Writer’s Blog

My favorite first draft advice + 3 mistakes aspiring authors make when writing their first book draft

Do you know what most aspiring authors struggle with when they start writing their first draft—and why so many of them never finish their manuscript? Over the past two years, I’ve surveyed the 400 aspiring authors who joined my Facebook book writing group, and their answers usually fell within these three categories: 1. They don’t …

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Hemingway on Writing Well

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.” (Credit: Copyblogger, Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well)

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5 Simple Changes to Your Routine That Brighten Your Day and Increase Overall Happiness

It’s a beautiful life… well, you won’t always see it that way. In my line of work it’s hard not to lose faith in humanity, but even if you didn’t choose a career in the non-profit sector, you just need to turn on the TV to be inundated with everything that’s wrong with this world. To ensure …

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