deep breath. Follow the tips of being talking. Hopefully, by doing so, we'll be back to your fabulousness, creates himself 12. 5 Musts For your Author Website: wait comes to setting up on all the website. Many of us feel pretty intimidated. We can write stories, sure, but understanding how to make a website eye catching well laid out and remembering to include all the necessary information that's needed come feel a little daunting if you're about to set up your off the website. Knowing what's typically included is a good start. Let's look up five main elements. Every also website should have. Number one is a kick ass home page. A good first impression is crucial your home pages where most readers will land and it needs to clearly market who you are as a writer on what you are offering, choose a theme that represents your work. If you're a writer of horror stories, romance comedies make it obvious from the outset. Well designed home page will give your future funds a great first impression. They are more likely to think your professional are more likely to trust that your work will be of high quality, too. Ask yourself when people arrive on your site. Would they know what kind of writing you offer from the outset? Have you set the tone on moved to reflect who you are. Can they easily navigates from the page to other parts of your website without getting confused? Do they know how to buy your book next? Testimonials. Testimonials are an important way to assure your potential readers that they are buying a professional, well written book that other people love. If you could get social proof via testimonials from other readers, the press or the authors, the more well known the better and even celebrities. This will increase your credibility and make people more likely to buy your book next a bit about you. Readers don't just want to know about your work. They want to know about you as an author to make sure you include your personal story. Tell them your history. What makes you a writer? What inspires you on what kind of books you love. It's important to make your personality comes through. Don't write is if you were writing a CV, Make it funny, Entertaining, engaging on interesting. Your readers will feel more connected to you on are more likely to become fans. Make sure you know where to draw the line, though readers want to get to know you, but they don't need to know every intimate detail of your life. Make sure you include your contact information to an email address of phone number, if you like on links to your social media profiles. If you have a media or press kits, make sure you link to that as well. Make sure it's clear where readers can sign up for email updates or your newsletter. This is so important for you so you can build a contact database and get in touch with funds about future releases on important dates. You could also have a page detail ing, your latest news and any events you have coming up to next. Your blog's every good author website has an associative block where readers could get to know you better hear what Europe to read your musings on get snippets and exits of your writing. A good blawg is an opportunity to communicate with your readers on will showcase what kind of writer you are if he can consistently produce interesting, entertaining blocks that are loosely themed around your writing. This will bring your readers closer on Make them trust in you Mawr. Next, your book and other products off course. One of the main aims for an author website is to increase book sales. It is therefore extremely important that you're making clear how to buy your book as well as any other products or services that you offer. Make sure you make this obvious. Make the process is seamless and hassle free as possible. Doing so will lessen the chances of a reader becoming confused and frustrated or changing their mind. A good also website needs to function as your brand, a place where you communicate with your audience, where readers can get in touch with you on a place where people can buy your book. It's so worth getting it right, so make sure that you do. 13. Quick Ways To Make Your Writing Better: what can be satisfying, sitting down for hours of picking apart your novel. Sometimes you don't have time for that. The great thing is that we don't have to spend huge chunks of our time on our writing to make it great. For those who can only grab a few minutes here and there, there are still ways to make your writing better and get that satisfaction that you've improved each time you have a spare moment. So what are some of the quick things you can do to make your writing better? Let's take a look first look for spelling mistakes. Spelling mistakes Make your writings seem unprofessional on will immediately make a publisher think you haven't bothered to Eddie. See well, do a spell check of your work, but also look for mistakes where the word might be correct, but it's not exactly what you mean. Next, do a grammar check, even if you intend to use a professional editing service. Having your grammar and punctuation as good as it can be before you send it off will help make the process smoother on leave you with a better piece of work. As a result, if your grammar isn't excellent. You can download a program such as Graham Early, which will help to weed out grammatical mistakes on next. Look forwards you overuse. We all have our favorite words or phrases on. It's easy toe over. Use them in our writing. Try to skim through your work, weed out lows that you end up repeating on. Find alternatives to keep your writing interesting on our next trip. Take out adjectives. Onda adverbs. While