Get Your VIP Pass Today!

100% Privacy, I will NEVER spam you!

Monthly Archives: October 2014

I don’t care who you are or where you come from, chances are we share one thing in common: the desire to be successful. You definition of success may be different but we all want to achieve success so we could live a comfortable life—have financial freedom, drive a nice car, and live in a beautiful house.

However, although success can be achieved, it does not come easy.

RELATED CONTENT: 4 Habits of Highly Confident Women

Who would you rather learn how to [...]

Continue Reading

Great Storytelling: 3 Secrets Revealed

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, October 30, 2014

As a novelist, I’ve noticed that three of the most vital aspects of story craft are left out of many writing books and workshops. Even bestselling novelists stumble over them.

But they’re not difficult to grasp. In fact, they’re easy.

And if you master these simple principles for shaping great stories, your writing will be transformed forever. Honest.

RELATED CONTENT: 5 Important Steps to Getting a Literary Agent

Here are 3 secrets to great storytelling:

Secret #1: Cause and effect are king.

Everything in a story [...]

Continue Reading

5 Important Steps to Getting a Literary Agent

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You’ve finished your novel or crafted a professional book proposal, and you’ve decided you need a literary agent.

Now how do you get an agent to take notice and agree to represent you?

The good news is: agents need writers–it’s how they make their living! The bad news is: they get hundreds–maybe thousands–of e-mails from writers just like you, looking for representation. Here’s how to stand out from the crowd.

RELATED CONTENT: 4 Ways to Write a Better Memoir

1.  Know somebody–or get to [...]

Continue Reading

10 Easy Tips For Arranging a Book Signing

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you’ve ever stood in a long line waiting to get a book signed you probably had no interest in how they all wound up at that particular signing.  But now that you’re an author you realize that finding ways to get people to purchase your book is like discovering a goose that lays golden eggs.

Thankfully it isn’t as difficult to find.  It begins with knowing your audience, being familiar with the places they gather and willing to travel  to [...]

Continue Reading

5 Ways to Create a Road Map to Your Success Using Goals

by Nikki Woods on Monday, October 27, 2014

Most of us have GPS apps on our phones that make getting to unknown destinations easier than ever before.  But no matter how much technology we have on hand we should always have some idea of where we are and we’re going in case it fails.

We should also know where we’re going as we look to our future goals.  Where are you now and where are you headed?

RELATED CONTENT: 4 Habits of Highly Confident Women

The primary reason that so many [...]

Continue Reading

4 Ways to Write a Better Memoir

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher each won Academy Awards in their film portrayals of real life celebrities.   People love watching biographies and they love reading them too.  Whether it’s the experiences of  revolutionary artist Michelangelo or the Godfather of Funk George Clinton’s journey from barbershop quartet to the leader of the band Parliament Funkadelic, biographies, autobiographies and memories are genres that are here to stay. But you don’t have to be famous, infamous or [...]

Continue Reading

The Writer’s First Step: 6 Ways to Yank Ideas from Your Head

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just as a mighty oak tree starts with a tiny acorn, the smallest ideas become story lines for get novels.

Best-selling author of Gone Girl,  about a man accused of murdering his wife after she mysteriously disappears, Gillian Flynn says the main characters from her novel were based on aspects of her real life.  Like the lead male character, she was formerly a pop culture writer before getting laid off from a company she worked for many years.  Like the lead [...]

Continue Reading

4 Habits of Highly Confident Women

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We all know those women — the ones who stride with an air of grace into a room. They’re not always the thinnest, prettiest, or smartest. They’re not arrogant. They’re the ones who make you want to be around them.

RELATED CONTENT: Five Untruths About Women and Success and How to Stop Them in Their Tracks

They’re power posing in the ladies’ bathroom. They’ve got that positive visualization thing down like nobody’s business. But they also keep in mind these subtle strategies [...]

Continue Reading

5 Powerful Pointers on Becoming a Better Freelance Writer

by Nikki Woods on Monday, October 20, 2014

If  only  writers were valued as much as professional athletes.  If that were so, you might decide that you no longer want to be associated  with a particular team or company but instead would become a free agent. This would allow you to align yourself with some of the many companies rivaling for your amazing expertise.  Well, unless you’re Gillian Flynn, Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson, you might not have multiple publishers bidding for your service—yet.

But what you do have [...]

Continue Reading

9 Questions to Help Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes

by Nikki Woods on Friday, October 17, 2014

This is a quick exercise designed to sketch out the major events of your novel. It only gives you a map — you have to make the drive yourself!

Get a kitchen timer or set your alarm. You’re going to free-write for three minutes on several questions. (If you want to cheat and write for five minutes on each, go ahead. Just be warned the exercise might take you an hour then.) In free-writing, you put your fingers to keyboard or [...]

Continue Reading