Category: Blogging

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The Best Advice for Writers in 2017

What is the best advice for writers in 2017? In this post, I provide a round-up of some of the best, recent writing advice from industry experts. For convenience, I’ve organized this page into the following areas of writing and publishing: Best Advice for Fiction Authors Best Advice for Indie Authors Best Advice for Freelance Writers Best General Writing Advice Best Advice...

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10 Things I Am Thankful For As A Writer

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday when many people give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the year that has passed. It is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October and the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New Zealand, but I think it would be...

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Writing Blog Roundup for 10 November 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way through November. For those, like me, who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you should have completed around 17,000 words of the 50,000 word target. I’ve written 18,390 words in my novel, a thriller which is a sequel to the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2013.  If...

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What Writers Should Do on Social Networks

Welcome to Part 3 of Social Media for Writers. In this post, I explain what writers should and should not do on social networks. I also discuss how to make sure you are engaging with the right people. For your reference, here are the other parts in this series: Part 1: Why Writers Should be on Social Media Networks Part 2:...

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Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Microsoft Word?

Recently I realized that I hardly ever use Microsoft Word now. This didn’t happen as the result of any particular decision or, as some might suspect, out of any dislike for Microsoft Corporation (love them or hate them they have provided us with some great writing and publishing tools over the years). For twenty years, I’ve been using Microsoft Word. Over the...

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21 Writing Quotes on Getting Started

There is something very special about new beginnings. As I prepared to launch this blog I checked out some tips from well-known authors on ‘getting started’. Is there any book or project you would like to complete but for some reason you haven’t started? The most difficult step is often the first one. With that in mind here are my favorite writing quotes on...

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The Writers Unplugged Story

  Welcome to my new blog, Writers Unplugged. For those who don’t know me, I’m Gary McLaren. I don’t have a mansion, a Ferrari, or a super yacht. There, now you know, and I’m glad we’ve got that out-of-the-way. I realize that’s a strange thing to say but if you read on you’ll soon understand my reason. What I do have is more than 15...

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7 Tips for Building an Author Platform Online

Whether you’re an author, a blogger, a comedian, or an evangelist – or some other business or brand trying to get your message across – building a platform online is one of the most important things that you need to do. For those not familiar with  the term author platform, you may want to read “What is a Marketing Platform?” which I...