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Monthly Archives: September 2014

7 Ways to Stop Procrastination. Now.

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We all procrastinate from time to time. Sometimes it’s those mundane things – like sorting through old files, reconciling accounts, or tidying the linen cupboard. But often it’s the bigger things that require more time, more commitment, and put us at more risk of failing, looking foolish or feeling emotionally bruised.  Things like updating our resume to look for a new job, confronting a situation that weighs us down, or pursuing a long held aspiration.

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4 Tips to Writing a Novel Without an Outline

by Nikki Woods on Monday, September 29, 2014

There are two kinds of ways people prepare.  Some take voracious notes, stick to the script and never color outside of the lines.  Others go with the flow, and are willing to flip the script and free style their way to success.

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Sometimes our best work comes from really opening up or minds and following what comes naturally.

Here are four tips for writing outside of the outline:

#1. Know [...]

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5 Quick and Easy Book Marketing Ideas

by Nikki Woods on Friday, September 26, 2014

Deep question: If you write a book and don’t market it, did you really write a book?  One of the toughest lessons first-time authors learn is that finishing a book is really the beginning of a long process of promoting sales.   Whether you self-publish or are signed with a major publishing house a lot of the responsibility for getting your book “out there” depends on you! The good news is we all can market globally if we’re willing to put [...]

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7 Creative Writing Prompts To Get Your Writing Juices Flowing

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Man I hate writer’s block. We all get stuck in a writing rut from time to time. Sometimes it gets so bad for me that I can’t even come up with a clever status update for Facebook—for Facebook! If my creative muscle is having difficulty piecing together a one-sentence quip, how in the world can I flex it long enough to turn out a short story or a novel or even a new blog post?

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5 Myths and Truths About Social Media For Writers

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Would you rather have 50 friends who showed up at all your social events or  5 who you can count on to be there for you 24/7 if needed?

In our drive to increase our followers, friends, and fans, boost our Klout scores and our egos, some of us are losing site of what social media  can and can’t do for us.

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Every writer who is trying to market or sell her book [...]

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A Business Plan For Your Book: 4 Reasons Why You Need One

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you are like most writers, when you get an idea for a book, you want to start immediately. If you are a mapper or plotter, you may stop to outline your scenes or your content prior to sitting down to write.

If you are “pantser,” someone who likes to just write “by the seat of your pants,” you probably just hurry to your computer and start typing.

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In either case, it’s highly likely [...]

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3 Steps to Developing a Book Idea

by Nikki Woods on Monday, September 22, 2014

Every author has her own process for developing ideas.  I come up with the title of my books first and then I develop the characters and the story, but that’s just my way.

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Developing an idea for your book can take a lot of time and be stressful too.  Here are 3 steps to developing a book idea without losing your mind.

#1. Write it down

Put your ideas to paper, laptop or phone, as they come to [...]

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5 Ways to Master Writing For the Web

by Nikki Woods on Friday, September 19, 2014

Today’s cyber reading environment presents many challenges in keeping readers hooked and glued to your content. Between eye strain, posture fatigue, and our shorter-than-ever attention spans, readers have many reasons to lose interest and disengage from the information you are trying to present to them.

Thus, one of your main objectives in writing for the web is to make your reader’s job EASY. You do this by mastering the easy-on-the-eyes writing style, which makes the task of following along easier for [...]

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5 Ways to Maintain a Well-Balanced Twitter Feed (Infographic)

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I originally saw this infographic on and thought it was such great information that I needed to share.

Is your branded Twitter account interacting more than it’s pushing messages? Are those messages overly promotional, or are they providing relevant, curated content? Are you educating your audience through your tweets?

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Depending on how you answered these questions, you may have an unhealthy Twitter feed.

Luckily, there’s a SproutSocial infographic to help you determine exactly what [...]

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5 Characteristics Of A Heart Based Entrepreneur

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

If you know any high school seniors they’re probably  in a quandary about the next phases of their lives.  They’re  being asked not just to choose colleges but career majors too.  They’re getting advice from all sides—follow your dreams and follow the money, which is correct?

If you had it to do all over again what career path would you have taken?  It’s not too late to figure out your heart’s desire. What if you were able to run a business [...]

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