Do You Have to Write Every Day?

Do You Have to Write Every Day?

Nope. You don’t. You definitely, absolutely, 100% do not have to write every day to be a writer.

So why do some writers claim you do? Because they do. It’s fabulous that they can sit down and write every single day of their life. Plenty of successful authors do that. Plenty of successful authors don’t.

If a daily schedule works for you, beautiful. But if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. Like athletes, many of us need breaks to recover, adapt, recharge, and prevent burn out. 

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FAQ - Do I Need A Literary Agent?

FAQ - Do I Need A Literary Agent?

If you want to sell your book to a major New York publisher, you need an agent, no question. As with anything in life, there are rare exceptions, but do you want to drastically narrow your chances in hopes of winning the lottery? If so, why? A good agent has relationships with editors and publishers, they know who’s looking for what, they know how to sell a book, they know how to negotiate a good contract, and

3 Simple Mistakes That Will Kill Your Novel's Opening (+ how to fix them)

3 Simple Mistakes That Will Kill Your Novel's Opening (+ how to fix them)

You’re trying to juggle a dozen things at once – an unforgettable first line, a fresh voice, an original theme, complex characters, mood and tone and conflict and a sense of mystery, and so on and so forth. In so doing, there’s a good chance you’ve inadvertently lost the most important element of all – clarity. 

How to Think Like a Publishing Gatekeeper

How to Think Like a Publishing Gatekeeper

Once upon a time, I was a magazine editor with an inbox full of pitches from writers and publicists. Many of the senders probably submitted those queries and imagined me waiting for them to come in, reading through each one carefully to decide whether or not it had merit. 

Here’s what was really on my mind each time a new pitch pinged through: