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Anne Rice Shares Her Advice on Writing

In this short video, American author Anne Rice shares some of her personal insights into writing. Up front, she explains, “You have to sit down and you have to write the book of your dreams. You have to write what you want to be known for. You have to create a universe of your own in print… and there’s only one...

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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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7 Inspirational Lessons for Writers from Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark

Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. Take, for example, my recent experience while listening to Bruce Springsteen. American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. He even has a planet named after him. And when Springsteen was presented with a Kennedy Center award in 2009, Obama said: “I’m the President…but he’s the boss”. But what...

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How to Recover Your Deleted Photos and Other Files

Have you ever deleted digital photos from your camera only to discover you cannot undelete them? It’s not only a problem with images. What if you accidentally delete an important manuscript or file from your hard drive one day? In today’s video, I show you how you can recover photos from your camera or hard drive… even after they seem...

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Amazon Introduces Kindle Oasis – Lighter, Thinner, and It Runs for Months!

Today, Amazon announced their new Kindle e-Reader, the Kindle Oasis. It’s lighter, thinner, and there’s no need to worry about your batteries running out for months! In addition to its incredibly thin and light design, it comes with a special leather charging cover that Amazon claims will let you read for months without plugging in. Kindle Oasis is the eighth generation...

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What Can a 70-Year-Old Documentary Teach You About Book Making?

I recently came across this interesting 10-minute documentary showing how books are made. It was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1947 and, although so much has changed in printing and publishing over these 70 years, I was surprised at just how much is still the same. Mind you, our PC police and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) representatives would definitely...

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Writing News Roundup for 12 February 2016

Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest news in the world of writing and publishing. Leading Authors Press for Supreme Court Review of Google’s Digitized Library The web giant’s digitisation of millions of books – many in copyright – faces a fresh legal challenge, backed by authors including Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Ursula Le Guin and Malcolm...

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Inspiration at the Sydney Writers Walk

On a trip to Australia in 2010, I went for a stroll along the Sydney Writers Walk. I took my camera along, so I can share with you some of the pictures from that day. The Writers Walk is a series of circular, metal plaques embedded along the walkway around Sydney’s Circular Quay, and just a stone’s throw from the Opera...