descriptive writing can conjure up a clear picture in your reader's imagination, too many descriptive words can make writing seem over written. Look for these at the end of dialogue, such as he said lovingly, or she said angrily and next, right in the present tense. The present tense gives much more immediacy to your writing on draws the reader in. So try to rewrite instances where you've used the past tense on change them to the present . Our next tip. Give your character on unusual trait. Give your character and interesting on our arresting feature, such as a lisp or a limp or a strange scar or a tattoo. This makes them seem unique. Andi intriguing. Next, read your dialogue aloud, reading dialogue aloud will help you decide whether it flows well on reflects how someone would talk next. Ask a probing question When reading through your work. Try to ask an interesting question, which could help you find a new direction for the chapter or storyline. Always think about your character's motivations for doing things and make sure their actions makes sense. Next tip. Break up Long sentences. Long sentences could be tiring to read, So try to break up any that are a bit of a mouthful on our Final Two is delete anything that isn't needed. Keep asking yourself. Is this necessary? Does this drive the story forward? If the answer is no hit, delete these 10 quick ways will improve your writing and can be done bit by bit. So even if you don't have a lot of time to spare, can still get that manuscript in great shape before you know it. 14. Writing Non-Fiction: writing a non fiction for isn't for everyone. Many writers don't even consider it is an option, however, while writing a non fiction book, it's still difficult. If you have an area of knowledge, interest or passion that could be shared with the world, it might be worth considering while the book market is saturated that not necessarily less competitive For those writing nonfiction books, if you can find a particular niche with it, you will find a particular audience eager on waiting to receive your work. Because of this, you may find a publishing marketing on. Selling your nonfiction book is somewhat more straightforward than if you were to write a work of fiction. That's not to say that writing a non fiction book is easy. The same principles apply on the more work you do to prepare a map out your novel in the beginning stages, the more successful you're likely to be. So do you think you could write a nonfiction book? Here are some questions toe. Ask yourself. Do you have a unique style or toe that will make your book engaging on appealing to your readers? What's the competition like? Has it bean done before nonfiction books should be specific. Well researched, well thought out. Engaging, educating Andi entertaining. Beat a biography of your life guide about the life behavior of a special type of rare animal or a book dedicated sharing your passion for clown puppets. It doesn't matter how niche or bizarre your topic is. If you know there are readers out there and they present your material in a way that will appeal to them, you know you have the basis to make your book a success. If you think you could write a nonfiction book, the writing process is much the same as any other kind of book. Creating an outline researching or material on breaking your book down into chapters will help you feel assured that your book idea could work on help you to stay focused on keep on track until it's finished. Writing a non fiction book can be just as rewarding on satisfy on creatively exciting as writing a fiction. So if you have a weird, wonderful hobby, fascinating history or in depth knowledge of something, you need beautiful, why not sharing with the world on? See if you could create a work of nonfiction that's a raving success 15. Write What You Love Vs What You Know: when it comes to writing fiction, the sky's the limit. Or is it so many of us get confused by writing advice on it's no wonder much of it can be contradictory on to understand which pieces off advice to follow can be tricky. This has never bean truer when it comes to the age old advice of writing what you know, Writers are often told that writing what we know is the best way to write convincingly, reliably to ensure the reader believes in us. On our writing voice, however, the argument against this is, well, writing what we know can feel a little door. The problem with being told to write what you know is that many things you know are just the things that you do on a daily basis on the danger of writing. Well, these things is that they neither inspire or interest you, nor do they inspire or interest your readers. Great stories are dramatic, an action packed on while characters need to be relatable and ordinary. In some ways, their journeys are not so. At the same time, if you completely ignore this advice on Onley, right, what you think might impress others or just to sell books, You risk sounding vague on unconvincing. If you want passionate about your writing, that's going to come across, no matter how hard you try to disguise it with big storylines on larger than life characters. Besides, what's popular now might have had its time in the spotlight. By the time your book is finished, and then you'll have wasted all that time and effort for nothing, often by taking the advice to write what you love you do end up writing what you know. Regardless, it's just the very best of what you know rather than the day today. Writing about what you love is writing about what you are most passionate about, what fills you with emotion. I get you going. You're therefore B'more, infused by all writing project, more