Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors

Writing Hack #8. Get Honest

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #8. Get Honest by Deborah S. NelsonThis writing hack is the bottom line for writers. When you write, whether it is journalism, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction you must be transparent. To create a bond between author and reader, the author must be honest. Making up a false character is fine for the narrative, but not fine for the author. The writing piece is not about you, and as the author, you need to stay out of the way of the story. Let the story take on a life of its own, by simply being honest as you write. Do not confuse the narrative with a story about who you are. Keep it simple.

In addition, as a writer, an incredible practice you can develop is to cultivate a practice of being honest with yourself. Keeping it real, as a person (and as a writer) will activate the flowing words! As a writer, you will constantly need to be connecting with “the muse” or “your source” and to do that, you’ll need to be transparent enough to let the story connect with you. Then, and only then, can you communicate the message to the reader.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #7. Get Over Yourself

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #7. Get Over Yourself—Find Purpose by Deborah S. NelsonAs writers, we sometimes find ourselves alone with the naked vulnerability of what we writing. This sometimes stimulates a protection mode, whereby we allow our ego to take over. In this situation, writing becomes about what it looks like and sounds like, rather than the essence of the story we intend to share. Writing can become about how famous we might be, book signings, podcasts, and how many books we sell, if the critics like us—or not. We may lose sight of our purpose, our story, and our creativity.

To keep this ugly aspect at bay, before you sit down to write, remind yourself of your purpose, and your inner joy. For those of us who love to write, we write with deep purpose—not with an idea to be noticed or famous. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a goal to become a best-selling author, but to achieve that goal requires an expression of our best creativity.

Writing should ultimately speak to a reader. The reader is in a relationship with you. The author-reader relationship needs to be a give and take. The ideal relationship between author and reader is one of equality. That means, sometimes, dear writer, you just need to “get over yourself!”

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #6. Write Recklessly

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #6 Write Recklessly by Deborah S. NelsonOnce you have formed your inspiration, writing space, and daily time, I am going to urgently suggest that you write recklessly. What does that mean? Your most inspired writing will flow when inspired. Write your story as it flows out of you, and do not be concerned one iota how it sounds. Make spelling, editing or any kind of errors, but first, get your inspired story down on paper.

Inspiration plus the idea are the most important aspects of good writing. We have the art of writing and we have the craft of writing. You can be a successful writer without the craft because you can hire someone for editing and proofreader, but you cannot be a successful writer without the story. Therefore, do not be distracted with spelling, grammar, or structure. Leave the image of the high school English teacher behind and write recklessly. She only was focused on the details. When writing a masterpiece you will be focused on the story, the flow, and the inspiration. Your story or knowledge that you are sharing is the most important aspect of writing.

You may go back later and do some editing—or hire a professional editor. However, if you need editing tips, try our series called 10 Self-Editing DIY TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride. It is an amazing series for getting your self-editing in order and will save you hundreds or even thousands in editing costs.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #5. Do it Daily

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #5 Do it Daily—Writing Daily by Deborah S. NelsonWriting daily helps to stimulate your creative juices. Even if you can set aside 15-20 minutes to write, this will increase your writing dexterity. The more you write the better-inspired ideas will flow through your fingers. At a certain point, we become one with the keyboard with the ideas flowing through where we as writers become the channel of higher inspiration.

At first, it might be easier to journal and write about what happened yesterday, or about a simple subject with which you are familiar. The main idea is to take baby steps with your writing so you will not intimidate or overwhelm yourself. Good habits produce great results. Bad habits produce horrible results. Develop the habit of writing daily, and you will propel your writing ability into the stratosphere.

Why write daily? Writing is like a muscle, which needs stimulation, air, and exercise. Something good happens to connect the nervous system, the brain, and the hands. Even if you feel you have little to write about some days—you can rewrite something you wrote before. In this way, you’ll benefit from the habit of writing daily in the long run.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #4. Just Write It!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #4 Just Write it!—Blog by Deborah S. NelsonNow that you are journaling, the next step is to write for other readers. One easy and quick way to do this is to blog. Setting up a blog is fairly simple and quick. Just go to WordPress.com or Google to find a free blog platform. Sign up for an account and start blogging—weekly, bi-weekly, or daily.

Find a subject that you know a lot about, want to learn more, and that you are passionate about. Write about 500 words or more for each blog. Add some images to the blog. If you do not want to set up your own blog, do a search on your subject material and find a few websites in that area. Write them on their contact page and volunteer to be a guest blogger, and request their blogging guidelines. Websites always need new content and are open to those who want to write for them.

