April may be our favorite month of the year—National Poetry Month! Whether you write it or not, poetry offers something for everyone who reads it. It can offer strength, encouragement, reflection, peace—the list goes on and on. This month is dedicated to reading, writing, and appreciating poetry in all its forms, which is wonderful, but we think this is a practice readers and writers should carry with themselves throughout the entire calendar year. If reading poetry has inspired you to start writing your own, but you aren’t quite sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. DiggyPOD aims to help every writer, whether self-published or not. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to write poetry for beginners.
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Every writer needs some guidance here and there. You don’t start out by publishing bestselling novels. It takes years of practice and learning. So whether you’ve self-published one book, many books, or no books, there’s always room to improve your writing. Our latest blog series has explored how to improve your writing, from at-home practices and activities to group workshops and retreats.
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Imagine this: you’re reading through what you think is a print-ready proof of your manuscript, ready for it to be printed, bound, and shipped out, only to find countless spelling and grammar errors. Suddenly, what you thought was ready to be printed and sold needs another round of edits (maybe a few). Doesn’t sound fun, does it? We don’t think so. That’s why we believe taking steps to eradicate these common writing mistakes from your work is crucial. Our latest blog series has been all about strengthening your writing and improving your craft. Taking steps, such as attending writing workshops and retreats, and following writing prompts and other exercises, to improve the quality of your work is great, but it’s all for naught if it’s riddled with the same mistakes over and over again.
Here are some common writing mistakes that hinder your work. Do yourself and your craft a favor, and cut these errors.
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Ever find yourself in a writing rut? You try and try, but no matter how long you stare at the blank page or write, erase, and rewrite a sentence, the words just don’t seem to come. We’ve all been there, and it isn’t fun. Sometimes this uninspired moment turns into full-blown writers block; other times, all you need is a little boost. Don’t let these moments derail a project. Instead, try a writing prompt, a craft exercise, or some other writing practice to jumpstart your creativity. Writing prompts for adults are fun, quick ways to get your writing back on track, and you may be surprised: what starts as a silly writing prompt may turn into a serious new project.
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Writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Creativity is a fire that needs to be stoked and fed to keep burning. We’ve already discussed the benefits of writing workshops and writers retreats – the chance to surround yourself with other creatives, the chance to immerse yourself in nature and let it inspire you. The following books will help strengthen your writing and improve your craft. There’s nothing wrong with getting writing help. These books will provide that invaluable writing help you need to grow and flourish as a self-publisher. From style guides to self-publishing how-tos, you’ll want all five of these books on your shelf.
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The best way to improve your craft is to immerse yourself in your writing, surround yourself with other artists, and, of course, write, write, write. A writing retreat is a good idea for veteran and novice writers alike. Writing retreats are little getaways during which you’ll write, edit, and share your work with other artists. Think of writing retreats as destination writing workshops. Your sole purpose for the retreat is to create: maybe you’ll focus on finish your book, editing a current draft, or developing a new project altogether. This is why retreats are so perfect for new writers. Writing retreats for beginners provides much-needed space and time to let ideas, plot lines, characters, and creativity flourish. It’s a chance to escape the everyday mundanities of life and focus solely on your book.
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Writing is a skill like any other: some have a natural affinity for it, where it feels as natural as breathing; others may need to work a little harder to produce work. Every writer, though, must practice, refine, and strengthen their craft through thoughtful exercises, activities, group discussion, and prompts. Think of your brain—and more specifically, your creativity—as a muscle: to reach your full creative potential, you must exercise that muscle. Among other ways to improve your craft, creative writing workshops push you to new heights while offering insightful feedback, helpful suggestions, and gentle criticism.
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One crucial aspect of self-publishing a book is probably one you haven’t given much thought to: audience development. Writing can be such a solitary act, and self-publishing lends itself to this feeling, but you must always keep your readers in mind. Your book, once published, belongs to them, too. It’s important to write while keeping audience in mind, and it’s also important to interact with your that audience frequently to both grow and maintain loyal readers. In this blog we’ll discuss how to sell your newly self-published book and how to attract and keep a dedicated reading audience.
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Building an audience is all about making connections. You can do this through your book, your words, your social media personality, your blog, or through meaningful interactions with other writers and readers in writing forums. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a part of a creative and supportive community? Think of how your craft will grow and flourish under the care and meaningful support and critiques of others within your field.
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So far in this blog series, we’ve discussed what audience development is and how to use social media to achieve it. In this blog, we’ll discuss why authors should create a blog and an official author website to provide a central hub for everything they write and publish. Even if you aren’t particularly technologically savvy, you can create a blog and website.
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