Category: Writing Life

Make a Living as a Self Published Author

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Author

I never imagined myself as a fiction author. In fact, I never imagined myself as a writer at all. The world’s Stephen Kings are few and far between, and even a high school dropout knows that most writers are starving artists. I didn’t consider myself an artist, nor was I willing to starve. And I’m…

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What an Old Fisherman Taught Me About Luck

How many lines do YOU have in the water, and is your bait good? Luck in fishing–and life–has more to do with preparation than actual luck.

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Don’t Be Lazy

It’s more difficult than it sounds, and chances are you don’t think you’re doing it. What’s the ‘it?’ Well, don’t be lazy.

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How to Find Collaborators to Work With

Stop. Before you go making a profile on Plenty-O-Collaborators, think about what you’re looking for and who might already be wiggling into your life.

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How Do You Feel When Someone Copies Your Work

Ugh, did you see what they did?! They ripped off my idea! Look at that! Well, actually, I guess it’s kind of flattering. And I was inspired by that thing…


Is Watching TV and Movies a Waste of Time?

Time is precious. Don’t waste time. We feel these things acutely as writers; every moment could be put toward word count. Here’s how to make TV count too!

I Want to Keep My Pen Name Secret

If you’re feeling like you need a secret identity for your writing, no need for a phone booth and non-prescription glasses. Dave’s got you covered!