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The Only Way to Know Whether People Will Want Your Book

From Bryan: This is a guest post by Dana Sitara freelance blogger and indie author of “A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket.” She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path at DIYWriting.

During the two months between the completion and launch of my latest book, A Writer’s Bucket List, I would lie awake at night fretting about the book and all the little steps that go into self-publishing… 

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7 Inspirational Quotes That Could Change Your Life

Every now and then you read a book, watch a movie or simply hear a story where you learn something that dramatically changes your life. It’s profound when it happens. But as remarkable as it may be, it is also rare and unpredictable.

I’ve come to realize such special lessons only come when the moment is right. Call it destiny if you will, but I believe when the student is ready, the master will appear.

I also believe we will not move on to the next lesson until we’ve fully understood, accepted and embraced the last one. Today I’d like to share the most powerful lessons I have learned.

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How To Overcome Your Internal Naysayer Using Affirmations

Sometimes you’re sitting there waiting to start creating something interesting, something of value you hope will have an impact on others.

But you can’t. Something is stopping you.

You’ve got the idea and you know exactly what you want to say. You’ve written thousands of pages before, but today is one of those days you are all too familiar with, because you’re stuck.

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How to Rock the World and Achieve Greatness as a Creative Person

Do you ever get the feeling that you are spinning your wheels?

You know you are doing your best, but still, it feels as though you are only going through the motions.

Perhaps what you actually feel is you are not doing what you were meant to do.

The Yellow Brick Road


Don’t Let Negative Feedback Stop You – 5 Helpful Tips

“Feedback” is a word that strikes dread in creative people the world over.  It is our proverbial “Boo!” and it really can scare the crap out of us.

Most of us crave feedback. We want to know our work matters to someone other than ourselves. Don’t we?

And yet, too many of us share our work at the wrong time and with the wrong people. Doing this we tend to bring forth the words we dread the most, such as “You’re work sucks, I hate it – get a day job!”

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Write to Done – Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2012

You know how it is. You wake up in the morning, make your way to the kitchen, get the coffee started and then finally check your email – not expecting anything too surprising.

Yesterday, when I opened my email I was stunned.



How to Unlock Your Creativity and Stop Feeling Like A Failure

You’re a creative person with ideas bursting at the seams of your mind and your synapses are firing like the fourth of July.

But it’s a lot of fireworks with little to show for all the stimulation.

Let’s change that and unlock the creative you.

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Interview with Guy Kawasaki Author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

I am happy to present you with an interview with the one and only, Guy Kawasaki author of APE, Enchantment, What the Plus!, and nine other books. Guy is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and worked directly for Steve Jobs.


39 Great Books on Writing

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.

Stephen King, On Writing

Only Stephen King can put the truth into perspective quite like that. He kind of scares me, but then he scares most people. Stephen scares us by telling the truth and as we all know, there’s nothing scarier than honesty.

In this post you’ll find a list of books I’ve put together on writing. If you want to tell your truth, then there are books on this list that will help you do that.


How Writers Can Deal With and Overcome Rejection

Sometimes I sit here staring at the blank screen unable to create. It begs for a word or two, any words will do.

The loss of words, of a will to write, can be so unbearable.

Have you ever experienced the hurt that comes with rejection, feeling that what you are creating doesn’t matter, that it’s pointless and no one cares?

Cathedral of Trier