Tips and Tricks from the Editor

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Tip of the Day: Your writer’s platform will constantly change.

As we develop and grow as writers, so too must our writer’s platforms. We learn from our past and press forward into the future. Technology changes, as will the industry as a whole. If we don’t change with the times, then we’ll get swallowed up, never to resurface again. If you want to succeed in the writing industry, or any other industry for that matter, then you need to be prepared to adapt and change. In fact, your current activities may not be suitable in the future. Your platform, however it manifests itself, needs to reflect your current situation, developing and […]

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Tip of the Day: Simple is often better.

Most of us have heard it at least once: don’t over-complicate things. It’s the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Our writing is the same. The moment we try to over-complicate a story plot is the moment that plot is no longer believable. If an action is logical and is where the story wants to head, then use it. Don’t try to force another plot, just because the logical progression is simple. KISS!

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Tip of the Day: Strive for something you can be proud of, not perfection.

There is a fear among many writers that we have to get it right the first time, but this is only an excuse. We often say that our first drafts are just a stepping stone and require significant work to shape them into something worth reading. However, many become stifled in their road toward publication because they are aiming for perfection. Unfortunately, perfection doesn’t exist. In everything you don’t, don’t waste your energy on trying to be perfect. Instead strive for something that you can be proud of.

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Tip of the Day: Set new goals, small steps toward for your dreams.

It’s not far away… New Years… Time to set some new goals: ones that are achievable but are small steps toward your dreams. Make them baby steps if you have to, but don’t set yourself up to fail. As you come to work on your goals, each one you tick off will give you that emotional boost needed to attack the next one. Once you have set your goals, make them public. It’s strange how it happens, but making goals public actually imposes accountability. If you watch my personal blog, my own goals will eventually go public too.

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Tip of the Day: Take time to reflect on your journey to date.

The end of the year is fast approaching. It’s probably time to sit and reflect on your journey from the past year, but don’t focus on the things that you didn’t achieve. Focus on what you have learned and how you’ve grown. It’s okay that you didn’t finish that novel like you had planned, but look at how it’s changed over the last year and how much your writing has developed. These are all massive changes and are worth celebrating. Now is the time to celebrate.

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Tip of the Day: Not all references and suggestions work for everyone.

As I said previously, there are literally mountains of books on writing out there, but the reason there are so many books about how to write is because there are literally mountains of different approaches to writing. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. This goes for all aspects of writing, including the marketing. Take the ideas and suggestions that people give you with a critical eye. While those ideas might have some useful tips in them, they won’t necessarily be the Gold Standard. They can give you somewhere to start, but eventually, you will need to […]

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Tip of the Day: Reading about writing will only get you so far.

There are literally mountains of books about writing. Some are good and some are not-so-good. However, you can’t read about writing forever. Eventually, you need to just write — and edit. There is a saying: practice makes perfect. While one can never expect to have perfect writing, the only way to truly develop your craft is to actually write.

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Tip of the Day: Just staring at the screen… Take a break.

Are you just staring at the computer screen wondering what you should be doing? Is your eyesight going all fuzzy and your head feeling a little foggy? It’s time for a break. You are allowed to have an off day and just get up from that computer to do something else. Yes, it is a problem when it’s happening time and time again, however, this form of writer’s block is your brain’s way of telling you that something needs to change. Get something to drink and sit somewhere else for a while. That little break might be all you need […]

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