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Becoming a Student of Your Own Creative Process

How do you best create? How do you best write, collaborate, increase the quality of your work, improve your ability to focus, or increase the quantity of output? What actions are you taking to build a body of work that is both meaningful, and powered by a sense of momentum? Each of you will have […]

How to Nurture Your Fan Base

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Fans are one of the greatest rewards of being a writer. It wouldn’t take much, since there’s so little money in publishing, but still. A loyal […]

Navy Commander Rick Campbell Makes Waves by Penning Military Thrillers

Unboxeders, I hope you’ll join me today in welcoming retired Navy Commander Rick Campbell to Writer Unboxed for a brief interview about his writing. For more than twenty-five years, as we slept on pillow-topped queen-sized mattresses, he claimed a rack aboard one of four nuclear submarines, working to keep us safe. On his last submarine, […]

How To Create A Promotion Plan “Story”

Let’s say a friend of yours has just finished writing a mystery novel, and he asks you to read it before he submits it to agents, or publishes it himself. You asks, “Why does the protagonist care about figuring out who murdered his neighbor?” He shrugs. “I don’t know. It’s just the right thing to […]

Why Email Newsletters? To Become an Enthusiastic Respite in the Lives of Your Readers

Last summer, I talked about why writers should consider creating an email newsletter to better engage with others. I proposed the following reasons: Email is a less crowded channel Email is a communication channel people actually check, and they’ve given you permission to communicate Email is a proven sales tool That post prompted some great […]

The Art of the Comp

Today’s guest is Greer Macallister, a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist whose work has appeared in publications like The North American Review, The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, The Magician’s Lie–released TODAY–has been getting tremendous buzz. It […]

Beware: The Shady Side of New Publishing Opportunities

Once upon a time, there was vanity publishing. Remember?  Those were the days when self-publishing had a very bad rap. Not so much because the books’ quality was shaky (though that tended to be true), nor even because authors had to pay to have them published (though that was indeed frowned upon), but mainly because […]

What Your Writer’s Resume Says About Your Chances for Recognition

Lately, a new mantra has caught on: “There’s no better time to be a writer.” Not only has self-publishing helped open the doors to so many aspiring authors, but the online world has created more opportunities than ever before to build a platform, network and self-promote. From a schmoozing and promotion perspective, anything seems possible. […]

Adding More White Space To Your Life

I take a nap every day. That seems like something of a confession, because I find that there is a strange fixation in our culture of a certain kind of productivity. One where you have to be “always on,” always “crushing it,” always stressed, always available, always buried by email. Too often, this creates the […]

The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief

Earlier this year, at an online forum for writers that I frequent, I watched a familiar scenario play itself out. A new member joined the forum, full of excitement (and not a small amount of hubris) about the novel he’d just completed. As he posted his early attempts at a query letter for others to […]

You’re Such a Character

As an author, especially one just starting out, you’re often told about the importance of your “brand.” You’re lectured that how you act on social media, what you talk about in interviews, and what you write should all be in keeping with whatever “brand” you choose. But that can seem artificial or inauthentic. You’re a person, after […]

The Attention You Give; The Experience You Create

Many people bemoan the self-involved writer on social media, the one who is constantly vying for attention and over-promoting their own work. This puts other writers (you, perhaps?) into a conundrum: you WANT attention for your work, but only in an elegant manner. Self-promotion, with grace. This week, I read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul […]