Build a better scammer trap, and the scammers...well, they don't get smarter, but they DO try different tactics. This time around, they're trying to avoid speaking entirely by claiming apraxia - and claiming legit identities.
The dreaded words of social media: "I've been hacked!" It sends chills through an online community. Especially for writers with established platforms. It can happen to anyone. And if you aren't smart about your online habits, it probably WILL.
Creating your own worlds, creatures, and characters is half the fun of writing. But you can't go off the rails crazy and do whatever you want and still expect people to join you on the ride. There has to be SOME crumb of reality there. And that means conducting research before you write. As onerous a task as that sounds.
It feels unreal to say this, but my little writing business officially turns three this week. I can't believe, looking back, that it's been that long. Or that it HAS been that long. Talk about a rush!
Killing off characters is fun (for writers, not readers). But there's a limit; if you take out certain cast members, you end up crossing a line. So maintaining a kill list will help you from eliminating someone you might need down the line in book 5.
Do you know what your book's about? Not the plot summary (although you need that, too). We're talking the absolute core of the story. Without it, everything collapses. Every novel has a theme. And until you lock that down, your writing will go NOWHERE.
You know the usual routine: Write a story, edit it, and then start the cycle of submitting it to various publications. But markets disappear. Or they close to submissions for one reason or another. And you're left wondering what to do. Well, why not try one of the many anthologies out there? You'll get to share the publication with other accomplished authors. AND see your story in print!
If you don't have a collection of rejections, are you even a writer? (No, no you're not) But that doesn't make them any more fun to get. And, sometimes, they can really wear you down. So how can you cope with all of the "NO" coming at you?
Catapult is no longer available for writers looking for top-notch classes. So what are you supposed to do? Find another ready source. And Writing Workshops is one of those handy spots just waiting for you to swing by.
Do you juggle multiple writing sources? A blog, a newsletter, social media? Do you find yourself struggling to find ideas? Or are you constantly scraping together time to complete each one? Then you are in desperate need of an editorial calendar!