What does it take to have a career in writing?

What does it take to be a career writer? Several things come to mind: Patience Guts A professional mindset Hard work A thick skin Belief in yourself The ability to live on practically nothing, an ability that may only be necessary for a brief time but that might be permanent because writers today earn, on average, half of what they earned just …

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How can creative writing help someone cope with their mental illness?

Many people with mental or emotional issues use creative writing to ‘write out’ their problems. The structure required to put together a creative work forces them to put structure to what they experience. That structure helps them put the problem into some kind of order and, with order, they may finally be able to make …

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The Pathfinder, book one of Wilderness Women

Here's the cover for the first book of the Wilderness Women series, The Pathfinder. It's not published yet though it's finished because I'm giving myself a lot of time to look for typos. I've never had someone else go through my manuscripts for typos. Instead, I've always done it myself and I've discovered that I …

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Should I write all three books in a trilogy before publishing the first one?

Should you write all three books in a trilogy before publishing the first one? There are two thoughts about this: If you are an experienced author, you can do it however you wish because you know before you start how long it will take to complete the trilogy. This is important because an author should …

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Should I continue writing even after receiving bad critiques?

Should you continue writing after receiving bad critiques? It depends…. If you never, ever receive a good critique about anything you write and you also never, ever change how you write, then maybe you should consider some other occupation. On the other hand, you might consider learning read criticism in a constructive way because that …

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What is the best urban fantasy cliche to avoid?

What cliches should urban fantasy avoid? My answer is the purely personal preference that a story not have too many! Too many impossible magical situations. Too many different kinds of fantasy creatures. There’s a thing that’s called deus ex machina (spelling might be wrong). It refers to operas in which the story got so complicated …

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I”m writing a book where the main characters are triplets, however their names all end in ‘vim.’ Should I do something about this or will the names not be a problem?

How to give characters names that can easily be distinguished from names of other characters? This is something that irritates me often. Why do so many authors give names to their characters that are so similar to other characters’ names that the reader needs a written list to keep them apart? But it happens. Try …

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How is e-book writing different from writing a traditional print book?

How is writing e-books different from writing traditional bricks-and-mortar books? Having made the transition from writing for traditional, bricks-and-mortar publishers to writing for e-publishers, I feel somewhat qualified to answer this question and can state unequivocally that here are several differences that should inform what you write and how you write it. The differences that …

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