likely to be able to write it quicker and better, as well as feeling ah, far deeper sense of accomplishment and satisfaction once you complete it. Writing what you love will also make it easier for you after you finished your book. If you need to promote a marketing yourself, if you genuinely believe in, it's a passionate about sharing your writing with world you'll be more dedicated to promotion on more likely to find creative and effective ways to do so. Your passion will naturally shine through on potential readers will pick up on this at the end of the day. Some pieces of writing advice can be beneficial, while others can feel foreign under natural to you on X up to the individual writer to decide which writing pieces of advice work for them, nothing is set in storm. That's the beauty of writing on. As long as you're trying to improve toe, learn and are continuing to write, then you can't go too far. 16. 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Why?: It's always disheartening when you finally get your self published book upon Amazon Onley to find the days, weeks and months rolled by on you don't seem to be selling any copies. For many mortars, generating big book sales is difficult on most may only see that a few months or even less leave the shelves. It's no surprise that for that after a while you start to lose faith. I wonder where it all went wrong. At this point, it might be time to ask yourself the following questions, and it's important to be completely honest with your answers to. If you really want to boost your sales on, get to the bottom off why your book might not be selling. Then you need to make sure you're doing everything in your power you can to help make that happen. First, have you put your book up at a reasonable price? Take a look at what other self published books in your genre are selling for. If your book is too expensive than no one is going to buy it. Similarly, don't sell yourself too short. If your book is suspiciously cheap, people might be led to believe it's not worth reading, either. Have you worked really hard on your book description? Your book description needs to immediately capture your reader's and make them feel as though this is a book they simply must read. Spend time researching other people's descriptions to see what you can take from them and take your time in order to perfect it and get it just right. Next, have you put your book in the right category? If your book sits in the category, that's actually not right for it. People who find it there will be looking for something completely different, and therefore they'll be less likely to buy it. Think about your reader. What genre are they likely to go to to search for a book like yours? Next? Have you had your books? Kovar professionally designed the importance of having a professional book comedies. I cannot be stressed enough. This is one thing that every writer should be happy to shell out for without one. Readers simply can't take your book seriously and will assume the content is as amateur as the cover. Next, have you had your book professionally edited? Paying for a professional editor is so worth it if it means that your book is grammatically correct on error free. If it means you have to wait to publish your book, so be it. Your reputation is so important. Have you done everything you can to build positive reviews? Make sure you're always pushing for new people to read a review of your book. The more genuine positive reviews you have, the more people are likely to buy it. Have you made your book available as an able? Having your book on Lee available as a paperback is really selling yourself short. In order to make sure you appeal to as wide an audience as possible, it's important toe. Have your book available in both formats. Have you written more than one book? The more books you write, the more shelf space you take up and therefore the easier it is for readers to find you. Keep on writing, build up a collection on You'll be seen as a more professional and dedicated right to have you marketed your book in every way possible. Let's be honest. There's probably more we could all do. Always try to keep marketing your book and try everything you can think of to improve its visibility. If you want to. Yes, to all these questions, then you're giving yourself the very best chance possible to be discovered by your target readers on for them to enjoy ons. Spread the word about your book. Remember simply adding your book toe. Amazon's website isn't enough. It's all about how much time and effort you can dedicate to your book. That's what will most likely help see a boost in your sales. Make your book. 18. Get More Readers for Your Book!: marketing your book is arguably one of the hardest things and also has to do for many authors while they feel comfortable writing their stories, editing them and finding the best way to publish them. When it comes to actually getting people to read the books, they come to a grinding halt. The good news is that there's plenty you can do to promote your book on Find new readers so early. State considerable time and effort, and you won't always get it right the first time some require budgets on others are simpler , though perhaps not quite as effective. So let's look at some of the things you can try to encourage people to read your book on D V to find new readers. First, describe its Well, a good book club is your chance to really sell your book to people that stumble across it and can make all the difference between those who simply carry on browsing on those who click to buy. Learn how to make your book sound as exciting on enticing as possible. Think about what makes you decide to readable look at other book over blurbs on descriptions and gain some inspiration from there. Next book close. A good way of getting your boat more widely read is to offer it to book clubs. There are book clubs everywhere all over the world. Some are virtual and similar local groups. Find them, contact them on. Offer your book for free. You could even join in the discussion or come along to local groups to talk about it afterwards. Ask participants who loved it to promote it on social media. And so word of mouth will start to spread at next. Family and friends. When you first public short book, you're confident that all your friends and family will definitely bite. I'll write you glowing reviews, of course. After all, you've got over 200 friends on Facebook. You're practically be a bestseller one day. Well, unfortunately, the reality is that it is surprisingly often bafflingly difficult to get them to do it. Be persistent with your friends and family and make sure you ask. Everyone is interesting to discover that those friends who you haven't heard off from maybe five years are delighted to read your book. Getting your own sister to read, however, is like pulling teeth. Next. Get it into libraries approach your library on. Explain that you are a local author on. Ask if they would be willing to take a copy or two of your book. It may not be the way to sell more books, but once you are in, then it could lead to many people over the years reading your book, you could leave some cards promoting your book on the front desk. If you don't ask, you don't get next. Find your audience. Promoting your book is all about finding the right people to read it. The importance of figuring out who your audience is and then appealing directly to them cannot be under estimated. Take your time to research your audience. Who are they? Where are they? How do they shop? What excites them? What turns him on waters off. How much will they spend on a book? What time of day or they most likely to buy a book? Are they impulsive or cautious with their purchases? Do they love a bargain? What is irresistible to him? If you know your audience inside out, you'll find it much easier to come up with creative ways of reaching on next freebies. Let's face it everyone loves a freebie. One surefire way to get someone to read job is to give it to them for free. Do a good reads giveaway on you'll be surprised how many people enter gently asked if the winners would write, You were review if they enjoyed it. If you've published your book through Amazon, you could offer it for free on Kindle for a limited period of time. If you do, you're likely to see a real boost in sales, which could lead to more people. Buy your book even when the free period has ended. There are no miracles or short cuts when it comes to getting more people to read your book on a combination off. Persistence on experimentation is best. If you keep persevering and trying new things, there's no reason why you should see the sails off your increase. 19. Tips To Write Feature Articles: writing feature articles is a great skill. And if don't welcome a you a lot of money or businesses can use feature articles on their websites, and it's part of their marketing plan on. Of course, all publications need feature articles, too, so there's no shortage of man. But how do you learn how to write great feature articles once that you can pitch to publications? Businesses on make money From with these five simple tips, writing a feature article is easy, and they could be applied to any future article regardless of subject, which therefore turns you into a brilliant, versatile right Tip number one. Know your audience. This is so important and should have a massive influence on the style of writing the information you give the language you use, and so on. If you want clear about who you are targeting, asked the business or publication to clarify. Or that is still do your own research. To find out, you need to understand why the reader would come to that business for help, why they would choose to pick up that publication over all the others on what they are searching for. Are they reading for need or for pleasure. Are they looking for specific information or just to be entertained? Knowing your reader inside out before you start writing, we'll help tailor your article so it not only appeals to them, but that is exactly the right kind of content to help on satisfy them. Tip number. To understand the point before you begin writing your feature article, it's essential that you're clear or what purposes for after your reader has finished, what do you expect them to do next? Is there a desired action or reaction that you need the reader tohave? If so, make sure you're writing is geared towards that and is persuasive onto the point. Next, why should your reader want to read this? Step outside yourself for a moment? Think about your target reader. Would they want to read your article? If so, why? If not, why not? You need to understand what's in it for them. What benefits are there for the reader or why they would come to you as a source of these benefits or this information. Nowadays, you'll be hard pressed to find a subject that hasn't been covered elsewhere. So unless you're writing about something incredibly neige or unusual, you need to come up with a fresh angle or make your writing the absolute authority on that particular topic on next. Plan your information before you start writing. Do your research. Prepare your information on. Come up with a structure of how your article will flow. If you're writing for the Web, your star should