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Get Blog Post Clicks [Infographic}

Blogging is a great way to build a readership and to connect with other writers and readers. But sometimes blogging feels like speaking into the void. If there are cobwebs on the comments section of your blog, check out these great templates from Raelyn Tan so you can start writing catchy, clickable blog headlines. ...

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How to Write During the Holidays

It’s here. That time of year when everything seems to come before writing. There is shopping to be done, relatives to entertain, and food to eat. How are you supposed to have time to work on your manuscript? Here are three approaches to handling writing during the holiday season.

The Just Do It Approach

Thank you, Nike, for your words of wisdom. This approach is often taken by the writers who need to get their manuscript done, no matter what.

Make time.

It’s not going to be easy. You can’t wave a magic wand and suddenly have two extra hours in the day meant for nothing but writing. Making time means deciding that writing is more important than something else. Maybe it’s more important than the Christmas movie you want to watch or the cookies you want to make. Use that time to write. ...

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How to Research for Your Book

My favorite part is of the writing process isn’t crafting the perfect sentence, making a brilliant point, or polishing words. No, it’s research. That’s a good thing, because as a nonfiction author, I spend a great deal of time actively researching, even when not at work on another book.

Sometimes that work doesn’t look like traditional research (the kind that happens in a library). It may include creating blog posts on a topic, freewriting to clarify thoughts, looking for data, interviewing experts, or talking with others. It’s any activity involved in gathering thoughts, data, and insights on a topic.

Research is the fun part.

The writing recipe outlined in The Writer’s Process lists research as the first, discrete step in a multi-phase writing process. That’s true for small, self-contained projects.

But research doesn’t fit in a single box when you’re embarking on major projects like nonfiction books. ...

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Stockpile Inspiration

We all have days that feel like our creative muse has abandoned us. When we’re out of inspiration, motivation, or ideas, it’s good to have a backup plan. Hoarding those good vibes while they’re flowing helps us keep moving forward on the tough days. Here are a few things to save when they come your way.

1. Song Lyrics

You know that feeling when you hear the perfect line in a song? Next time that happens, write down the lyric so you can recall that feeling later. Maybe it’s a line that perfectly sums up your life, or maybe it just makes you feel good. Either way, write it down on a scrap of paper or in your phone’s notes app to remember it later. (And don’t be afraid to sing out loud!) ...

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Tips to Write Faster {Infographic}

We all want to see that word count increase, but sometimes writing feels like slogging through mud. If you’re out of ideas for boosting productivity and getting the words flowing, check out this infographic from They’ve listed twelve great ideas to make the most of the writing time you have. ...

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Adopt These Habits for Success

Writing success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s easy to look at bestsellers and wonder what magic pill they’re taking, but the truth is they are successful because they’ve put in the work to make their dreams reality. Now it’s your turn! Big accomplishments happen by taking small steps each day and forming habits that lead to increased productivity. Work hard and good things will happen. Here are a few small changes you can make to your daily routine to foster your productivity and creativity. ...

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