by Teagan Berry
Congratulations. You’ve just finished a novel. You’ve taken some time to decompress and relax, away from the world of writing, but now you need to dive in and start getting your piece ready for publication.
The first edit. That’s a term I’ve mentioned before, even written a whole post about it. Though looking back on the process I went through then, I should have probably titled that blog post The First Rewrite. Because when it comes down to it, that’s what it really was.
Continue reading Why You Should Rewrite and Not Edit
by Meg Dowell
There’s more to an idea than just a thought process.
Before I rebranded this blog in 2015, I thought long and hard about a name and tagline. Finally realizing I wanted this to be an informational and inspirational hub for writers to Do All The Writing Things — and not just me talking about myself all the time, ugh — helped me create my blog’s simultaneous tagline and purpose statement:
Continue reading A Good Idea Isn’t Always Good Enough
A Writer’s Path now provides book cover design services (among others). I’ve gathered several quality providers who all do great work.
Click here for the main details page.
Here are some examples (click to enlarge), although more examples exist on the main details page.
Continue reading Book Cover Design Now Available
by Lauren Sapala
I’ve worked with a lot of writers over the past eight years and I can honestly say that there really is one thing that separates the writers who are going to make it from the writers who are not. I know, I know—there are many different variables at play. Believing in yourself, joining a supportive community, finding your audience. I’m not disputing that those factors influence a writer’s success. But the thing I’m talking about is way more basic than anything else.
It’s how a writer manages her time.
And yes, it is basic, but it’s also super difficult.
Continue reading How to Use a “Time Block” to Get More Writing Done
by Laura Peters
Becoming an established author is easier today than it has ever been in the past. That is thanks to services like Createspace and Lightning Source that enable anyone with the skills to self-publish their work in a print-on-demand format.
However, getting your books onto Amazon doesn’t guarantee anyone will buy or read your stories. With that in mind, this article will provide you with a short step-by-step guide you can use to ensure you get the best results from your efforts.
Continue reading How To Become a Professional Author
by Lindsey Richardson
Let’s talk about the 7 month break I took from writing. That’s right… 7 months. It was my longest to date break from writing. And the break happened for several reasons. The kind of reasons where I just didn’t have the proper inspiration or passion to write.
Continue reading When You Begin Writing After a Long Break
It’s been due time for me to publish a book under my personal name, so here you are. I’ve been focusing on a pen name for a while, but that’s no excuse.
I had the urge to write in a post-apocalyptic (which apparently is a difficult word to spell) world, and it turned out to be a lot of fun to write. I might revisit the world again one day.
Check out the summary:
Shadows of Tomorrow features two thrilling, post-apocalyptic short stories, Only One Mask and The Price of Art.
Continue reading New Release! Shadows of Tomorrow: 2 Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories
by AR Huelsenbeck
I read a lot of blogs. I follow nearly 300, and I check out new blogs all the time. If you follow me or you’ve left a comment on ARHtistic License or you’ve tweeted something that interested me, I’ve probably taken a look at your blog.
There are thousands of great blogs out there. And, sadly, there are thousands of terrible blogs out there.
How do you know if your blog is one of the bad ones? Here are some signs.
Continue reading 12 Worst Blogging Mistakes
by Andrea Lundgren
I’ve been thinking about how we humans clean things up. Sometimes, we do it begrudgingly, sometimes compulsively. How we feel (and how close we are to a deadline) usually determines whether our efforts are frantic or methodical. When rushed or pressured, we can get rid of stuff we really should’ve kept, and I think this applies to editing, too.
Continue reading How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing
by Michael Cristiano
Not being able to write is a sad fact of life for a writer. There’s laundry to do, there’s food to cook, there’s sleep to be had. Worse, I have this pesky illness that eats up a lot of my time. I toil day in and day out to keep it at bay and under control. Sometimes, it creeps into my evenings, just when I think I’ve escaped. Worse, the horror of it all often keeps me awake at night and the dread fills my dreams with terror and sadness.
Oh, I’m not sick… I have a 9-to-5 job.
Continue reading 15 Thoughts Every Writer Has When They Aren’t Writing