Your Daily Writing Pleasure

Chipping Away at Rocks…



“Not all writers can spend a lot of time typing away at a keyboard each day”, says bestselling author Hannah Ross.  In fact, many would-be writers say, with absolute sincerity: “I’m just itching to get to this novel I’ve had in me for a while, but I have absolutely no time.”

Well, I’d like to claim that there is no such thing as no time at all.  You don’t have to have a lot of time, but you need to set aside a daily portion of it, however small, to write.

Even if you have little available time for writing, consistency is absolutely essential for those who want a jab at writing and publishing professionally.  Consistent daily output adds up, even though each separate day might not feel very productive. It’s like chopping away at a great big rock with a hammer: you break off a tiny piece each time, and while for a long while it may seem as though you aren’t doing anything at all, eventually the rock will crumble.

What exactly do I mean?  It’s better to put in 1,000 words a day, every day than writing 5000 words in a single exhausting burst and then need a week’s worth recovery time.

If you outline carefully and know exactly what you want to write next, those 1,000 words can be written very quickly – in 30-45 minutes.  Most people can carve out 30 minutes of their day to do whatever…  I mean, most people do carve out a lot more than 30 minutes, without even being aware of it, to do stuff like hang out on social media or watch cat videos on YouTube.

When I began writing my most recent release, Wild Children, I was dealing with two little kids at home, pregnancy exhaustion, and an unstable housing situation.  Finding time to write really was like pulling teeth.  So I didn’t have 30 minutes available each day, but I took advantage of what I could get – 20, 15, 10 minutes – figuring that two paragraphs are better than nothing.
Your Daily Writing Habit:
At 1,000 words a day, 5 days a week, 20 days a month, it will add up to 20,000 words a month. It means you write the first draft of a 100,000-word novel in 5 months. It’s two solid books a year which, while not insanely productive, is a respectable output.

I know, I know – the first draft needs to be edited, it needs to be proofread, it needs to be sent out to stand in the throng of queries if you trad-pub; and if you self-pub, you need to format, obtain cover design, publish and market.

But still, those 1,000 words a day will get you in the right direction. So don’t be sorry you can’t put in 2K, 3K or whatever it is other people write daily.

I don’t know what challenges you might be facing in your life right now.  Maybe you have a day job, kids, elderly parents, other commitments.  Maybe you have a spouse who thinks their  hour-long browse of AliExpress is legit recreation, but your hour writing is shameful neglect of family duties.  Heck, I’ve had periods in my life (mostly during Mommy Boot Camp with newborns) when I was so desperate for some writing time that instead of taking a long shower every day, I took a shower every second day and wrote instead.  And I carved out epic novels.  It was a slow, frustrating haul but it happened – one word at a time.

Just do what you can, and do it consistently, and it will pay off!
Hannah Ross is the author of the dystopian novel Wild Children, and of several other books. She enjoys a quiet rural life with her husband and three children. Follow Hannah’s blog, Flight of Fantasy.



Why is Critical Thinking Important for Writers?


When I studied Investigative Journalism in college, it was a basic requirement.  For journalists in general, the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY and HOW are the tools of the trade.
But everyone, especially writers, should use these question words all the time: when researching background information for a book, when questioning and editing their novels or non-fiction books, when participating in a writer’s critique group and most important: when looking for publishing possibilities.

Global Digital Citizen Foundation 
Luckily I found this organization that set up the ultimate cheat sheet for critical thinking – showing a fantastic list of critical questions.  I get so many emails from authors, who are approached in emails or social media from businesses of all sorts – including the dreaded Vanity companies, trying to steal their publishing rights or trying to fleece them in any other way.  Now I will not answer anymore in lengthy emails with lists of tips, rather send the GlobalDigitalCitizen organization’s graphic (above).

Questions to Ask:
Before you spend any money or time on people, businesses, organizations, try to answer these questions:
WHO benefits from this the most? WHO would be the best person to consult?
WHAT is an alternative? WHAT is the best /worst outcome?
WHERE can I get more information? WHERE are areas of improvement?
WHEN and HOW will I know I have succeeded? HOW can I measure success
WHY is this a problem? WHY is there a real need for this today?
HOW is this similar to …? HOW does it really benefit me / others?
HOW can this harm me or others?

