How to Write a Good Plot: The Four Cs

Storytelling is not a colour-by-numbers exercise. We want to be original. However, even the most rule-breaking story has certain fundamental patterns. If we understand what they are, we can be outlandish and creative—and still know we’re building a satisfying experience for the reader. What are those patterns?

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Writing and Editing a Book Series

Writing a book series takes a lot of planning, and it takes a little extra effort when it comes to choosing a book editor. Assuming you have one humdinger of a book series, you’ll want an editor who’s familiar with it or who’s able to quickly be brought up to speed. If you haven’t kept in contact with the original editor, or, for whatever reason, you want a different editor than the first, it’s critical he or she be willing to read previous editions. Typically, depending on the word count, this will set you back a few hundred dollars. If this isn’t in the budget, then be able to offer summaries and a few excerpts.

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Book Publishing for Beginners

If you’ve been considering the idea of how to publish a book by becoming an indie publisher, here's a brief overview of core publishing topics, from crafting your creation to bursting onto markets across the globe, and why they're so important to achieving publishing success. 

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6 Tips for Writing Characters Who Captivate Readers

Think about a book you loved. I'll bet my own weight in Harry Potter or Jack Reacher novels that it was a character that earned your love. Maybe several characters. A group of friends. A family. A pair of lovers. A man and his sworn enemy. A boy and a kestrel.

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Where to Look for Writing Support

If your manuscript draft is complete, then you’re most likely celebrating getting each and every word down on paper. 2018 is your year and your book is coming out! With IngramSpark’s print-on-demand and global distribution, you’re ready to print your book and sell it to the masses! . . . Or are you?

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What To Expect from a Book Coach

Some of the best books in the world are there, pretty much fully formed, inside the author’s head. And there they stay, keeping you up at night while you think of more fabulous ways to explain your concept, rewriting it all inside your head. At some point though, you realise that it’s been rather a long time, and nothing has actually come out. There are so many ideas, but you don’t know where to start with writing it all down.

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Writing Tips to Fortify Your Writing Resolutions

I frequently hear after National Novel Writing Month, “I loved writing in November during NaNoWriMo, but I have trouble writing the rest of the year.” It’s challenging to muster such energy each day. Items on your to-do list clamor for attention. No one assigns us to be creative, but to be human is to be a creator, so you should make sure creativity is at the top of your to-do list. If you’ve resolved to finally write that book that’s calling out to you, here are some writing tips to bolster your creative resolve throughout the year.

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15 Attainable New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

The beginning of the year is here and with it comes the drive to make positive changes in our lives. New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be a bit vague or lofty, but this list of specific action items offers simple ways for you to achieve more with your writing, planning, and overall approach to self-publishing a book in 2018. Check out our 15 New Year’s Resolutions for writers.

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How to Beat Writer's Block

I don’t believe in the notion of writer’s block. I think it’s too easy to end up building a twisted shrine to it—to proclaim the affliction, then festoon one’s writing life with it, saying, “I’m blocked,” over and over again, as if abdicating responsibility for creating the blockage and waiting for magical bolts of inspiration to come down from the sky and unstopper it all (which only happens in the movies, right?).

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Happy National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

Family. Friends. Food. What more is there to love about November? Oh yeah! Thousands of people across the world coming together in a celebration of creativity and the written word. That is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and here is why you should join in.

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