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Byline: The Art of Writing and Business of Publishing

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
Posted: July 22, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: July 15, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: July 8, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: July 1, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: June 24, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: June 17, 2017, 10:00 am
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
Posted: June 10, 2017, 10:00 am
Though using a pattern to inform our books’ structure has merit, it may lead us to a troublesome end There are multiple guides we can follow to properly structure the books we write. Perhaps the most common is the three-act … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: June 3, 2017, 10:00 am
With no shortage of social media platforms to consider, several may warrant attention So far we’ve talked about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. But there are hundreds of other social media platforms to consider. While some platforms are obscure, others … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 27, 2017, 10:00 am
The list of advice for writers is long, seemingly more than is humanly possible to accomplish Advice for writers is never is short supply. Just when we regularly carve out time to write, another requirement piles on our plate and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 20, 2017, 10:00 am
It’s hard not to compare ourselves with other writers and dangerous when we do As a teenager I remember reading the book I’m Okay—You’re Okay by Thomas Harris. As I recall, the book explained that we consider ourselves in one … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Writers struggle finding time to write, but the solution is simple I commonly hear writers complain that they don’t have time to write. Some say “no time” and others say “not enough time.” Time, it seems, stands as the enemy … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: May 6, 2017, 10:00 am
Pinterest is a quick way to share images and connect with like-minded people So far we’ve talked about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as possible social media platforms for authors. What about Pinterest? Of the four of them, I’ve done the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 29, 2017, 10:00 am
Write short stories to master the art of fiction writing May is short story month. I share this news in advance so you can consider how you want to celebrate. You might want to spend the month reading short stories … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 22, 2017, 10:00 am
Before writing a book we need to train I dislike the phrase aspiring writer. Either we aspire to write or we actually do it. Being an aspiring writer is no more than hoping for a future outcome, one that will … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 15, 2017, 10:00 am
Publishing labels are important and using them properly is critical I often use the terms of self-publishing and indie-publishing interchangeably. I shouldn’t. They mean different things. So what’s the difference? That’s a great question. I turned to my friend Google … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 8, 2017, 10:00 am
Does using a story device guide our work or hamper our creativity? In many books and most movies something will happen about three-fourths of the way through. With the desired goal within reach, a roadblock pops up to thwart our … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: April 1, 2017, 10:00 am
LinkedIn is the Social Media Platform for Professional Networking We’ve talked about Twitter and Facebook as social media hangouts that many authors use to connect with fans and engage followers. Another social media platform to consider is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 25, 2017, 10:00 am
Be open minded about the options available for book publishing and then pick the best one My goal as an author has always been to be a hybrid author, one who self-publishes some books and goes with a traditional publisher … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 18, 2017, 10:00 am
Writers serious about their craft should take concrete action to advance their career In a recent interview an author was asked, “What’s the best thing you’ve ever done to improve as a writer?” What a great question; I so appreciated … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: March 11, 2017, 11:00 am