Before you publish your blog, run spell check, and also do a self-edit. Let the blog sit a day or two after you have written it and read over it to do a self-edit. You may use my 10 DIY TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride. These self-editing tips are GOLDEN. They took me years to learn and discover and now you can learn them in an afternoon.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Once you gave the blog a good edit, you can publish it. Congratulations, you are a published author!

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #3. Write to Yourself

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #3 Write to Yourself--Journaling by Deborah S. NelsonNow is the time to take baby steps, and a well-known baby step in writing is journaling. And one of the fastest routes to get down the road on your journey to published author is to write to yourself.

When you are journaling, you are the intended reader. You tell yourself the easiest story to tell, which is about you, and who you are. Writing a journal is fun, easy, and gives you a way to practice your writing skills. Almost all infamous writers started their writing career with a journal.

These days a journal takes on many forms. You may purchase an actual book with paper and use that as your journal. You can even buy one that locks, which is a good idea, to protect your privacy. However, some people may prefer to write on their laptop or tablet. For me, journaling is easiest using a keyboard on a laptop. Some writers also use the recorder feature on their cell phone to “write” as later, the file can be translated into a word document.

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The practice of journaling teaches how to write regularly. With a journal, it is easy to get in the habit of writing 15 minutes a day to record your day. Writing to yourself is an easy way to get the words flowing without feeling insecure or embarrassed wondering who is reading it. As you gain more confidence you will write with the intention that others will read your work.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack #2. Aspiring Writers Rock!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #2 Aspiring Writers Rock! by Deborah S. NelsonWriting an article, book, song, screenplay, or poem is akin to creating life—a fantasy life. The story we tell is brought to life by our carefully chosen, inspired words. Words are like a brushstroke on a canvas—they paint a picture.

As an aspiring writer, you strive to tell a story, to teach a thing, and to entertain, to create laughter and very life itself.  If you write fiction your characters begin to take on a life of their own. Your words, thoughts, feelings are brought to life through the action of writing.

If you aspire to write, most certainly the creativity inside you is seeking to be expressed. You want to share ideas, philosophies, morals, and truths. If you are a journalist, you seek facts and documentation that leads readers to the truth. If fiction is your venue, then you entertain your readers with storylines and characters that distract, delight, and drive a plot to its conclusion.

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With courage and compassion, you strive to teach, entertain, and move your reader. From now on, never apologize for being an aspiring writer. All great writers began here. Always remember, if you are an aspiring writer—YOU ROCK!

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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WRITING HACK #1. Writing is Risky

Writing Takes Courage

Believe it or not–writing is a thrill seeking avocation! Yet, as writers, we do not seek to step off a bridge with a bungee cord. Nor, are you likely to find us skydiving from an airplane with a parachute. But I contend—we push the envelope just the same. When we write, and especially when we publish, we take the risks of our lives—our emotional lives. We place our heart and soul on the edge of a cliff for the world to see. Yet, we have no bungee cord or parachute.

I would argue that even though we quietly sit at a computer and writing desk, that our writing presents even more risk than extreme sports. So, are you ready for this extreme sport? Wishing, hoping, and fantasizing will get you started, but isn’t going to get you published. The first step your must take NOW is to confess that you are a writer and you are ready for the extreme risk. Say it out loud. I am a writer and I am ready for extreme risk. This is not easy, but necessary to make real and measurable progress towards becoming a professional published author. Writing takes a ton of courage. Are ready with your courage?

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Tactics for Aspiring Writers Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

Write & Publish a Book in a Flash!

Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S Nelson has written and published 22 books in 8 years. She is a publishing coach and professional author-speaker-writing coach.  

How Can I Write & Publish a Book to AMAZON BOOKS?

  1. Get Inspired to Write
  2. Design a Writing Space
  3. Write Daily
  4. Write Recklessly
  5. Make a Goal to Publish

Step 1–Get Inspired to Write a Book

Would you like to write a book quickly? Not interested in dragging out this project for years and years like in the good old days of traditional publishing? This article will teach you how to write a book in a flash!

Perhaps you are a business person and want to write a book to inform, education, or persuade your clients that you know your subject.  You want to increase the value of your brand. You can increase your client base, raise your prices, and be considered an expert in your industry once you publish your book. You do not have much time to write, so this article is going to teach you the tricks of the trade to get it done!

