Why Your Story’s Middle Sags and What to Do About It
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Why Your Story’s Middle Sags and What to Do About It

Photo by Cindy Chen on Unsplash Starting to write a new story is fun, like stepping on untouched snow. You marvel at the endless potential, get excited and curious about where it can go. Writing the first act is the easiest because you have all the motivation you need. You most likely have some great Read more

How to Write Content That Could Serve Others Forever
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How to Write Content That Could Serve Others Forever

Photo by Shelby Miller on Unsplash No writer wants to see his creations disappear in the vast ocean of content out there. If you’re writing online, you want your words to matter. You want to change the world, even if only a fragment. I’ve written hundreds of articles in the past two years and a Read more

How James Patterson Turned a Writing Side Hustle Into a 0 Million Fortune
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How James Patterson Turned a Writing Side Hustle Into a $750 Million Fortune

Photo by Dom J from Pexels At 73 years old, James Patterson has sold more than 425 million copies of his 200 novels. Together with his co-authors, he has been the world’s best-selling author since 2001, ahead of J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, and Dan Brown. His hardcover books account for one out of every 17 Read more

128 Active Publications That Pay for Short Stories in 2021
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128 Active Publications That Pay for Short Stories in 2021

Photo by Kat Stokes on Unsplash Among the very first written documents, inscribed on papyrus in ancient Egypt some 6,800 years ago, is a collection of short stories commissioned by the pharaoh Khufu. Khufu is better known in the West as Cheops, the mummified occupant of the Great Pyramid of Giza. His short story collection, Read more

What is the Difference Between Content Strategy and Content Marketing?
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What is the Difference Between Content Strategy and Content Marketing?

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash If you’re a writer entering the content marketing world, you already have enough to deal with, you don’t need to add a bunch of confusing terms to the mix, right? So, let me ask you, what is the difference between content strategy and content marketing? You may have not given Read more

I Don’t Read the Comments on My Writing. There, I Said It.
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I Don’t Read the Comments on My Writing. There, I Said It.

Photo by Reneé Thompson on Unsplash It can be perceived as disrespectful to ignore the comments on your stories. I have been ignoring comments on my stories. I feel guilty for doing it. I don’t do it because I’m arrogant or I don’t care about comments. There’s more to the story. Comments can become a Read more

9 Additional Ways to Earn More Money with Your Articles
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9 Additional Ways to Earn More Money with Your Articles

Photo by Roberto Nickson from Pexels When people ask me how I do so many things simultaneously, I always tell them the same thing: I’m only working once, then I only adapt it to the platform. One of the many wonderful things about being content creators is that we don’t have to focus on just Read more

How To Get Into a Selling Frame Of Mind As A Writer
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How To Get Into a Selling Frame Of Mind As A Writer

Photo by chrissie kremer on Unsplash Marketing, branding, networking, self-promotion, negotiating… there are many aspects to the commercial mindset that a writer has to get their head around these days. You may be daunted by the thought of having to sell yourself, but by starting small and slowly pushing yourself, you’ll find it gets easier Read more

How to Use the Citation Tools in Google Docs | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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How to Use the Citation Tools in Google Docs | Proofed’s Writing Tips

The citation tools in Google Docs make adding citations and references in an essay or business report much simpler. In this post, we will look at how these tools work. Adding a Citation in Google Docs Google Docs has a handy set of tools for adding citations to a document if you are using APA, Read more

I’ve Reached the “Angry Comment Threshold”
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I’ve Reached the “Angry Comment Threshold”

Image by Author via Canva.com I have a theory: On every writer’s journey to success there is an “Angry Comment Threshold”. It’s the point where you start getting negative comments on your articles. It also exists for other professions where success is defined by validation from others, like musicians or artists. For writers, the threshold Read more