be different to print features. This is because readers are form or lightly to skim. Read your information. Therefore, make sure you let them know what it's all about from your headline. Also, break the writing of into essential points so they can quickly absorb the information. Next, Be ready for questions. It's now so much easier for customers and readers to communicate on voice their opinions once they are finished with your piece. Be prepared for this and anticipate what questions they might have. Nothing looks worse than I'm not sure, response or worse, just radio silence. Readers are a lot more forgiving if you're happy to respond to them. So if someone is being particularly difficult, you may want to move this discretion away from the public eye by asking them to contact you directly. Once you have completed the steps, then he have done most of the hard work already. Therefore, writing your article should be a breeze. You'll be clear on tone, style and voice on purpose, as well as having the outline of your article already written so that you go interesting, useful and engaging content that will appeal to your target audience on motivated act Writing a feature article done on distance. 20. What Skills Does A Writer Need: today. What skills does a good writer need when it comes to being a successful writer? It's about so much more than merely putting pen to paper. There are so many skills that a writer needs to employ not only to write well but also to cope with stresses and pressures off the job. Working on all your skills will keep you being in the very best you can be. So let's take a look at the strengths and skills every writer needs on how we can work on them to become better, more productive and proficient at what we do. So, first of all, communication skills, being able to openly express your ideas is what being a writer is all about. Of course, it's important to be able to do so on paper, however, having the ability to speak about your ideas to summarize them succinctly on also listen to feedback from others and ask the right questions is also so useful when it comes to realizing your writing vision. Next observation, Onda detail writers need to be super observant. They need toe, have their eyes wide open at all times and pay attention to the little details of things. Being observant is not just about looking around you, however, it's also noticing the way people behave, interact on, react on the ability to understand and shoot into their motivations for doing so. Being a great observer of the world will help you develop your characters on create your own fictional worlds in unauthentic on exciting way. Next problem solving all writers come up against various problems is they work on being a good problem solver is so important. You need to be ableto analyze your ideas as well as be impartial and noticed the strengths and weaknesses in your text on come up with workable solutions to help your characters overcome obstacles and improve you're writing as a whole. I'm next. Patients on calm writing is all about playing the long game. Not only can it take a long time to pull together a great piece of work, but waiting to hear back from publishers takes ages to being calm and positive about your writing. Even in the face of rejection, will also keep you on the right track and minimize time spent wallowing. The next fearlessness writers need to be brave. They need to take risks to step outside their comfort zone on B okay with launching themselves into the unknown. Playing it safe just doesn't work for writers, so make sure you always write with courage a next spelling grammar on punctuation skills. Yes, on a more practical note, writers should always work to improve their spelling grammar. Andi punctuation Doing so will enable them to craft a better prose from the outset. A reduced time spent editing, too. Next research skills. An excellent piece of writing usually requires a lot of research. Being a good researcher takes practice, you need to know where to find information, the right questions to ask on which bits of what you have learned to include in your story to make it more believable. Researching is a skill that doesn't come naturally to all writers, but the more you do, the better you will become. When it comes to being a good writer, it's all about dedication and practice. If you want to be a professional on productive writer, it's essential that you understand what skills you need and keep working on them to continually improve 21. Ways To Make Money Writing: on today. Realistic ways to make money writing We'd all love to be best selling authors wouldn't way . But let's face it, trying to make my from writing books is a pretty tough business for most writers relying on book sales as their income just isn't feasible. However, many writers don't want their writing to simply be just a hobby. They want to write four time. So where do we find the balance? