Y is for You

Y is for You

Y is for You. You’ve now had a chance to read twenty-four essays about writing. You’ve had the opportunity to answer questions about every topic, organizing your personal thoughts. Along the way, you’ve certainly found some advice that conflicts with your own knowledge or beliefs. You’ve read suggestions that will never work for you, given what you write, or how you write. And that’s okay. No writing advice book is perfect for all writers at...

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X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure. (Yeah, so sue me. Or give me an idea of another “X” word to write about.) Before an author publishes a book, they revise it, edit it, copyedit it, proofread it, and format it.  Through each of those iterations, the book becomes better and better. By the time it hits stores, it’s the best version of that book the author could write. But that’s not enough for the book to sell well. Rather, potential readers need to learn that...

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W is for Workspace

W is for Workspace

W is for Workspace. Every author has a preferred workspace. Lucky authors get to work under those conditions on a regular basis. Everyone else figure out ways to make do. A workspace has many elements.  First, authors have to have some way of setting down their words. Some people work with pen and paper. Others work on computers (including phones, tablets, and anything else that takes typed or tapped input.)  Others record their work, using...

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V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for vanity publishing. Once upon a time, it was easy to spot the vanity publishers (also known as vanity presses or subsidized publishers.)  They were the ones who advertised in magazines, promising to turn an author’s brilliant prose into printed books. They hinted at magnificent fame and fortune, all there for the asking—if only an author paid a large sum of money up front. As frustrating as vanity publishing was, it was easy to warn off...

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U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly. There are some ugly truths about writing, things no one wants to talk about, no one wants to admit. I’m talking about the emotions we all try to hide away. What emotions?  How about: Anxiety (or its cousins, Fear and Frustration):  Some authors fear they’ll never be able to capture the stories they see inside their heads; they fear they don’t have the skill, the ability to communicate those images. Even when an author succeeds in...

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