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10 Tips To Rock NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is National Novel Writing Month, where hundreds of thousands of writers gather to bang out many many words in a month. Many writers skip it and many writers treat it as a yearly pilgrimage to Writing Mecca. NaNoWriMo is my birthday present to myself each year.

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10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online

What’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs? Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out. These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing

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Podcasting: Are You Missing Out on the Next Big Thing?

It might seem counter-intuitive to suggest that podcasting is the next big thing for writers. After all, writing is well, written and read and podcasting is well, spoken and listened to 🙂 But there’s no real difference. One is the written word and one is the spoken word. And unless you are improvising, the written

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How to Find Your Voice as an Artist: James Victore

Does it really matter what other people think of your art? When should you seek advice, critique, and opinion—and when should you trust your voice? In this episode of Character Test, I talk with author and designer James Victore about what happens when you stop seeking the opinions of others and start making art you

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The Emotional Power of Connected Settings

Chances are, you’ve heard of deep point of view. Imagine a camera lens that zooms in for a close-up; deep POV is when the description filters directly through the point-of-view character (usually the protagonist) on a deep, emotional level. When readers see what he sees and feel what he feels, it allows for intimate characterization

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How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring

Say you’ve only got a small amount of money (for example, $250) to spend on marketing your book. What should you spend it on? How can you use those resources most effectively? Here are our recommendations for what to purchase. #1: A Website ($9–$29/month) First and foremost you need a website. A website is your

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A Challenge to Write Life-Changing Fiction (+Giveaway)

Stories have intentions. That wonderful idea was just one of many nuggets I found myself highlighting in what has so far turned out to be my surprise read of the year—noted literary agent Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction. Like many of you, I cut my teeth on Maass’s now-classic Writing the Breakout Novel, but

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Yourself

“Just be yourself” is probably the worst advice we could ever receive or give a person. Few of us actually know who we really are. And yet, if we can acquire this art of self-awareness, everything changes. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you

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4 Pro Tips For Mastering Deep POV

by Lisa Hall-Wilson Many people take my deep point of view master classes because they’re looking to create an emotional gut punch for readers. They want readers to feel like they’re IN the story, in real time, and digging deep emotionally is the powerhouse tool of deep point of view. Many writers have heard of

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