15 Must-Read Books to Make You Feel Less Alone

When I pick up a book, I have three goals in mind: To be entertained To learn something new To connect with the author or characters (i.e. to have a “me, too!” moment) Books that hit two out of three are great. But books that hit all three, I love. Those are the ones I …

The Scariest (& Best) Thing I Ever Did as an Indie Author

Writers, you know that feeling you get when you’re lost in your writing? That feeling of being sort of free yet safe at the same time? That doesn’t last. At least, not if you ever want people to read your work. This post contains affiliate links to help me keep my blog up and running. …

The 10 Most Important Blogging Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

I’ve been blogging since I was in high school over a decade ago. Granted, MySpace blogs probably don’t count (even though mine were really earth shattering). ūüėČ But I’ve had a few others since then.¬†¬†Most of them have been just for fun, but I finally decided to get serious about blogging. It’s a good way …

5 Must-Have Qualities of Professional Writers

The only quality a professional writer really needs is the ability to write well, right? Actually… Writing for fun is one thing. When you write for joy, as a¬†creative outlet, or even just to bring in a little bit of extra income, you can approach writing more casually. But if writing is your only way …

How to Keep Your Story Plot from Becoming a Cemetery Plot

One of the trickiest aspects of being a writer is crafting a compelling story from start to finish. Aside from limiting distraction (I’m looking at you, Pinterest), it’s absolutely necessary to be able to write a story that not only captures but holds your readers’ attention.¬†I mean, if you want to be an effective writer. …

How to Write & Publish Ebooks (With Minimal Work)

What if you could write books, ¬†help other people, and increase your income at the same time? (I mean, without losing tons of sleep or giving up your late night Netflix binges. Obviously.) If you love to write and want to increase your income, writing and publishing ebooks is a great option.¬†It doesn’t even have …

How to Create Realistic Dialogue

The following is a guest post from Jenna at Writely Me, an awesome community for writers, by writers. Head on over to get tons of great writing and publishing tips (after you finish reading this, of course).¬† Dialogue¬†is an essential key to writing and characterization. Dialogue can either make or break your story. ¬†It is …