The Internet Helps a Lot!
If you see offers to publish your book, to help you with author platform (I am not talking about advertising!) or offers a new phone plan for example – don’t jump on the offer and sign up or pay.  Your first step needs to be to research the offer, the person or the corporation. Many companies are very good to swamp the internet with dozens of websites/blog.  They use bots to inflate views and to get on page one at Google.  Scroll down to page 10 or 20 to find other websites that report on them. Use the keyword: “complaint”.  Go to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) site, or to the Ripoff-Report.  Add the word “forum” to the name of the company, and find all the forums where people talk about it.  You might be in for a surprise!

Make a long list of questions, and watch if and how they answer your questions as a potential customer.  Get it in writing, don’t trust any call center employees (who might be on commission).

What Can Critical Thinking Help You With?

  • Determine the importance and relevance of arguments and ideas
  • Recognize, build and appraise arguments
  • Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning
  • Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way

How Critical Thinking Will Help You
… to stay out of trouble – in business and private life. It will save you not only time but also money and happiness. Children are often better than adults in this aspect. Don’t be annoyed when children frequently ask “why”.  Applaud them rather for asking questions.  Critical thinking is often misjudged as criticism, but rather it focuses on the ability to follow logical steps.  Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill. Critical thinkers rigorously question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value.

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Why It’s Important to Edit, Edit, And Edit More

You might have read the story of the missing Oxford comma, which had changed the outcome of a court case in Portland, Maine.  What readers (and also TV viewers) heard or saw, was the outcome of an appeal case between dairy drivers and their employer. But what has an Oxford comma to do with this labor case?

The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things. For example: “Please purchase a gallon milk, two yoghurts, and a pound of butter.”

Grammarly.com states: “Use of the Oxford comma is stylistic, meaning that some style guides demand its use while others don’t. Unless you’re writing for a particular publication or drafting an essay for school, whether or not you use the Oxford comma is generally up to you. However, omitting it can sometimes cause some strange misunderstandings.”

“Use commas wherever necessary to prevent possible  confusion or misreading.” – owl.english.purdue.edu

What Has the Oxford Comma to Do With Winning Court Cases?
The comma drama has raised eyebrows—and not just in Maine. The National Public Radio commented: “The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases.
Oakhurst Dairy, the milk- and cream company based in Portland, Maine, likely never appreciated the serial comma — also known as an Oxford comma — so much as it did on Monday when the lack of that little-curved stroke cost the company an appeals court ruling that centered on overtime rules for drivers.”

Specifically, the ruling in favor of the Oakhurst delivery drivers came down to Maine state law, which dictates that the following activities are not subject to overtime protections: Read the whole story about the appeal case at the NPR article or at the Smithonian Magazine.

Unfortunately, the Case is Not Over:
With the district court ruling, the case can now be heard in a lower court.  The lawyers will be laughing all the way to the bank… NPR wrote: “A reminder that every punctuation mark deserves a fair hearing, a glimpse into the glories of grammar.”
And the Smithonian Magazine writes: “You probably have a strong opinion one way or the other.  It turns out a United States Court of Appeals has opinions about Oxford commas, too.”

The irony is that the court ruling came “despite the fact that Maine’s own legislative style guide discourages use of the serial comma…”

Read more at Buzzfeed:
15 Reasons Why You Should Use the Oxford Comma.


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Want to Sell More Books?

Regularly listed in the top 100 (and often top 50) bestselling authors on Amazon, Russell Blake is a thriller writer who has written twenty novels and who has mastered the art of great writing and great sales.


ussell Blake gives his fellow writers great advice:

1) Pick one genre that’s popular and with which you are extremely familiar, and then write in that genre. Stick to it. Don’t hop around. It confuses your potential readers and muddies who you are in their minds, and will hurt your sales. If you want to write different genres, use a pseudonym, and if you like, let your readers know that moniker is you. But stick to one name, one genre, because you’re building your brand, and brand building is a function of clarity – clearly communicating what you do, and what your  product is.

2) Write a series. Why? Because readers like series, and you want to give readers what they like. Or you won’t sell as much. You can try stand-alone – I have – but my series outsell my stand-alone books 4 to 1. Once you have at least three books in the series, make the first one free. Earn your income from the rest, but give readers a whole novel to decide whether they like your writing or not.

