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Let’s play a game. It’s called, “How do I become a successful writer?” While it’s not easy, Writer’s Relief has been in the game for a long time (almost 20 years!), so we’ll give you a hint: With these five game-changing skills, you can be sure the odds are in your favor.
After much consideration, you’ve decided to take the plunge and develop your online presence with a shiny new author website. Now comes the important part— making sure your site is well designed. You want the style and function of your author website to turn curious visitors into dedicated fans. To capture the interest of even your most casual reader, here are five must-have design essentials for your website.
All right, so you are trying to break into the ranks of writers with publishing credits and all you want to know is: “What can make MY writing stand out from the rest?” While there’s no absolute answer that guarantees recognition, publication, and fame, these five quick tips are a great place to start.
A mailing list can be a powerful tool for reaching out to fans with fresh content and updates on your writing career. But with great power comes great responsibility. Let’s take a look at some dos and don’ts for an author mailing list.
The personal essay is more than a diary entry for the masses. You probably don’t want people to read your journal as is, but chances are, having a literary magazine say that they want to publish your feelings, opinions, and observations sounds pretty darn good. The trick is to move past the egocentric style of a journal entry to create a narrative tale others can relate to. Here are four tips that we have found successful in getting editors to say, “Yes!” to your submission.
There are a lot of reasons for a writer to have a pen name—from a difficult-to-pronounce (and therefore difficult-to-remember) last name, to switching genres, to privacy needs, and others. But you might be confused about just how far you should take it. Do you really commit to it and make no mention of your real name, or do you give out both and risk confusion? The following guidelines will help you with those decisions.
As writers, most of us would admit to sometimes stifling our own potential because we’re afraid to fail at something new. In fact, most people can say that about their lives in general. But, because we are creative people, we have to expect more of ourselves than the status quo. But that expectation isn’t just limited to our lifestyles; we have to see new places, meet new people, and pursue new experiences—but we also have to push ourselves to try new things in the writing itself.
If you never experiment with your style, you’ll only ever be capable of what you’re already good at today. We’re hoping that you won’t be satisfied with just what you do well at this moment, but that you’ll try some of the following suggestions and push yourself to new heights in your writing.
Point of View (or “POV”) can be one of the most important choices you make for your novel or short story, long before you ever put your pen to the paper. Determining the “voice” of your work early on can be the difference between a literary flop and a timeless classic. Below is some information that will help you choose the point of view that will be best for the piece you’re writing.
Many writers have to work hard to express confidence in their own writing, sweating through open mike readings, struggling with promoting themselves online, and—this may be the worst of all—introducing themselves at meet-and-greet events like conferences and writing retreats. The following tips will help you prepare for those encounters so that you can represent yourself and your writing to literary agents, editors, and fellow writers with professionalism and confidence.