5 Tips for Writers During the Christmas Season


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and preparations. Besides the season involves creativity, and we simply can’t resist the urge to simply BE in the moment. My excuses race from one exciting activity […]

Disciplines Every Writer Must Have

A Look at the Writing Process

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by Alycia W. Morales    @AlyciaMorales If I’m going to be a writer, there are a few disciplines I’m going to have find within myself. They are vital to my writing career. Without them, I probably won’t ever see my work in print. Not because my writing isn’t good, but because I will never finish anything. […]

When Publishing Doesn’t Go Your Way

19 Things to Remember


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson It’s easy to get discouraged in the writing industry. It’s a tough business, and as they say on Project runway, “One day you’re in, and one day you’re out.” So what’s a writer to do? Here’s my list of things to remember when publishing doesn’t go your way: We always have […]

Two Simple Ways to Stay Relevant

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by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Four years ago, I wouldn’t have considered myself an early adopter of anything, much less someone who was “relevant.” I’m more the “wait-and-see what happens” type of person. I’d rather learn from what someone else is doing than jump two feet in and make a mistake. Once I started writing and […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

How To Welcome New Followers


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Have you ever attended a party? Joined a club? Spent the first day on a new job? Visited a church? Moved into a new neighborhood? What is the one thing that helped you survive the newness? That’s easy—being welcomed and feeling you are appreciated is vital to any endeavor. Our followers […]

30 Things Writers Have to Be Thankful For


by Alycia W. Morales      @AlyciaMorales Sometimes we writers tend to focus on the negative things happening in our writing life rather than the positives. Maybe you’ve been waiting to hear back from an agent or editor … for months. Maybe you’ve gotten discouraged as you watch the end of NaNoWriMo approach, and you’ve only got […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

Social Media Etiquette - Or Why My Grandmother Would Love Social Media


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Social media is a return to a simpler age. And I’m convinced that my grandmother would approve of social media. More than that, I think she’d have enjoyed it. I can see the skepticism on your faces from here, but bear with me. I think you’ll see the connection. First, I’d […]