Think you can’t write – or finish – that book that’s inside of you? Here’s how to stop the self-intimidation and finish your first book.

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Authors may well be justified in feeling angry and hateful when their hard work is slated by a critic, but it is rarely a good idea to react impulsively on those emotions. Instead, follow these suggestions on how writers should respond to book critics.

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If you want to achieve real success as a writer, you have to take the steps to carve out a genuine opportunity for yourself. This includes taking some risks, making some sacrifices, and making changes to your daily life. Are you ready to do what it takes to write, publish, and promote the novel that will transform you into a successful writer? Here are steps you can take to make it happen.

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The paradox is that writing comes from self, and yet sometimes self has to be purged from the final product for readers to find it fulfilling and finished. Such a polished feel is a key part of the reader’s perception of a book being professional and high quality. There are no fingerprints on the mirror showing the artist was there working, just a clear reflection of the world the writer is trying to create.

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The start of a new year is a good time to finally commit the time and energy to write a book. But first, ask yourself one important question to find out if you really have what it takes to be a writer.

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There is so much writing advice and knowledge accumulated over the ages, yet no one seems to fully agree on what makes outstanding writing. It is more that we just know it when we read it. Think about the fact that we all have different favorite books. Whether it is Meyer’s Twilight saga or Dante’s Inferno, some books just stand out head and shoulders above the rest.

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Whether you're ready to begin revising your book or struggling to get to the finish line of your first draft, these exercises can help you get a fresh perspective and see your writing in a new light.

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