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9 Ways to Finish Your Book

This is a guest post by Shaun Hume. 
I guess I should precursor this list by saying my book, as I've never written your book, per se, or finished it either, so how am I supposed to know?
Well, what I was kind of hoping for is that my experiences in knuckling down and finishing novels would in some way be relatable to all of you lovely people out there. That, in general, the tools and techniques for finishing a book which have helped me, can also help you. 
The points might not ALL work for your, but I can guarantee you they certainly all worked for me, and helped to keep me on the path of productive writing!  
But saying all that, here you go ... 
1. Just do it. Google "Shia LaBeouf Motivation", and you can thank me later ;)



2. Repeat the previous tip, every day. I'm not actually joking about that one! 
3. Set a day word target. Sounds simple, but by golly does it work! 100 or 1,000 words a day, any number really. Pick a number low enough so that you feel comfortable with a…

Major Mistakes Of Beginning Writers

This is a guest post by Melisa Marzett.  If you think that great writers were born talented, that is a great mistake. Being a novelist or a journalist is hard work. The first attempt to master these skills is always difficult since it is a time when all the mistakes are revealed since you just start your adventure to the world of writers. All professional writers got through these difficulties. The crucial thing is to understand that you can succeed only by means of hardworking.  Never scold and criticize your work. Remember that your mistakes are inevitable. This is a kind of training period, providing experience and skill. Try to notice your mistakes at once and fix them. Thus, you won't lose your interest to be a writer and continue developing. In this article, five main mistakes of newly arrived writers will be examined. We consider new writers to be people longing to write something but without appropriate skills to implement this dream.  1. Uncertain Writer's ViewpointThe f…

 5 Promotion Methods I Have Tried: For the Self-Published Author

This is a guest post by James Tingle. 
1) Letter Campaign This first method was something I thought of doing a while ago and I'm not sure whether many people have tried to do anything similar or not. What I did a few years ago with a book I had just released and have done again recently with my new title Mervano, was to write a letter on my computer, introducing myself and giving a quick synopsis of the book and letting them know where to buy it. I printed out twenty-five letters each day and bought envelopes and folded the letters and sealed them up until I had about twenty carrier bags full of letters. I then did a list of streets to deliver to and delivered each bag to a few streets over a few weeks until all were done. The success of this method the first time a few years ago was that I got about thirty sales and a review on Amazon so it did have some benefits but I repeated this recently with the new book and only got a few sales (although I did do quite a few less bags of let…

Q & A With Author Red Lagoe

Hi, Red. Thanks for joining me! What is your book NOT about?
It’s NOT about blood, gore, and the brain-eating undead. People that are not into zombies have enjoyed this book.
What is your book about?
Fair Haven is about personal struggle, finding strength when the whole world is crumbling to ruins—or in this case—a viral apocalypse that turns the population into aggressive, zombie-like creatures.
What is your favorite line from your book?
Maybe this (but only because I’m a sucker for astronomy):

“There they were—her stars—her dad’s stars. Unwavering in their glow. Her constant through life’s storms, always there behind the clouds, waiting to shine through.”
What celebrities would play your main characters if it were a movie?
Oh my...Let me fan myself while I think about John, the sexy neighbor: Joe Manganiello. When I was writing Fair Haven, I came across a picture of him that just screamed out “This is John!”

My protagonist Melody is a little more difficult, but I think I could see Scarlett J…

All Your Perfects | Colleen Hoover

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”



Genre: Adult Romance. Number of Pages: 308. Perspective: First.
This is a story about a married couple who is falling apart after many years of infertility and unspoken words. They have to decide if their perfect beginning can help them get back to a perfect ending. For a complete summary, you can go here.


I'll be completely honest, when I started reading this book, I thought it felt familiar. I thought it would be like a lot of other books I have read (for some reason I was getting a What Alice Forgot vibe at first). I also always doubt Colleen Hoover. In my mind, I always think it’s impossible for an author with such die-hard fans to actually be good. But, oh my God, I eat up every single one of her books, including this one. She always proves me wrong. 
What I loved most about this book is that it felt real to me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been married for a while now, so I am getting bored of reading love-at-first-…

An Abundance of Katherines | John Green

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Number of Pages: 229. Perspective: Third. Location: Tennessee.
This book follows Colin, a not-quite child prodigy as he searches for a mathematical formula for understanding getting dumped by not one, not two, but nineteen different Katherines. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I love John Green. I hated this book. It was one of his first books so I can understand (and appreciate) that his novels improved over time. But, man, this book just had me repeatedly asking: why do I care? The main drive of the book is for Colin to make a formula about your odds of being dumped. Why does he care? And if he really is as awkward and unlikeable as people say, how can he POSSIBLY find 19 girls named Katherine (and get all of them to date him, even if for just a little time)? 
I am all for a little leeway in young adult books about parent…

Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction. Number of Pages: 338. Perspective: Third. Location: Ohio.
This book is about several intersecting families as they explore passions, motherhood, culture, and how those things interact. For a complete summary, you can go here. This book was one of the best books I have read in a while. I have been dropping a lot of books lately after a few chapters because I just couldn’t get swept away. This book hooked me from beginning to end. I even gave it my Best Book Award!
I love Ng’s ability to develop so many characters at one time. She is able to slow down the story and really show us glimpses into who each character is. It creates a really dynamic story with a variety of complex characters.
I also loved the subplots relating to fertility and motherhood. We had almost every re…