One of the most effective ways to write a book in short order is to define an idea that truly excites you. Scan your mind and heart for a subject that inspires and motivates you. Another good way is to write about something about which you are highly knowledgeable or passionate. By using one of these ways, the book will practically write itself. The text will get a life of its own and you will hardly be able to stop writing!

My second book was part of an experiment. I took a three-month sabbatical to the Caribbean and I wrote this book in three months! I was super inspired about a subject that I was familiar with, and I literally wrote 12 hours a day for three months. Now, I was actually working on two books at that time, but I did finish one of those books, and published it to Amazon. That book made me hundreds of dollars each month for years—enough to pay my rent in the on other writing visits to the Caribbean.

You do not need to be a best-selling author to earn enough income to make writing and publishing a book worthwhile. If you are knowledgeable in a niche, you can sell books to those who crave that information. Find a subject or a niche you are knowledgeable about and also inspires you, and writing a book will be fun, easy, and fast!

Step 2–Design a Writing Space

Writing requires concentration and focus—especially if you are inspired. Therefore, find a quiet place to think and to write, without distractions. Once you create a peaceful writing environment, writing comes naturally. The words will pour out of you!

Your writing space may include a room or a desk in a quiet part of your home or office. It could be a separate office just for your writing—where and when you can function uninterruptedly.

Be creative in designing your writing space. My writing space was a beach front property in the Caribbean. If your home is full of family responsibilities and distractions, you may need to rent a room in a friend’s house, or create a space in a garage or cottage. It is not necessary that your writing space be so radical as mine—but be creative in the way you create your writing space, so that you will be excited about going to your writing space.

Be sure you have a comfortable chair, perhaps an ergonomic chair because if you are writing a book, you will be spending hours on that chair. Additionally get an ergonomic mouse pad. Finally, remember to stand and stretch to keep your body limber. The first few years I neglected these things and found myself struggling with neck issues, as well as carpel tunnel syndrome. These things have lightened up since I put these ideas into practice.

Along with you finding and defining a writing space you will need the proper tools. A laptop or a desktop with a word processing software, plus a printer are basic tools. In addition, you may want to try our Self-Publishing Toolkit to bolster up your writing office. In addition, you might want to try one of our writing kits.

Step 3–Make a Regular Time to Write

Most people feel they are too busy to write. Writing often gets continuously stashed onto the back burner. I am going to suggest how to overcome this. Write First. If you are unable to write first thing in the morning, then define a certain time to write daily. One author that I knew with 14 books in publication, wrote at 5 am for 45 minutes daily before going to work at 8 am as an editor for a publishing company.

Try this fine tip. Above all, define a time to write daily. You may be busy only have 15 minutes to write, but writing daily is critical to becoming a successful author. You need the practice, and writing every day creates fluidity to your narrative. Your creativity and flow will come alive once you make the habit of daily writing.

In addition, once you write the same time each day this habit will work for you. You will find once you create a daily writing time, that the ideas will  flow to you at that time—or even before. Some people like to write first thing in the morning when they are fresh, yet other writers do better late at night, as that is when their creativity seems to kick in. If necessary, try different times to write to see which time works best. In any case writing daily will help you to be immensely successful going forward.

Step 4–Write Recklessly

Once you have formed your inspiration, writing space, and daily time, I am going to urgently suggest that you write recklessly. What does that mean? Your best and most inspired writing will flow when inspired. Write your story as it flows out of you, and do not be concerned one iota how it looks, or sounds. Make spelling, editing or any kind of errors, but first, get your inspired story down on paper.

Inspiration plus the idea, is the most important aspect, of good writing. We have the art of writing and we have the craft of writing.  You can be a successful writer without the craft, because you can hire someone for editing and proofreader; but you can not be a successful writer without the story. Therefore, do not be distracted with spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. Leave the image of the high school English teacher behind. She only was focused on the details. When writing a masterpiece you will not be focused on the details, but on the story, on the flow, and the inspiration. Your story or knowledge that you are sharing is the most important aspect of writing—not the spelling, grammar, editing or formatting.

 You may go back later and do some editing—or hire a professional editor. However, if you need editing tips, try our series called 10 Self-Editing DIY TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride. It is an amazing series for getting your self-editing in order, and will save you hundreds or even thousands in editing costs.

Step 5–Make a Goal to Self Publish a Book

What is the point of writing if you are not going to publish your works? Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) once said that writing a book and not publishing it is like having a baby and then setting in on someone’s doorstep

Therefore, set yourself up with a goal to publish. Go ahead and make a goal—a realistic goal and a timeline. If you publish with a traditional publishing company, this will take some time, unless you already have a relationship with a publisher. If you do not already have a publisher I suggest using self-publishing with print on demand where you can keep all your royalties and copyrights. When your manuscript is nearly finished you may want to know about our DIY Self-Publishing kits which walk you through the printing and publishing process.

How to Publish a Book at Home Online

How to Publish a Book at Home (Video)

By Deborah S. Nelson

How to Publish a Book at HomeOnce upon a time, it was nearly impossible for an ordinary person to publish a book. You couldn’t just publish one book, and required a publishing company to invest the money required to print thousands of books at a time.

Then, in the 21st Century along came digital printing. What is digital printing? It is the ability to print a book from a digital file prepared to certain specifications that result in one printed book. This article will teach you the basics of how to publish a book at home.

No longer does a publisher (or author) need to print 10, 000 copies to make one book marketable and affordable. When you “publish” your file to an online printer, this printer prints books ordered daily all at once, cuts them, assembles them, and ships them out just a few days later to people ordering books!  Simply amazing.

Publish a Book at Home with Print on Demand

Using print on demand you can literally print a book at home from your computer. The way that you do this, is to prepare 2 files–one file is the interior of the book itself in the exact size and specifications required by the printing company. The other file is the 4-color layout of the front and back cover of the book. This file must be created in the exact size, with correct margins, and include a box in the right spot on the back cover for the ISBN number. The 2-minute video below gives an overview of what digital printing is in contrast to offset printing. Next apply for a print on demand account such as CreateSpace, and upload the two files to their server. You will wait for their approval of the files for printing.


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 Preparing the Digital Files for the Print on Demand Company

Even though it seems like a miracle, getting to the digital publishing finishing line requires some know-how, planning, and strategic timing. Publishing a book from home, can be done, but you might need to hire some pieces done by graphic artists. Unless you are a trained graphic artist and own high-end publishing software such as InDesign or Quark Xpress, you might find it difficult, frustrating, time consuming, and downright impossible to get the files properly prepared for printing. I have been in the printing and publishing industry for decades, and after publishing and helping people publish nearly 100 books, I can tell you that it is not easy, even for those of us who work in the industry. I recommend going to e-lance or free-lance or 99 designs to hire someone to prepare the file to the printing company’s specifications. After your files are prepared, and accepted for printing, order a hard copy proof of the book for final proofreading.

How to Handle Designers

Most likely you will hire a designer to prepare the interior of the book. Learning how to publish a book at home has many steps but an important step is to hire specific designers for each task. To get the very best outcome from the designer I suggest the following:

  1. Once you have selected a self-publishing company, make a decision on the size of your book, and estimate the number of pages. You will download a template from the printer (self-publishing company) or specifications for the interior layout of the book. Include these exact dimensions in the job description, along with the file type that is required. Usually this is  a PDF at 300 DPI.
  2. Write your description for the look, feel, tone of how you want to interior of the book to look. If you have already selected a font, and illustrations include those in the description. Let them know that all illustrations and the layout in general has to be 300 DPI print quality.
  3. Put your description for the interior design on one of the freelance services or put it out for quote in your local market, if you know graphic artists, but be sure you are dealing with someone who has done the interior of a book before. If they have not done a book interior, you will most like encoumter many glitches in the submission process.
  4. Use a style manual (The Chicago Manual of Style, or the Book Blueprint) to be sure the front matter, body of the book, and back matter are properly ordered and properly numbered. These page numbers must be correct or the printer will reject the file for printing.
  5. Determine the size of the cover, and hire a cover designer. Include an author photo, bio, and synopsis for the back cover of the book. Include the title, subtitle, and author name for the front of the book. These must match the title page in the interior of the book exactly and the title and subtitle of the title information submitted for publishing. If they do not match, the printer will reject the files for printing, until all matches up.

Home Based Author

You may have never heard of them, but with print on demand many writers have learned how to publish a book from home, and are making a part-time or full-time living. Amanda Hocking, a successful self-published author,  is an example of someone who has reached the million dollar mark with her romance novels. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get through it, being an author and working from home is an exhilarating life style. If you would like to learn more, the next step is to read my Self-Publishing Checklist.

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