I've selected 10 of my most popular blog posts from three different categories so you can quickly find what's relevant to you. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I'm confident you'll find something helpful in the nine articles below.

Feeling Stuck or Unsure of Yourself?
These Posts Will Kickstart You:

How to Become an Author: Your Complete Guide

So you want to be an author...

Well, I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news first:

Writing your book will be one of the hardest things you ever do. If you're in the middle of that process, you're nodding right now.

But here's the good news...

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How to Know You're Really a Writer

Do you ever wonder whether you're really worthy to call yourself a writer?

You have a deep desire to impact people with your words.

But doubt creeps in and you ask yourself: "What really makes me a writer? I've never published anything, let alone a book."

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5 Steps That Will Free You Up to Write Your Book

Are you finally ready to conquer the if-onlys and the yeah-buts and knock that bad-mouthing little gargoyle of negativity off your shoulder so you can get to your true passion of writing?

I've been mentoring writers just like you all over the world for decades, so there's not an excuse I haven't heard for why someone's great book idea hasn't been started or finished...

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Unraveling the Mystery of Your Unique Writing Voice (in Fewer Than 5 Minutes)

Based on the questions I hear whenever I speak, beginning writers agonize as much over this issue as anything else.

Trust me, while it's crucial to find your voice and become distinctive, it really isn't all that complicated...

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Want to Improve the Quality of Your Writing? These Posts Will Help Progress:

Are You Making This #1 Amateur Writing Mistake?

Are you looking for the secret sauce that will turn you into a bestselling author? After 21 New York Times bestsellers, I can assure you there is no shortcut.

But writers still often ask me for that Yodaesque bit of wisdom "you'd give me if you could only tell me one thing..."

So here it is...

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The 3 Game-Changing Lessons I Learned Writing My First Book

Yeah, I've been writing for 40 years. And yes, by the time I wrote my first book, I had graduated from a manual typewriter to an electric.

But some things are changeless, like the three lessons I learned writing my first book four decades ago...

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How to Outline a Novel (Even If You're Not an Outiner)

I know what you're thinking:

How does the author of nearly 190 books, two-thirds of them novels, get off telling me "How to Write a Novel" when he's on record as a non-outliner himself?

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Want to Get Published? These Posts Will Increase Your Chances:

21 Self-Editing Secrets That Can Supercharge Your Manuscript

So you want to get your book published?

If you want people to actually read what you've written, you must master the art of ferocious self-editing.

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What Your Family and Friends Won't Tell You About Your Writing

Why is it that the only people who seem to love your prose are those without the power to purchase and publish it? 

Your parents love it. Your friends are impressed. Your spouse thinks it ought to be a movie...

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5 Traits Published Writers Have in Common

My work, and my study of the craft of writing, have led me to conclude that there are at least five qualities shared by successfully published writers.

Here's my list. I'd love to see yours...

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