Hannah Gordon is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan, where she studied Communications and Creative Writing. Her creative work can be found in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, and more.
If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, you’ll know we’ve discussed writing historical fiction in the past. Today, however, we’re talking about historical nonfiction. Just to clarify, nonfiction means writing that is based on actual events. It’s factual. Nonfiction writing includes biographies (stories written about someone’s life by a different author), autobiographies (linear stories written about a person’s life by that same person), and memoir (non-linear story about a person’s life by that same person).
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Every Friday in June, we’ll be posting a blog in our series on how to improve your writing. From how to write dialogue or conflicts to how to improve your grammar, our June Writing Series is dedicated to livening up your story so that it’s ready for self-publication.
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Ever wonder how bestselling authors actually write bestseller books? Every writer does! It’s every author’s dream to hit it big: to write that book no one has thought of yet, to revolutionize a genre, to get movie deals, spin-offs, loyal and dedicated fans, etc. Any and every bestseller list is desirable. It’s a dream, and like any dream, it is achievable but only through hard work and understanding what makes a bestseller a bestseller.
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Every Friday in June, we’ll be posting a blog in our series on how to improve your writing. From how to improve your writing skills and grammar to how to improve writing style, our June Writing Series is dedicated to livening up your story so that it’s ready for self-publication. Stay tuned for more blog posts on how to write your novel.
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It’s June, and even though summer doesn’t officially start until the summer solstice—June 21—it’s basically already summer. So get on that swimsuit, hit the pool or beach, and don’t forget to bring along the first book on your summer reading list!
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Summer is here! It’s finally warm out, and the pool/beach/lake is beckoning. The next three months promise suntans, sunburns, and, if you’re anything like me, laziness. Don’t fall behind in your writing just because warmer days are upon us: start using writing prompts! Writing prompts are a superb way to exercise those writing muscles and stay on top of your craft. They’re fun, easy, and effective!
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Once all is said, done, and written, you’ll be faced with the decision: is it time to publish your own book? Here are some good indicators that a book is ready for publication.
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Writer’s block happens to the best of writers. It can feel incredibly debilitating at times, lasting for days or weeks. Or it could only last a couple of hours. Writer’s block is nothing to be ashamed of, but there are steps you can take to fight back against it. All a writer wants to do is write; it is more than a job or a craft, it is a need, a compulsion. When that is taken away from them, it can be so difficult.
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Romance novels are the most popular in self-publishing. There is an estimated $1.08 billion in romance sales per year. Self-published authors can make serious money writing romance novels. Romance readers are fiercely dedicated to their genre, but one thing is for sure: if you rely on romance cliches, you won’t get very far. Here are seven romance cliches to avoid when writing romance novels.
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So you’ve decided you’re writing a novel. It’s an exciting time, brimming with possibility. Once you get to work, though, you may find that it’s harder than you thought it was going to be. Don’t let this deter you. Yes, it’s a hard job. But someone has to do it.
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