3) Write a lot. By that I mean try to write at least 3 novels a year. Don’t bother with short stories or novellas (40K or under) if you’re writing fiction – erotica, romance and nonfiction reportedly to do better with short form, but I don’t know from personal experience. Write 60-90K installments in your series, and release them AT MINIMUM every four months. Every three months would be better. Every two, better still. Momentum breeds success, and readers have short memories. The current market is a hungry animal, and you need to feed it, or risk being forgotten by the time your next one releases. Sorry. It’s the truth. And don’t start whining about how X famous author only puts out one book every Y years. If you’re Dan Brown and you sell tens of millions of novels each whack, then do whatever the hell you like. If you aren’t, listen up, or choke your strategy up to, “Become the next Dan Brown” and stop reading this drivel.

4) Read a lot. To write well, you need to read things that are well-written, and that serve to inspire you to greater heights or provide insight on how to improve your work in some way. You are what you eat. If you aren’t reading a decent amount, start, because otherwise you’re unlikely to write nearly as well as if you do.

RussellBlake Jet


5) Allocate time every day to write, and be disciplined. I suggest minimum one hour per day, or 1000 words. I actually ignore that and shoot for 5000-7000 a day when writing a novel, but that’s just my approach, and it’s not for everyone. My point is that you must be disciplined about your writing and develop that muscle. If you don’t make it a habit, you won’t write enough to put out one novel every four months, and you’ll already be way behind the curve.

6) Allocate time every day to market. I recommend a 75%/25% writing to marketing mix. So spend an hour writing every day, and fifteen-twenty minutes marketing (social media, blogging, interviews, message boards). Two hours writing, half hour or forty minutes marketing. And so on.

7) Stay off the internet when you’re writing. Set aside the writing time, and do only that. Leave placeholders for stuff you need to research later. Stopping your writing to research breaks your momentum. Don’t do it. Checking your e-mail, checking in with your facebook group, reading a tweet – none of these are going to write your book for you, so stop it already.

8) Get professional help. Do pro covers. It’s the first thing your potential readers will see. Put out something amateurish, and they will go to something that looks worthy of their time, and it won’t be you. Get pro editing. You are asking people to pay for your product. They won’t, and shouldn’t, if you haven’t ensured it is a pro product, which means it must be edited and proofread. If you’re too cheap or too broke to pay an editor, barter something of value to get someone qualified to do it, or (gasp, here’s an idea) save some money so you can do it right. Skip these steps and you won’t sell much, if anything. Or if you do, it won’t last very long, because word will spread, and then you’re dead.

The Voynich Cypher
9) Make sure your product description rocks, is short and compelling, and sucks the reader in. After your cover, the product description has to sell the book. Don’t give too much info, don’t spell out the plot like it’s a test. Give the high points that will interest a reader in knowing more. And make sure it’s coherent and there are no typos or bad grammar, as that will kill most of your sales out of the gate.

10) Now for the actual book. You have five pages to hook the reader. The first five. Make those amazing pages that demand the reader continues.


11) Know your audience. You do that by reading a fair amount in the genre, and by looking at the reviews of your competitors/the bestsellers in your genre. If you’re writing for a genre that’s 90% cat ladies, you need to know that going in. If mostly older males, know that too. Teen girls, ditto. Whatever your audience, figure it out before you start writing. Do a little research. It will pay dividends later.

12) Brand yourself as the go-to author in that genre. Become synonymous with your genre. Define it, if possible. Even better would be the situation your name is shorthand for the genre in your readers’ minds. As an example, Dan Brown is synonymous with a genre Umberto Eco pioneered with Foucault’s Pendulum – the theology-based conspiracy treasure hunt. Nowadays, when readers try to articulate that, they say “it’s a Dan Brown kind of book.” You should live so long, but make that your goal.


13) Price competitively and intelligently. Look at your genre. Where are most books priced? Are you undervaluing /underpricing your work? Price to sell, but don’t go cheap, no matter what Locke or Hocking did years ago.

Use low prices occasionally to move product, as promotional pricing. But price your product consistently with the rest of your peers. Over time, you can increase prices, if your product warrants it and your readership is willing to pay it. My advice here is don’t price too low, or too high. Obviously, if you are racing up the charts at $3.99 and believe that moving to .99 will get you into the winner’s circle, go for it, but that’s rare.

Price intelligently, and constantly play around with. By way of example, I tried $2.99 and $3.99, and then $4.99, and my sales were basically the same. .
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111 Tips to Improve Your Writing Career in 2017


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After some relaxing holidays and on the brink to a new year, you might tinker about your writing and publishing career… maybe even have some new year’s resolutions.
Before you dive into 111 Ways in 2016 to Improve Your Writing Career – all the tips for professional publishing and savvy book marketing – here are some basics for your writing pleasure:
What You Need Most of All:
A room of your own, with a door to close to ensure uninterrupted writing time.  Provide yourself privacy and eliminate visual distractions.  Play music on a headset or use ear plugs to block out sounds.  For some writers, having an office outside the house helps them take their work more seriously.  It’s like going to a job.  Or go to the next library.  It’s free and (mostly) quiet and you write surrounded by great literature.
Make Time for Your Writing.
If you want results, you have to put your butt into chair and just … write.  But it isn’t that simple, is it?  Most of us have jobs, kids, chores, and other interests that take away from our writing time, and there are only 24 hours in the day.  And most of us also need to sleep.
Write When You Don’t Feel Like it.
No excuses! Show up: at your desk, every day, without fail.  Turn your passion into a professional discipline.  There’s always time to write. Turn the phone to silent, unplug from the world for a couple of hours and … Excuses are easy to make, but all of us, have at least an hour or two of quiet time a day to devote to our writing: If you’re able to write even 500 words in an hour, and you write for one hour a day, you’ll have written about 15,000 words in a month.  And even if only 50% of those words are usable, if you keep up the habit for a year, you’ll have written 90,000 words – a whole novel.
Rewrite, Rewrite and Rewrite Even More.
You first draft might not be brilliant – however, that doesn’t matter, as it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t consider yourself done until you’ve put in at least several rounds of editing and improving your manuscript.
Is your New Year’s resolution to become a real professional writer, writing at least 2,000 to 3,000 words a day?  Don’t worry about success.  Sit down and write.  Writers write.  Look forward for 2016 which will be your most productive writing year ever!

However, More Important Are These Questions:

  • Has this year fulfilled you?
  • Did you gave as much smiles as you wanted to?
  • Have you had conversations that felt like you?
  • Have you kissed as much as you yearned?
  • Did you get all the hugs you needed?
  • How many dreams yet to accomplish?

2016: will you at last make yourself happy?

More Tips for Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions:



NaNoWriMo Finished and Now What?


You have mastered the challenge of writing a whole book manuscript in one month. Congratulations!
Now your manuscript needs to be polished.
Take advantage of the great benefit of Beta Readers!
But first let’s see the difference between a beta reader, manuscript editor and a proof reader.  You might also ask “Why should I give my manuscript to a beta reader instead of my trusted friends or family?” Contrary to friends and family member, beta readers are often writers themselves. Maybe even in the same genre and they ought to give you honest feedback, no sugar coating, and constructive critique – while your beloved ones are often afraid to hurt your feelings, and might not be objective.  Dealing with another writer you can exchange in beta-reading each other’s manuscripts. And both of you can learn from the others’ weak points.
Where Can You Find Beta Readers?

  • Online Writing Forums
  • Writing Groups
  • Beta Readers at Google+
  • MeetUp Groups and Workshops
  • Fellow Writers you meet at Writing Conferences


Online Writing Forums
For writers looking for very specific feedback from knowledgeable readers Online forums are a great place to find them. Because participants tend to cluster around particular topics of interest. These are just a few of the online resources available that can help writers to connect.  The most popular one seems to be Wattpad which has now 26 million members.
Even celebrity authors, such as Margaret Atwood, post there from time to time. ‘If the work on Wattpad is public, the authors often are not. As many as half its writers are anonymous or pseudonymous. The traditional publishing industry is watching Wattpad closely, not only as a source of new talent but also for techniques to increase reader engagement”, writes David Streitfeld in a New York Times article.  Brittany Geragotelis has been “discovered” this way.

  • Wattpad.com
  • Scribd.com
  • Writers’ Café
  • the Red Room
  • Nothing Binding
  • Figment.com
  • WritingForums.org

Writing Groups
Many creative writing groups focus on critique. While Beta Readers are working through your entire finished manuscript, that’s often not possible for writing groups as time is only constraint to a few pages. Try to find a beta reading exchange with other members – aside from the regular meetings of the group.

Beta Readers at Google+
Google+ offers a variety of fantastic communities for writers looking to connect with like-minded authors. Join these groups, and look out for new ones regularly.

  • Writers’ Critique Group
  • The Writer’s Discussion Group
  • Writers’ Corner
  • Poets of G+
  • JLB Creatives
  • Aspiring Authors
  • Writers, Authors, Bloggers
  • Authors – Blatant Promo 4 Writers, Blogs!

Why not establish your own Beta Reader Group? As more Beta Readers you have, as better! Different people catch different errors.

MeetUp Groups and Workshops
I recently attended quite a few manuscript critique / beta-reading author meetings, and was impressed by the friendly, constructive suggestions of these Meetup members. They can be mostly found in cities, and include a variety of groups for writers. Some gatherings are dedicated to critique and to beta reading.  This is a great avenue for those writers who prefer face-to-face interaction, and who are also open to meet new writer friends.  Don’t find a beta reader meetup listed for your city?  Then you should organize your own!

Once you’ve found a handful of Beta Readers to share your work with you, the result will be a manuscript, which is ready for the editor.  Beta Reading might save you a lot of money, if the editor is charging by the hour. Beta Reading also helps to polish your book before the first reviewer or readers gets their hand on your book.



Motivation for Writers

Self-doubt plagues every writer at some point, no matter how successful they are.  Authors are often wondering whether their efforts are worthwhile.

Cherish Your Visions and Accomplishments.
Write down every time you have been published or praised.  Napoleon Hill advices: “Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”  Talk with readers and writers about your work – if it is constructive. Ensure that you reach a milestone every week or two, such as 10,000 words or three chapters.

Have Your Own Voice.
List your favorite artistic and cultural influences.  Are you using these as references in your writing, or avoiding them, because you don’t think people would understand them.  Ask other people: “What’s my (writers) voice?  What do I sound like?”  Ask yourself: “Do I enjoy what I’m writing as I’m writing it?”  If it feels like work, you may not be writing like yourself.

Keep Writing.
Stay busy and produce more work, use writing tools that increase your productivity, exercises that kickstart your novel.  Establish a writing routine: keep a regular time and place that is dedicated to your writing process.  Sit down and start writing!
One page is roughly 250 words, and writing three pages for six days per week, for 50 weeks, you will finish a draft of around 225,000 words or 900 pages.   James Patterson launches as many as six novels a year (with the help of ghostwriters – however he outlines mostly around 80 pages himself).  Another writer who is very prolific is Stephen King with 60+ books so far.  Other such writers are mentioned in a former blog post, they wrote between eighteen and ninety-eight! books and they are true role models to follow for anyone, who complains about the hardship of writing.

Sit Down, Write and Reach Milestones.
Reward yourself when writing is especially difficult.  Some days are just awful struggles.  You don’t want to sit down, and even when you do, the words just will not come.  Force yourself writing for ten or fifteen minutes, and you usually get the momentum to keep going and continuing.
Have a deadline and making it a realistic one.  Figure out how many words or pages you need to write per day and how many days per week to reach it.  Tick off the days on your calendar, where you reach your target.  Reward yourself when you are able to keep on track – it will increase your writers motivation.
Choose achievements along the way based on reaching milestones in terms of words or numbers of pages written depending on which you tend to count.

Plan Your Days.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?  How many hours per week / day will you work on your new book?  When will your writing times be?
Don’t squeeze writing time into the leftover spaces. Keep a regular writing schedule,  just as you would make any other appointment.  Tell your loved ones when you will be unavailable due to writing.  Just because you are writing at home does not mean you are available for conversation, errands or household tasks.  If this is a problem, find an alternative place to work away from your home, such as a library or coffee shop and schedule time where you can write uninterrupted.

Invest in Time for your Author Brand too.
Author Hope Clark recently wrote in her newsletter:
“…Branding is super critical right now. I hear long-time, mid-list authors complain these days about how their incomes are way down, but they are doing the same thing they have always done….marketing some, maybe posting on FB three times a week, thinking what worked in 2008 still works now.”

“You cannot be seen without being different. You cannot be heard without noise, a different kind of noise because God knows it’s noisy out there. You need a brand, and when you figure out what it is, then you need to sling it and work it hard. Daily. Yep, daily. You have to keep swimming or you’ll drown. Nobody is throwing you a life raft. The only options are to keep swimming, drown, or simply get out of the water. And the decision is all yours.”
Persistence is the key for your writing success:
Fight back against self-doubt!  And always remember what Bestseller Author Stephen King said: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work”.  Why not learning from and replicate the habits and qualities of some of the most famous, wealthiest, and most celebrated authors in the world?  Why not harness the power of these principles for your own success as an author? Read more in “12 Principles Of Highly Successful Authors”.




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12 Principles Of Highly Successful Authors

Why not learning from and replicate the habits and qualities of some of the most famous, wealthiest, and most celebrated authors in the world?  Why not harness the power of these principles for your own success as an author?


Be self-confident – believe in the possibility of your own success.
If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?  To be successful you need to hone your writing craft enough to become really successful.

Commit to writing.
It might sound obvious, but a writer writes.  Dedicate yourself to an idea, and make it a habit to write at a certain time of the day – every day – no matter what.

Learn how to motivate yourself.
Successful writers are highly motivated for their writing, they know exactly what that motivation is, and what they need to do to regain it, if they lose it from time to time.

Take control of your live.
Your competence to tackle writing books is the better way than to wait for a mentor to tell you exactly what you need to do with your writing life.  If you want to get your novel(s) published, you need to be the one who gets things moving.

Connect with others – readers and writers.
Learning to connect with others makes you a better writer, a better communicator, and improves the chances of people liking you and your books. It also will improve your book ideas. Don’t hide behind the “being a shy writer”.

Connect with your own purpose and values.
Successful authors know that their values show in their own writing and tell the world who they are. Accept how worthwhile and valuable it is to the world, and offer it without reservation, like a personal mission.

Use Affirmations to motivate yourself.
All successful authors have used affirmations at some stage in their lives to propel them forward, create some for yourself and you will be able to claim your rightful place among successful authors.

Set goals for yourself.
Set checkpoints for yourself along the way.  Successful authors know exactly what they are trying to achieve, and continually make steps towards their goals.  Create your own path to success.

Write, write and write even more.
Stephen King said it famously: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work”. Successful people have actually written their books. Commitment can only be measured by action.

Self-Management is important.
Successful writers learn to manage their time which is the most precious, free good they have. Spend more time on the things that are important! Find ways to remove stress from your live.

Make writing part of your happiness.
It’s the only thing that matters. Write about the things that truly matter to you; that entertain you, interest you, and it will contribute to your happiness in the long term – success will follow.

Last but not least:  have patience and perseverance!
Create a plan, have patience and discipline, faith in yourself and have a long-term perspective.  Remember the 10,000-hour-rule for writers – or five years and five books – and you will succeed!




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Food for Thought …




Checking out Sarah’s Reviews’s on Goodreads and her website, I looked a little bit closer at her favorite authors list.  As an avid reader, a very fair reviewer and book blogger she read many titles of these prolific writers.  Note: these authors wrote between 18, in words: eighteen and 98, in words: ninety-eight! books, and they are true role models to follow for anyone who complains that their first book is not a bestseller…


Jim Butcher 
author of 98 books, including Storm Front
Last book read by Skin Game (The Dresden Files)

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

Patricia Briggs 
author of 84 books , including Moon Called
Last book read by Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega)

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

Veronica Roth 
author of 30 books , including Divergent
Last book read by Insurgent (Divergent)
Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT launched in 2013.  Some of her books made it even into movies!

Marissa Meyer 
author of 18 books , including Cinder
Last book read by Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)
She tells about herself: I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg. CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

Exploring Routines of Famous Writers
You might discover certain patterns, such as: The best ways to get over the “blank page hurdle”. The trick to overcome this isn’t easy, but it’s surprisingly effective: give yourself permission to write badly, and just start writing. Many authors who write beautifully and make a lot of money, don’t sit down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts.  So, to get over the biggest hurdle—the blank page—just get writing. The secret to prolific writing is practice!




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