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make money writing. While they might not be as creative and exciting as being a published novelist, they will pay the bills and keep you doing what you love. So here are some realistic ways. Toe. Earn a living from your writing. First articles writing articles from magazines, newspapers and other prominent publications is a great way of earning money through your writing. And it's not as difficult as you might think. There are thousands of different publications out there, all of which need content every time they publish. If you have a great story, why not find a suitable publication on D? Pitch your idea to the editor. If you have a particular interest or hobby, use this to create useful, informative, engaging articles on Find a magazine, which specializes in that particular topic. There are publications on almost any Soviet, so use your interests and skills to help you land a great writing job. Remember, article writing is a skill on. You need to make sure you do your research. Follow submission guidelines. Aunt stick to any deadlines. If an editor rejects your suggestions, it doesn't mean you can't come back with another one. So just keep trying and you could end up with a regular writing gig writing about something you are passionate about on next blocks writing guess blocks for popular bloggers remains largely unpaid, though it is a good way to get exposure. However, there are some exceptions where bloggers remain on the lookout for good quality writers to join them on will pay handsomely in return. It's also a good idea to think about right in your own blood. If your starts to gain a following, you'll soon have advertisers asking if they can place adverts on your block. Next content creation. Many businesses are on the lookout for savvy content creators to write for them. The position could include writing anything from landing pages to press releases but will keep you writing on, and we'll pay the bills to on next creative writing. If writing anything other than fiction sounds unbearable to you, there are also plenty of opportunities to write short stories and even poetry on submit lease to relevant publications. If accepted, you can expect to be paid and could even be asked to become a regular contributor. If you're really serious about making a living, writing, these could be great ways to get you started. It may not feel as glamorous and dreamy as landing a juicy publishing contract, but it will mean you can support yourself. Continue to develop your skills as a writer on Still Have Time to work on your other creative projects as well. Now that's got to be better than sitting you in your office at your regular 9 to 5 job day . Dreaming of a life as a writer, right 22. How To Be A Great Travel Writer: on today How to be a great travel writer. Travel writing is one of the most competitive and popular topics to write about. Let's face it dreams of jetting around the world to state stunning hotels wandering around beautiful beaches. Trying local delicacies is pretty appealing, right? And if you can get to the top of your game, someone will actually pay you to do all of that just for writing about it. It certainly doesn't sound like a bad career choice if you ask. May. However, breaking into travel writing can be tricky on if you're hoping to give it a go. There are several things that you need to know before you sit down on put pen to paper first. Know your area now? That is not to say you have to be a season traveler. To become a travel writer obviously helps if you've been to the places you're writing about . But if you're just setting out with limited time and money, this may be difficult. If you can't get often explore just yet, then make sure you do some thorough research before you start. Read a lot about the area before you start to make sure you're fully clued up on the cuisine culture on things to see and do. Watching videos is another great way to immerse yourself in a place on really understand the atmosphere outlet. When it comes to write in your article, you need to understand and follow the same basic structure every time. There are the typical questions that every reader will want to know when reading a travel article. Where, when, who? Why? How on what are all the basic ingredients that should form the basis of the article? This is true of many feature articles and news stories. You need to give the reader this information to engage them and keep them reading. Get a good brief travel articles come in all shapes and sizes. Some editors are looking for factual, non flowery pieces that simply describe things in a matter of fact, way packing the content with useful, factually accurate information and nothing more. Others, however, are looking for a peaceful, off anecdotes and rich, descriptive language, which tells a story and helps the reader to truly imagine what it would be like to be there , perhaps persuading them that they need to book their ticket right away. getting a solid brief from an editor means that you know what kind your article should be. Write it up accordingly. Next knowledge and passion, knowledge and passion are usually desirable and should come across in your writing. The vast majority of travel articles are written in order to persuade the reader to make them interested in that particular place on ignite a desire in them to visit it themselves . Even if you have been asked to write a more factual piece, there's still room for this to come across. As with all articles, your lead must be succinct on attention grabbing on. You must immediately make it clear where you are talking about the When is where you can bring in details about the season. The WHO is the rightist perspective at an opportunity to connect with the reader. The why explains the reason the writer is in that particular destination? How is the storyline on what are the details? The facts that stories of people end your article on a high end your article on a high summarizing what the article is about in an interesting way and, if required, ensure you have a strong, unclear court or action, so your readers know exactly what they need to do next. Travel writing is a fantastic industry to write for and can lead to some truly wonderful, life changing experiences. So if you're hoping to become a travel writer, follow these tips and see where it takes you.