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Remember that we write for people and not computer algorithms People have different opinions as to the ideal length of a blog post. When I first started blogging almost ten years ago, I heard you needed at least 200 words … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Celebrate the benefits of using your voice to produce your first draft A couple years ago I heard about authors using dictation to write the first draft of their books. Although intrigued by the idea of using speech-to-text software to … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
We’re wise to learn what we can from other writers who have gone before us This blog is about writing and publishing. I share what I know in the posts, and you share what you know in the comments. Our … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Consider these six items: 1) Quality is Often Lacking: Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
In my post “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides. Consider these five items: 1) It Takes Longer: Unless … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Too many experts say writers must blog, but that may not be good advice As writers we’re told that if we want to be successful at publishing our work, then we need an author platform. Yes, this is true. Publishers … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Being a writer requires giving up other things, and making it a priority requires sacrifice It’s been said that some people really don’t want to write, they want to have written. They want to see the results, without putting in … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Despite what seems like user apathy, Google+ continues to move forward In talking about social media for authors, we’ve looked at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Goodreads. What about Google+? I’m on Google+, but I often wonder why. Google+ began … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
1) Greater Control: Self-published authors enjoy more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but either way they have more control, usually a lot more. 2) Earn More Per … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
I once read that blogging is a form of self-publishing. The author’s opinion gave me pause. It seemed a simplistic claim. I felt it in some way diminished the noble art of publishing. Anyone can blog, and it seems most … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Authors who use dictation claim a much higher writing speed I’ve recently been experimenting with using dictation to write and bought a USB headset to reduce dictation errors. So far I’m excited with the process and anxious to get better … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
A quality headset reduces dictation errors Last week I shared my first steps at using dictation as an alternative way to write. To test dictation I didn’t invest any money in software or hardware, as I merely wanted to do … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Writers claim to dramatically increase their writing speed by speaking instead of typing In listening to podcasts and reading blogs, I’ve heard a lot about writers using dictation. This intrigued me. There are two reasons why I wanted to try … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Today’s hot writing advice may prove embarrassing in a few years I still have the mimeograph handout from high school, from oh so many years ago. The title boasts “50 Substitutes for Said.” The opening instruction says, “Both color and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Authors must be aware of words they overuse and that will irritate readers Every writer has words they use a lot, too often in fact. They’re called go-to words. In my fiction writing, I use smile, nod, and sigh a … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Goodreads is the premier social media site for book lovers In past months we’ve covered Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. One social media option is especially tailored to writers: Goodreads. “Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Failing to stay current on writing trends hurts writers and lessens their work It seems everything I learned in school about writing was wrong. Okay, that’s an overstatement. But many of the lessons I mastered in school no longer apply … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
A writing methodology that works for everyone who is neither 100 percent outliner nor organic writer I heard several people mention Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method For Designing a Novel. Eventually I became curious enough to check out his post on … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan