How To Survive Resting Your Draft Novel #SundayBlogShare #Writer


Resting a draft novel can be a challenging time for some writers.

We generally fall into two camps when it comes to letting our beloved draft novel rest. There are those of us who are relieved to see the back of our story and welcome some time apart from it, and there are some of us who struggle with the separation.

The latter fail to see the benefits of taking a break from working on something all of the time. Putting an important project away for a month makes them feel uncomfortable. Their literary babies are too precious to walk away from. They need constant attention.

This blog post is dedicated to those writers who, like me, get a little teary at the thought of being apart from their future bestseller and struggle to rest a draft novel.

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A Good Idea Isn’t Always Good Enough

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

There’s more to an idea than just a thought process.

Before I rebranded this blog in 2015, I thought long and hard about a name and tagline. Finally realizing I wanted this to be an informational and inspirational hub for writers to Do All The Writing Things — and not just me talking about myself all the time, ugh — helped me create my blog’s simultaneous tagline and purpose statement:

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Friday Roundup – 6th July

Stevie Turner

Thanks to the authors/bloggers below for these writing tips:

1.  Paul Thayer for these tips on structuring sentences:

Four basic sentence structures you should know

2.  Just Publishing Advice for these book marketing tips:

3. Life Hacker for these common grammatical mistakes:

4.  Stephen Bentley with details of Reedsy’s new book formatter:

5.  Erica Verrillo for this list of publishers accepting non-fiction:

6.  TCK Publishing on why authors should not use social media:

7.  Rachel Poli for this info on what book bloggers want authors to know:

8.  Erica Verrillo for these writing conferences:

9.  Ted of Ice Cube Marketing for this info on building an author landing page:

10.  Connie Jasperson on editing your own work:

Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting

11.  Paid Author gives some of the best ebook promotion sites:

12.  Failing at Writing on what makes Stephen King’s…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Staci Troilo

Well, Independence Day (for the US) has come and gone. It got me thinking a lot about the freedoms so many of us take for granted, which ultimately led me to this quote.

I try very hard not to ignore or abuse such a poignant gift as freedom. I’m sure I could do better at times, but when I think of all the sacrifices made over the years, how can I not be in awe? How can I not be moved?

With the impact of battles hard won and losses too important to be forgotten, my petty hardships mean precious little. And my victories seem equally trivial.

So, this week, instead of my typical week-in-review post, I’ll leave you with the words of Oscar Wilde and the sentiment I think we all can relate to:

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

And now, this…

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The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Ilan Nass.

The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors

Facebook book marketing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo by

Facebook Ads are useful to marketers because they offer the chance to track a wide range of metrics. However, determining how effective a campaign actually is requires understanding which metrics are worth tracking, and which you can ignore.

Authors who are just beginning to use Facebook Ads often don’t realize that the statistics and data Facebook highlights often don’t fully illustrate a campaign’s return on investment |(ROI). That’s why, when you’re just starting out, it can be helpful to partner with an experienced Facebook marketing agency. Doing so will help you develop a thorough understanding of how to succeed with Facebook ads.

But, if you’d like to get an idea of the process behind selecting and tracking important campaign metrics, keep reading.

Metrics to exclude

First of all, it’s a good idea…

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It’s a Celebration

In the U.S., today we celebrate our Nation’s independence for freedom. We spend time with family and friends, eat too much food, and watch fireworks light up the sky.

Living on the east coast, we’re experiencing record high temperatures. Thankfully, the mountain temperatures are a little less than other parts of the area, and the humidity isn’t as high here either. So, have a cold drink, and celebrate the summer holidays with a cold drink and a good read.

Two books on sale for the special price of $0.99.

The perfect beach read, Haunted Hearts. In this book, travel to Charleston, South Carolina – it’s the first paranormal mystery in the Lana Malloy series.  You can access an excerpt here.

Pebble Beach Coast Before Coming Storm

Cool things off with a winter location read, Love’s Endurance – a stand alone novelette about one woman’s struggle with devastating news and the strain it has on her marriage. You can access an excerpt here.

Mother and child girl on a winter walk

In the meantime, I’m working on a stand-alone romantic mystery, For the Love of Money. With retirement coming the end of the month, counting down the days (23 to go), the goal is to finish the novel before the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


How to Use a “Time Block” to Get More Writing Done

A Writer's Path

by Lauren Sapala

I’ve worked with a lot of writers over the past eight years and I can honestly say that there really is one thing that separates the writers who are going to make it from the writers who are not. I know, I know—there are many different variables at play. Believing in yourself, joining a supportive community, finding your audience. I’m not disputing that those factors influence a writer’s success. But the thing I’m talking about is way more basic than anything else.

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How To Become a Professional Author

A Writer's Path

by Laura Peters

Becoming an established author is easier today than it has ever been in the past. That is thanks to services like Createspace and Lightning Source that enable anyone with the skills to self-publish their work in a print-on-demand format.

However, getting your books onto Amazon doesn’t guarantee anyone will buy or read your stories. With that in mind, this article will provide you with a short step-by-step guide you can use to ensure you get the best results from your efforts.

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7 Most Useful Legal Tips for Writers

Nicholas C. Rossis

When I started my Indie career, I realized one of my most useful skills was my experience with Internet marketing. But I constantly wished I was experienced in legal matters, too. Which is why I was so excited to meet Lucy Taylor, a legal expert at LY Lawyers. Luckily for us, Lucy is also an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her tips and suggestions with her online readers. Lucy often helps people dealing with legal problems, addictions, and crime. Today, Lucy will share with us some useful tips for writers.

7 Most Useful Legal Tips for Writers

Legal tips for writers | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookWhether you’re writing a blog post or the next great novel, there’s a responsibility that comes with publishing any creative work. Many people don’t realize it, but there’s quite a bit of legal navigation that comes with being a writer, both in protecting your own work and respecting the rights of others. Here are…

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The Unspoken Communication Between a Writer & Their Draft Novel #SundayBlogShare #Writer #Writing


I have been itching to cover this important and thought-provoking subject for a while.

To the non-writer a draft novel is just a folder stuffed with paper. They don’t see it as a living thing. If you asked them whether a draft novel was capable of communicating with a human, the non-writer would probably laugh, roll their eyes or frown before asking whether you had been in the sun for too long.

To the writer their draft novel is a living thing. It communicates with them regularly, even when they are trying to avoid it. A draft novel senses when the writer is ready to write and it knows when the writer is actively trying to avoid it.

Once you start delving into this strange phenomenon of unspoken communication you will see why a writer’s life is so exhausting.

With so much unspoken communication going on between you and your draft…

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