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In our article archive are articles that have appeared on WritersReign in the past. They can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the title..

Competitive Writing - Route One by Bruce Harris
Creative writing courses proliferate, publishers and agents still complain of ‘slush pile' inundation, and magazines aimed at aspiring writers fill up with self-publishing and critique-providing advertisements. (12/9)

How to Make Money As a Self-Publisher in 2014 by Yuwanda Black
I've been writing and selling ebooks online since 2002 - well over a decade now. And you know, there's always something to learn. It's what keeps self-publishing fun - and frustrating (at times). (2/10)

It's Not What to Write, But How To Write That Matters Most by Chris L. Smith
When new authors decide to write the book that's been rattling around in their mind for a long time, they usually just start writing... filling up pages instead of taking their time researching and organizing their topic. (3/10)

Why All Writers Must Have A Blog by Jon Rhodes
If you are a writer or an aspiring writer then it is essential that you get yourself a blog. If you already have a website, then that's great. However I would still advise you to get a blog too. (4/10)

5 Common Self Publishing Mistakes That Stamp Unprofessional on Your Book and How to Correct Them by Earma Brown
Have you joined the ranks of aspiring authors ready to take the next step to self publishing in the digital age of publishing? If so, congratulations! But wait, before you rush off to press, there are some things you should do to prepare your book for successful self-publishing. (5/10)

Writing Short Stories - Fiction by Chris L. Smith
Many of us discover we love to write fiction. Some might stumble into writing while others know from the time they first pick up a pencil. Our problems lie with finding the proper starting point in the writing world. (6/10)

Four Places to Find a Great Story by Joan Verlezza
You've decided to write your first novel. Congratulations! It's a journey of some distance and you've taken the first step. What's next? (7/10)

Understanding the character's goals and motivations by Johnny Ray
While it is often easy to give a physical description to most characters in a novel, this often requires a second look. Johnny RayGood authors will often use this as a way of telling the reader so much more. (8/10)

The Wild and Wacky World of Typos, the Bane of an Author's Existence by Harriet Hodgson
When I'm working on a book I try hard to be accurate. Yet when I read what I have written I always find typos. In a recent Facebook post I said I must have slept funny because I had a stiff neck. Instead of the word "funny," however, I wrote "bunny." (9/10)

Spreading The Word by Paul Williams
I have been freelancing for a couple of years now and I still get a tingle down my spine each time I see an article of mine in print. (10/10)

Nine Steps to Writing a Novel You Can Sell by Hillel Black
Be a story teller. You would be amazed at the number of writers who do everything but. Often novels come as character portraits or memoirs written as fiction. Absent is any attempt at suspense, any motivation for the reader to turn those pages. (11/10)

Mad Hatter: The Many Roles of Today's Writers by Lauren Grimley
When I decided almost two years ago that I wanted to really take a shot at being a writer, I knew the reality of what I was getting into. Or I thought I knew. (12/10)

Short Story Writing - Ten Endings To Avoid by William Meikle
A logical, satisfying ending is always required in a short story, but how do you ensure that yours is fresh and new? One of the ways is to avoid the obvious. Here are some common endings seen by editors: use them at your peril. (1/11)

Creating Real Drama Through "the Premise" by Phil Cosmo
All dramatic stories have one premise. In fiction, the premise is the conclusion of a fictive argument. That argument is posed and answered in the story. (2/11)

Feet in the Future, Books in the Past: Overcoming the Stigma of E-Publishing
by Lauren Grimley
I was recently asked how technology and e-publishing has changed how I write. After checking the mirror for crow's feet, I explained that I'm young enough that beyond my elementary school days of journaling in blue books, technology has always been a part of my writing. (3/11)

Working as a Freelance Writer: Why You Don't Need to Be Brave to Find Clients
by Greg Walker
I've learnt a lot about dealing with clients in the three years since I became a full-time freelance writer. But the truth is, I've never really been one for cold calling for new job leads, discussing projects over the phone or having meetings with clients. (4/11)

How to Make Money Writing for the Internet by Christine Muir
Writing for the Internet can provide a good source of income if it is approached in the same professional manner as other writing projects.The Internet is made up of millions of pages and someone has to write them. Why not you? (5/11)

