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5 Things I Learned From Writing 50k Words Of A Novel In Just 1 Month

How To Write 50K In 1 Month Earlier this year I finally got round to writing a novel (91k words) and absolutely loved the whole process. As November appeared on the horizon, I decide to take the challenge of writing 50K of a new novel in November. That works out at around 1,667 words every single day. I made it to 50K and came in at just over 52 thousand words! So here are five thing I learned while doing the challenge. Ready? Let’s go … 1) Preparation is key In the weeks leading up to November I plotted the… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Writing 50k Words Of A Novel In Just 1 Month

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How to Edit PDFs like a Pro: Tips and Tools for Writers

All About Editing PDF Files Converting PDF files into editable Word documents is an essential skill for writers. Whether you need to update your PDF file with new content, fix typos, or reformat the layout, having the right PDF editing tools can save you time and frustration. This guide will explore the best methods for editing PDF files with ease. Ready? Then let’s go … Why Edit PDF Files? For authors, retaining flexibility and control over your files is crucial. Screenwriters may also need to update their PDF files. Knowing how to do this is very important, especially if the… Read More »How to Edit PDFs like a Pro: Tips and Tools for Writers

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Top 5 Ways To Build Your Writer Platform This Year

How To Build Your Writer Platform Chances are you have been told you need a writer platform. It’s seen as common sense: in the online age, writers are expected to do at least SOME marketing themselves. Having a writer platform of your own then is an obvious advantage. But I’m seeing discussion online about social media and how ONLY ‘privileged’ writers – such as those who were TV celebs first – can build a large and engaged online platform. Hell to the no! You CAN build a platform for your writing. Here’s how … Ready? Then let’s go! 1) Be authentic… Read More »Top 5 Ways To Build Your Writer Platform This Year

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7 Ways To Beat Procrastination & Increase Your Productivity As A Writer

How To Beat Procrastination & Increase Productivity Procrastination is a constant struggle for writers. It’s hard to get started and even harder to keep going. But don’t you wish there was an easy way to beat procrastination? Well, there is. Here are the seven habits that will boost your productivity and help you beat those pesky writer’s block blues. Ready? Let’s go … 1) Set deadlines The first step in beating procrastination is to define what you need to do and set a deadline for when you will complete it. It can be daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your… Read More »7 Ways To Beat Procrastination & Increase Your Productivity As A Writer

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Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Writing Burnout

How To Deal With Writing Burnout It was another tough year, so chances are you may be dealing with writing burnout. I burned out HARD in both 2020 and 2021, perhaps you did too? You may be suffering from writing burnout if you … feel like you no longer care about your screenplay, novel or writing in general are increasingly forgetful, or have trouble concentrating feel like you’ve lost sight of yourself and your goals have difficulty maintaining relationships / being present with loved ones express frustration and irritability more than normal experience somatic pain, muscle tension, headaches or nausea Writing… Read More »Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Writing Burnout

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3 Cyber Crime Clichés That Will Kill Your Writing DEAD

Cyber Crime Clichés So many of today’s writers want to work cyber crime technology into their stories. But they don’t know how,  so they resort to Hollywood hacker stereotypes. You know the ones … Bad guy Hollywood hackers turned to a life of crime after society failed to recognise their unique talents Good guy Hollywood hackers overcame that adversity and now work for a super-secret government agency, where they regularly save the world and wish they could find a girlfriend. Good guy Hollywood hackers break the law for the greater good. Bad guy Hollywood hackers usually do it for the money.… Read More »3 Cyber Crime Clichés That Will Kill Your Writing DEAD

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Top 5 Formatting Mistakes Writers Make

Formatting Errors If you’ve written a great screenplay, you don’t want to ruin its chances of success by getting something simple like the formatting wrong. By formatting it properly, you’re making sure the reader won’t be distracted or disengaged. Screenplay software makes the job much easier, but there’s still a few major formatting things you have to look out for on your own. Here are the top formatting mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1) Too Much ‘Black On The Page’ … Or Too Little! It’s normal that people would rather read text that has plenty of ‘white space’. It’s… Read More »Top 5 Formatting Mistakes Writers Make

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How to Rank on the Amazon Bestsellers List in 21 Days

Ranking On Amazon Every author wants to rank on Amazon. When Brian Joyce got in contact offering his insights, I knew you Bang2writers would be all ears. Over to you, Brian! You’ve spent months or years writing your book … Got it beta-tested … Had it edited by a professional … Paid your graphic designer friend to create the perfect cover. But what if no one buys it? This was my question in 2013 after I had spent 5 years creating my first novel. It was scary to send it out fearing it would be lost in a sea of… Read More »How to Rank on the Amazon Bestsellers List in 21 Days

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‘Nobody Reads My Blog!’ 7 Top Tips To Fix Yours

I often hear this cry… NOBODY READS MY BLOG! Believe in the famous sentence from Fields of Dreams “Build it and they will come!”? Then you’re in for a BIG SURPRISE (and not a good one). Todays’ marketing is based on social media. This is like a long-term relationship, not a one-night-stand. If you want to get readers and build a community around your blog, there are certain things you need to watch out for. Here’s 7 reasons why nobody reads your Blog: 1) Your Blog is all about YOU Even though you might state you are about your community and helping other… Read More »‘Nobody Reads My Blog!’ 7 Top Tips To Fix Yours

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How to Make Money Writing

A Real Job? Writing can often feel like a lonely and frustrating way to make money. You sit at your desk for hours, writing words that may never see the light of day, hoping that soon, your work will mean something to someone. You only realise that you’ve not spoken to another human being for several hours when the phone rings and you answer it sounding remarkably like Marge Simpson. To make matters worse, writing can sometimes feel like the worst paid job in the world too. If you’re lucky, you get the odd copywriting gig or small editing role.… Read More »How to Make Money Writing

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Writers, Everyone Hates Us On Social Media. Here’s Why …

Social Media Hate If you spend a lot of time on social media like I do, you’ll have noticed a LOT of writers blotting their copybooks lately with their potential friends and followers. Here’s what’s happened to me lately, in just the past 2 or 3 weeks: Facebook Fiends. Writers may send me Friend requests. That’s obviously fine, but within SECONDS of accepting their request, they may send another asking me to LIKE their page. (Plus the really persistent ones will send a private message as well). Facebook Fiends #2. Writers on Facebook may ‘tag’ me from their timeline, especially into… Read More »Writers, Everyone Hates Us On Social Media. Here’s Why …

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Top 10 Myths About Instagram For Business

I’ve written a fair amount about social media on this blog, especially Twitter and Facebook. This is because these are the platforms on which writers hang out the most. No-brainer! That said, in the last eighteen months or so, in comparison to many platforms that bring B2W a stable (or even decreasing) amount of traffic, one platform really stands out in terms of its growth: INSTAGRAM! I launched on instagram as @LucyVHayAuthor just over a year ago. Like all my other platforms, I have a strategy for it: on this account, I share my visuals for both this site and my… Read More »Top 10 Myths About Instagram For Business

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