What tips would you give to amateur writers, or people who are looking to get into creative writing?

There are thousands of tips. Here are a few: Don’t expect to earn your living as a writer because it’s very hard but, as an avocation, it’s great. If you truly want to make your living writing, then spend a whole lot of time finding out what kinds of writing pays and how to do …

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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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