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Books from other authors that I’ve found helpful

Rachel Aaron – 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

“Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you feel like you’re crawling through your story, struggling for each paragraph? Would you like to get more words every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the story of how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too.”

Expanding on her highly successful process for doubling daily word counts, this book–a combination of reworked blog posts and new material–offers practical writing advice for anyone who’s ever longed to increase their daily writing output. In addition to updated information for Rachel’s popular 2k to 10k writing efficiency process, 5 step plotting method, and easy editing tips, this new book includes chapters on creating characters that write their own stories, story structure, and learning to love your daily writing. Full of easy to follow, practical advice from a commercial author who doesn’t eat if she doesn’t produce good books on a regular basis, 2k to 10k focuses not just on writing faster, but writing better, and having more fun while you do it.

Libbie Hawker – Take Off Your Pants! Outline your Books for Faster, Better Writing

When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”? Is one method really better than the other? In this instructional book, author Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting any time or words. Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience.

If you want to improve writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the how-to book for you. Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining.

This revised edition includes answers to the most popular questions regarding Libbie Hawker’s outlining process.

Jacqueline Garlick – Tick-Tock Edits: How to Edit Your Own Writing

Dreading the editing process? Want to learn how to become a better self-editor, but you don’t know where to start? Seeking to learn how to edit your own writing more confidently and more efficiently, with less stress and drama? How about improving the quality of your manuscript tenfold, just by applying these ten simple tips. That’s right, inside this little eBook is an editing pot of gold. Okay, well…maybe not gold, but it is certainly very helpful. Introducing ten easy to implement— even easier to understand—basic editing fix-its, guaranteed to strengthen any manuscript. That’s right, any manuscript. No matter the genre. Tick-Tock Edits has you covered.

Inside, Tick-Tock Edits you will find a succinct, easy-to-follow list of ten basic—but highly effective—industry editing tips. The same real world strategies used by New York Times best-selling authors, top freelancers, and New York publishing editors alike. Learn how to recognize ten common editing faux pas, and how to successfully correct them. Save time and money by becoming a better self-editor, while injecting strength and clarity into your manuscripts. Improve dialogue. Tighten sentences. Empower every scene. A companion to Tick-Tock Plot, Tick-Tock Edits helps take the drudgery out of editing.

Joanna Penn – How to Make a Living With Your Writing

Joanna Penn spent thirteen years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. She was miserable in her job and her creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind.

Then she started writing books and blogging, using her words to create products and attract readers. In September 2011, Joanna left her corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur and since then she’s grown her business year on year – all based on her writing.

More importantly, she’s finally living the happy life she always wanted.

She’s not a Kindle or blogging millionaire and this is not a get rich quick scheme. But she’ll share with you how she makes a six-figure income from writing books, blogging and marketing in an ethical manner.

Honoree Corder – Prosperity for Writers: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Abundance

Writers don’t get paid much. At least, that’s what you’ve convinced yourself. You believe that you’ve taken up the mantle of the starving artist, and that means you have to struggle for every cent you earn. But what if a simple change in beliefs and tactics could lead you to abundance and success? Your time would be better spent and your bank account would finally be full from your creative efforts. Author Honorée Corder is here to help you transform your life. Most books on writing touch on craft or marketing. Prosperity for Writers goes in a different direction entirely, providing you with the techniques, tools, and ideas you need to revolutionize your writing business and beliefs.

Based on her innovative course, Honorée and a laundry list of forward-thinking writers will change your mindset for good into one of abundance. Once you’ve transformed your inner world, you’ll be able to boost your bank account with proven action steps that will help you live off your writing. With Honorée’s invaluable 100-day plan and daily practices by your side, you’ll go from struggling to prosperous faster than you ever thought possible. By sharing her money-changing beliefs, affirmations, and proven success stories, Honorée has elevated writers from every area of the profession to financial success. Don’t suffer any longer. Read this book to finally become the person you knew you could be: a financially-successful career writer. Buy the transformative guide to claim your prosperity today!

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