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How Do I Get Ready To Start? –2015

Pub Date: Feb 27, 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

  I’m often asked by hopeful writers what they need to do to prepare to write a book. Beyond making yourself a pot of tea and kicking the cat off your office chair, nothing. The urge to write is a sacred call from the gods that must be heeded without fail. What usually follows immediately Read more »

Lisa Dale Norton

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump — 2015

Pub Date: Feb 27, 2015 | Columnist: Lisa Dale Norton

  10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump by Lisa Dale Norton  March, 2015 “Have fun priming the pump. Then get to work writing your stories. “ —Lisa Dale Norton You haven’t heard from me in awhile. I’ve been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I’ve been finishing a book and – let’s Read more »

Alexandra Monir, Columnist

The Novel Outline

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015

  The Novel Outline by Alexandra Monir  February, 2015 Authorlink proudly welcomes this Randomhouse author as one of our regular columnists! “I had a 50-page outline for my first novel, Timeless, before I began Draft #1 . . .” —MONIR One of the first things we authors determine when starting a novel is if we’re Read more »

Warren Adler

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: Warren Adler, Special Guest

Guest Column by Warren Adler, Reprinted with Permission February 2015 For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into the public consciousness, Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »