Every Writer Should Have a Blog

You’ve probably heard from your friends, family, or fellow writers, “Hey, you should start a blog!” and they are right! Every writer should have a blog! You should start a blog, but you may be asking yourself if it’s worth it. Well, it definitely is, and let’s talk about why.

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Book Clubs and Their Benefit for Writers

One of the first pieces of advice you will ever receive as a writer is to read. Subconsciously, reading helps you learn to write in a variety of ways: you pick up grammar skills, you learn a variety of writing styles, you learn about story structure, character development, etc. All these are wonderful skills that every writer needs to develop. However, reading is a solo activity in most cases, and completely internal. Two writers could read the same novel, and each come away with totally different opinions, skills, thoughts, etc. One piece of advice I wish I received when I began to pursue writing is to read… and join a book club.


Word Counts, How Important Are They?

When I first integrated myself into the writing community, I found the obsession with word count to be so odd. NaNoWriMo? Based solely on word count. Writing sprints? Based on word count (most of the time). Genre? Has preferred word counts. Novels? Novellas? Short stories? Flash fiction? All based on word count.

Success is linked to word count, and I can see why. Almost every aspect of the writing and publishing process is linked to your work’s word count. I, personally, hate word counts. I feel like they are stifling to writers, though some people find them to be helpful and keep them motivated. Regardless of my opinions, though, word counts are important, and here is why:


Being a Writer Isn’t All About Writing

The first step to becoming a writer is simply to start writing. Throw words on a page and you are immediately a writer. However, to become a published writer, it takes a lot more than just writing. Above all, a writer must have a system for writing. Despite what a lot of blogs, Twitter accounts, and Pinterest boards might say, writing is only the beginning of becoming a published writer. Here are some things you need to do to become a successfully published writer:


Social-Networking on Social Media as a Writer

Social-networking is only as effective as the person who does it. One key part of social-networking is using those social media platforms. You can have an account on every social networking site/app in existence, but that doesn’t mean squat if you don’t use them. Here are some tricks, tips, and tools you can use to keep your social media game top-notch:


The Difference Between Discipline and Stunting Yourself as a Writer

When my whole life has revolved around one, one project for more than a month or two, I go into a type of cruise control. I zone out and just go through the same motions every day. I would absolutely kill to write something else, but as a writer I have always heard that if you stop at any point during a large project, you can hang up finishing it. Chances are you’ll never get back to working on your project because you’ll be too busy working on something else, losing all discipline.


First Rejection Letter of 2019

Not many people would be excited about receiving a rejection letter, and I’m thrilled that my work has been rejected. However, I am sure there are plenty of you out there who are also receiving your first rejection letter of 2019. While this isn’t fun, I do want to congratulate everyone who has received a rejection letter this year. Whether it be your first or your 50th, the fact that you submitted at all is a wonderful achievement.


6 Ways to Make Your Characters Pack an Emotional Punch

I’m reading a book right now that is making me feel things. This, from a writer’s perspective, is an awesome accomplishment. The author has created characters that make me hurt. As a result, he has put me in scenarios that scare me, all despite it being based in a fantasy world. Even so, it moves me and carries real world weight for me as a reader. How cool is that? I wanted to take a moment and figure out what made this character real to me: