When you compare the pace of the "substantial happenings" in your work to best-selling books, does yours hold up? Analyzing the structural language of a New York Times best seller can give you a whole new view of writing and how great stories are put together.

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The Internet brings unprecedented opportunity, but it can also kill your writing career if you're not careful! Don't let DomainNameInfluence erase the grammar rules you learned in school.

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Knowing writing rules doesn't guarantee you'll produce stellar written work, but aspirational rules can expand your horizons, and practical rules can improve your writing craft.

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10 Rules for Young WritersThere's only so long you can coast on that first burst of writerly inspiration. Then, if you're serious about writing, reality sets in — and the work begins.

For the novices, Michael Nye of The Missouri Review put together a list of things young writers should know from the start. For folks who've been writing a while, it never hurts to be reminded of these rules — as they can just as easily apply to experienced writers.

Check out the full article here, or see my summary below.

10 things emerging writers should be aware of early in their career

1. Talent is overrated. Hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

2. Don't be in a rush to publish. Anyone can write. Take your time and get it right!

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BookBaby has just made available (for FREE!) the first in an ongoing series of PDF guides that give you the inside secrets from indie authors who have made it big!

In part 1, learn about how CJ Lyons went from being a pediatric ER doctor to a New York Times best-selling author.

  • Discover the ONLY two rules she follows when writing.
  • Understand how “Emotional Velcro” can capture your readers.
  • Find out how being honest and truthful with yourself is the key to promoting your book.
  • …and much more.
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