EBooks: Friend or Foe? by: John Joseph Burhop
Publishing is a $35 billion industry. Up until just a few years ago, that meant almost exclusively books, magazines, newspapers, and other small items such as brochures and business cards. The internet has changed all that in more ways than one. Enter the eBook, or downloadable electronic book. (6/11)

Eight Best Creative Writing Exercises by Amy Dyslex
Creative writing is all about imagination. Imagination begets inspiration, which itself is the child of emotional feelings. And the irony of twenty-first century is that we are too busy to feel. (7/11)

Think Proofreading Isn't Important? Think Again… by Greg Walker
Proofreading. The word alone is enough to bore the socks off most writers. After going through the whole creative process and editing your work down to a work of art bordering on the sublime, you're presented with the wearisome process of taking a magnifying glass to your sentences and going on a hunt for misplaced commas. (8/11)

How to Create a Novel That Your Readers Won't Want to Put Down by Sheila C Skillman
There are five essential things you as an author must do if you want to create a novel that your reader won't want to put down: 1) create empathy with the main character and their quest; 2) captivate the reader with your tone of voice 3) engage the reader's... (9/11)

7 Ways to Plot Your Novel by: Mark Etinger
While you may feel like outlining or plotting your novel is to reduce an artistic creation to a parochial method of organization, you shouldn't. Plotting your ideas can help you brainstorm and prepare your novel before... (10/11)

Getting a Book Published - Four Reasons Why You Need to Finish Your Book - by: Curtis L Fischer
Are you getting a book published? Every year, there are thousands of books that never get published! Many authors will start writing a book, but then they never get around to finishing it. (12/11)

Writing The Modern Mystery - by: Billie A Williams
From private eye, police procedural, professional Amateur, John and Jane Q Public, Heists, Capers, Kidnapping, Romantic Suspense the genres and sub-genres are endless when it comes to what constitutes a mystery. Correction, a Modern Mystery. (1/12)

The Keys to Novel Writing Success - by Harvey Chapman
Most people, it seems, dream of trying their hand at novel writing. And for most people, unfortunately, that is as far as it goes. Why is that? (2/12)

How To Write Non-Fiction That Sells by Louise Dop
Nothing turns a reader off more quickly than a list of dry facts and figures. Good fiction writers always show rather than tell but it's worth remembering that the technique can work for non-fiction too. Follow this advice and your articles will make compulsive reading. (4/12)

Creative Writing Technique: Visualization By Sarah Playle
Visualization is one of the best techniques to use when plotting a story. It's like watching a movie in your mind, only the movie is your story. You can see all the scenes and events playing out, from beginning to end. (5/12)

First Aid for Resuscitating a Dead Plot by Stephen Wertzbaugher
Plot is critical to the success of commercial fiction. But if your plot flat lines, your story will die a cruel and agonizing death. Fortunately there are three techniques that you can use to shock a dead plot back to life; these are characterization, suspense, and conflict. Consistently using these three techniques will breathe life back into any dead or dying plot. (6/12)

3 Ways to Make Your Mystery Stand Out in the Crowd by: Evan Marshall
The mystery novel has never been more popular than it is today. People love reading them . . . and writers love writing them. (7/12)

Bring It To A Point - A Closure Technique by Tom Ajava
Some people have a problem with starting a story. I don’t. I have a problem with finishing them. I know where I want to go, but getting there can be a problem. (8/12)

The Power of Your Novel's First Sentence by Joseph Suggs
Here's what happens (and I bet you do this too): a book jumps out at you at the bookstore. It might be the colors, an image on the spine, an author's name, or the title, but something draws your attention… (9/12)

Stephen King and the Road to Hell for Writers by Tom Aaron
If you look for advice on your writing, surf the Internet and you will find advice galore. One writing site tells you that one reason we plunk down money for writers like Stephen King is because they use adverbs to make their writing interesting. (10/12)

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters By Gail Pruszkowski
A clever plot will draw readers to your book but if they don't care about your characters you will soon lose them. The most exciting stories, the ones you remember long after the book is closed are those… (11/12)

Will Print On Demand Help Me Get an Agent? by Scribblepad
Have you contemplated taking your writing to 'print on demand' or 'POD' status? If so, you aren’t alone. Many entrepreneurial writers who have had difficulty finding a literary agent (or who have been hesitant or unwilling to send out dozens of queries)… (12/12)

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