Short Fiction: Why Write Shorties?

I adore writing short fiction. It’s the only way I can keep several pen names going concurrently and have time to ghostwrite short fiction as well. Recently I did a Q & A with my Pro Fiction class (sorry, it’s invitation only) on writing short stories. A couple of the students weren’t keen on short fiction. They were new to … Read more

Short Fiction Self-Publishing: Turn A Few Hours Into Book Sales

Love writing short fiction? You can spend a few hours writing, then publish something readers love… And turn those readers into fans. This was brought home to me recently. I asked my fiction writing students: had writing short stories made a difference to their self-publishing business? Short fiction: how one author turned her self-publishing career around One author said she … Read more

Motivation Monday: The Trap Of Productivity For Writers

I’m a huge fan of everything productivity-related, especially productivity for writers. I can click my way around the web for minutes and hours on end, devotedly researching—hoping to find one magic strategy or trick. Here’s why: writing is hard work. When you’re researching, you’re not writing… However, you’re blithely certain that one day, really soon, you’ll find something which will … Read more

Your Writing Business: Get Started Today

I’ve received some questions about what you need to start a writing business. The short answer is: “you need a customer; someone to buy your writing.” But what if you’re not sure what kind of writing business you want? You might set up as a freelance writer, or maybe you want to self-publish books… Decide what your ideal writing business … Read more

Begin A Freelancing Career: Get Paid To Write Today

Recently I’ve received lots of questions from freelance beginners; they want to get paid to write, but how do you get started? You have a couple of options: Write something like a book or an online course and sell your creation; or Offer your writing services—that is, sell your writing skills. Want to get paid to write? Sell your skills … Read more