Tag: Writing Tips

Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Last week I talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and this week I want to talk about what indie publishing really entails. From first draft to marketing after you’ve published, self-publishing (and traditional publishing) takes a lot of time and effort, and I want to shine a light on some of the concrete steps that Continue reading “Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?”

Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing

Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing

I said I was taking a blogging hiatus… but then I was talking in one of my writing groups about publishing and the pros and cons of traditional and indie publishing, and I realized I could write a whole blog series on publishing. And since a lot of people are going to be working on finishing first drafts this month, it seemed like a decent time. (Not that I’m saying people should publish their first drafts. Definitely edit your work. But the conclusion of a first draft is a good time to start thinking about your long-term plans for it.) Now, most of the posts in this series are going to be about indie/self-publishing, because that’s what I have the most experience with, but this post is all about Continue reading “Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing”

6 Tips and Tricks for NaNoWriMo Success

6 Tips and Tricks for NaNoWriMo Success

We’re down to a month until NaNoWriMo, and Preptober has officially begun! As we officially enter NaNo mode, I’d like to share a handful of tips and tricks that have helped me achieve NaNoWriMo success and will hopefully help you, whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth. Continue reading “6 Tips and Tricks for NaNoWriMo Success”

5 Favorite Writing Reference Books

Full disclosure: I don’t read writing books as much as I maybe should. I tend to wing things, or read blog posts, or take courses (mostly wing things… I’m working on it). But I do have a pretty decent writing resource library, and I have actually read a few of the books in it, and they’re worth recommending, so here are five writing books that I’ve found helpful. Continue reading “5 Favorite Writing Reference Books”

5 Tips for Keeping a Writing Habit

5 Tips for Keeping a Writing Habit

Last Monday the Go Teen Writers 100-for-100 Challenge began, which is a challenge to write 100 words each day for 100 days. So far it’s been a huge boost for me and it’s gotten me actually putting my butt in the chair and my fingers to the keyboard for the past nine days (with one exception). Not only is it helping me boost the word count of my current project, but it’s also helping me to do something that almost every writing blog will tell you to do: build a habit. This is something I’ve always struggled with, but I’ve discovered a couple of tips that have helped me maintain my habit over the past week. Continue reading “5 Tips for Keeping a Writing Habit”