Self-Publishing Goals: 4 Tips for The Merriest Time Of The Year

If you’re self-publishing, remember that the holidays are coming, and that they’re the big-spending times of the year. Some authors have already published Christmas-themed short stories, or have factored them into their publishing schedule. Others are developing planners and goal-setting templates, ready for the end of the year and January sales. Have you created goals for the next few months? … Read more

Increase Your Writing Income Painlessly: Be Yourself, Get Creative

Do you wish you could increase your writing income? Here’s a big tip: be yourself. Please stop rolling your eyes, this isn’t a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Being yourself means that you enjoy your writing. When you enjoy it, not only will you be more creative, you’ll be more productive too. “Be yourself” applies: If you’re a freelance writer. Think about your … Read more

Writing Fiction: 3 Strategies To Keep You Writing

Frustrated? When you’re writing fiction, frustration is a given: you’ll often become annoyed. Please expect that. Every project is different, regardless of what you’re writing. Last week, an author told me she was ready to give up. She’d started a series, and although the first book sold well, the second wasn’t moving at all. Moreover, the third novel was a … Read more

A Plotting Challenge: When Fictional Characters Won’t Behave

Confused about plotting? A reader said that she’s giving up on her current novel because “her characters won’t behave.” She doesn’t like them, nor does she believe in them. Here’s a secret. Misbehaving characters can be a GOOD thing. Usually, it happens when you’re trying to make a character do something he can’t naturally do. It’s wonderful: it means that … Read more