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Seven Writing Tips To Increase Your Productivity

Whether taking the NaNoWriMo challenge or not, we can all use pointers and reminders when it comes to increasing productivity at the keyboard. These seven writing tips can set on your way to make a plan, and stick to it!
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A Cross Section Of NaNoWriMo Writers – Where Do You Fit In?

With the start date for NaNoWriMo just days away, I'm steeling myself to the task of completing a novel in a month. This infographic gives some insight into the habits and plans of writers as they stand on the edge of this challenge.
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5 tips for crafting a memorable book description

Jacket copy is never going to be “perfect.” It’ll never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. So give up on trying to pack it all in and just accept the fact that this is supposed to be, much like the descriptions on a menu, a teaser. First throw your hands in the air, and then use them to karate chop all the extraneous elements into submission. What’s left over will be in fighting trim.
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Have you considered entering a writing contest?

Everyone wants to have won an award, yet writing contests are something of an outlier in the book publishing world. Why isn't entering a writing contest a regular in a writer’s promotional plan? The fear of competition?
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Finding creative momentum

One of the biggest benefits of NaNoWriMo for me is the creative momentum it spawns, even beyond November. Each year I’m energized by the imaginative sparks (and sometimes flames) that result from immersing myself in writing. I also learn (and relearn) important things about time management, discipline, and the value of writing with others.
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How Karma and Cooperation have changed the game in independent publishing

Traditional publishers have long held an exalted position. They determined who was in and who was out, who was worthy and who was not. They decided what the public could read and what messages or entertainment to issue. They were the gatekeepers of ideas.

What tools did famous authors use to write their popular books?

And what writing tools do you use?

Curious how J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and many others get the writing done? Picture your favorite author writing a new book. Where is she sitting? What is she using to write? A computer, a typewriter, pen and pad, taking notes on an iPhone? The famous authors in the infographic below (from are all pretty lo-tech when it comes to the composition process — which, of course, isn't a stunner when you're talking about Agatha Christie or Mark Twain. But a few of the other examples did surprise me.


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