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Alex McKechnie

Five Things That Allowed Me To Write Full-Time-2015

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: Alex Mckechnie, Guest Contributor

Reprinted with permission from Slightly Drunken Book Review Podcast by Alex McKechnieFebruary 2015 Depending on which publishing avenue you want to go down, there’s probably never been a better/worse time to be a writer. Traditional publishing is getting more and more conservative, taking less risks, publishing more of the same to stay safe. Indie publishing is Read more »

William Kowalski, Bestselling Author

What Is Talent? Does It Matter?

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

What Is Talent? My thoughts on talent have changed radically over the last twenty-five years. I used to believe you were either born with talent, or you weren’t. Now I see what a simplistic viewpoint that is. Like most attempts to force things neatly into one box or the other, it’s wrong. It misses the Read more »

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On Inspiration and Getting Started

Pub Date: Dec 31, 2014

Meet our new monthly columnist, award-winning author William Kowalski! This article is reprinted with permission from the book: WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft,  by William Kowalski © 2014   INSPIRATION On The Need For A Routine My writing mentor, W.S. “Jack” Kuniczak, used to tell me that in order to write Read more »

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Are You Good Enough to Write a Book?

Pub Date: Dec 2, 2014 | Columnist: William Kowalski

Meet our new monthly columnist, award-winning author William Kowalski! This article is reprinted with permission from the book: WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft,  by William Kowalski © 2014  BEFORE YOU START   Am I a good enough writer to write a book? No. You’re not. What? How dare I say that Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Travel Writing – 2014

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2014

Travel Writing by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  December 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “…instead of a publication having a paid stable of writers, they do use freelancers, which open opportunities.” —SHAPIRO It’s different than you think, Michael Luengo, tells us in his article The Trials and Triumphs of Travel Writing (ASJA Monthly, Read more »

Dawn Barclay

What Makes the Possibility of Rejection Worth It In Your life?

Pub Date: Oct 31, 2014

  by Dawn Barclay,Living Moxie Coach Authorlink Guest Columnist I was speaking to friend (a business coach) the other evening who shared she’d poured her heart and soul in her recent newsletter, and she had a couple of unsubscribes. She was devastated. She skipped over the part that she also had a large amount of replies from people who took time Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Map-Making as a Metaphor for Writing – 2014

Pub Date: Oct 31, 2014

Map-Making as a Metaphor for Writing by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  November 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “Writing is an act of exploration—searching, premeditated or unconscious, disciplined or off-the-top-of-your-head.” —SHAPIRO Maps (these days GPS’s) help people figure out where they are and where they are going. When you look at a map, Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Digging Up a Plot — 2014

Pub Date: Sep 30, 2014

  Digging Up a Plot by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  October 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “A lot of violent plot points can happen in a fairy tale.” —SHAPIRO As kids, we began reading stories that ended “they lived happily ever after.” Think about it. Even if Red Riding Hood and her Read more »

Alexandra Monir, Columnist

Starting a New Manuscript — 2014

Pub Date: Sep 30, 2014

  Starting a New Manuscript by Alexandra Monir  October 2014 Authorlink proudly welcomes this Randomhouse author as one of our regular columnists! “Luckily, my past three books have taught me some helpful tools for drafting . . .” —MONIR Starting a new novel, whether you’re an established or aspiring author, always comes with the same Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Creating Sock-O Characters – 2014

Pub Date: Aug 29, 2014

  by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  September 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “The character must be active, not passive, in changing his fate.” —SHAPIRO You’re going to have to hang out with your characters for maybe 10-400 pages, so they had better have personalities that interest you. That doesn’t mean they have Read more »