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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Writing Tips: 9 Quick Ideas to Get You Started

by Nikki Woods on Monday, December 29, 2014

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~ Stephen King

Spoken like a writer with 55 novels under his belt.  But for most of us, getting started with a task is the hardest part—and it seems twice as hard with writing.

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But Stephen King is right, the key begins with just simply writing. Once you’ve started, you will find the rest easier, especially [...]

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11 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do {BONUS}

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these characteristics, don’t fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to [...]

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4 Easy Steps To Developing a Writing Plan for 2015

by Nikki Woods on Friday, December 12, 2014

“Half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up to get it.” Sidney Howard

You can be the most organized writer in the world, but if you aren’t prepared to make a few sacrifices for your writing, then you’re less likely to achieve your writing goals. Here, Laura Cross – author of The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent: Everything You Need to Know to become Successfully Published – describes in detail how to create a [...]

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7 Tips to Writing Query Letters that Actually Work

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of the things I enjoy doing with my sons is reading letters my grandparents wrote to other family members throughout the years.

I try to keep up the tradition of writing letters but in most realms a phone call or text will suffice.

But there are still some instances where a letter is a crucial link to your success and that’s when you’re trying to get your manuscript read by  agents and publishers.

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6 Must Haves When Submitting Your Novel to Agents

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Your book is special to you and may one day be to other people but at the moment it is just another submission. Authors need to remember that agents are inundated with submissions. Most have full lists already and need to concentrate on their existing clients.

When submitting to an agent or a publisher, there are several important items you must keep in mind—follow the agent’s submission guidelines, spell his or her name correctly, etc. But there are six basic elements [...]

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Writing is a creative, inexact science. It’s a process, but it’s also intuitive. For many people, that makes it intimidating.

If you are sitting at your computer desperately trying to compose the perfect business plan, investor pitch or company newsletter — typing and deleting, typing and deleting, typing and deleting — try standing up, pushing away from the computer and grabbing a pen. Yes, a pen. And some paper.

The endlessly prolific novelist Stephen King writes with a Waterman fountain pen. Hollywood [...]

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6 Reasons Nelson Mandela Was A Remarkable Leader

by Nikki Woods on Monday, December 8, 2014

The late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary looked ahead and challenged norms, says leadership experts Paul J.H. Schoemaker and Steven Krupp.

As today marks the one-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death, we reflect on the timeless lessons from his life story that will endure for years to come. Mandela was a gifted visionary. He exercised a full range of cognitive, emotional and behavioral abilities to bring about profound change in South Africa. All leaders who aspire to be more strategic can learn [...]

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Whether it’s a daily mantra or a quote to return to when times get tough, having a personal mission statement brings focus and purpose to your life. Here are five examples of real-life personal mission statements, from leaders who rocked the world.

Companies have developed mission statements for years. It helps guide them by defining who they are and why they do what they do. Coca-Cola’s mission statement, for example, is “To refresh the world. To inspire moments of optimism and [...]

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7 Tips On Turning Blogs Into Books

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Think, who would not love to write stories on blog posts that can be easy to get to? Writing blogs are easy and unrestricted; all you need is to let your mind work in rhythm with the tip of your fingers. And BAM your work is published; read easily by infinite contacts and friends. It’s as easy as 1, 2 and 3 – sweat-free and writer-friendly.

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But just [...]

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Which punctuation mark is the hardest to use correctly?

The ellipsis sounds a little intimidating, and people frequently misuse apostrophes. Perhaps you’re thinking it’s one of those.

It’s not.

The hardest punctuation mark to use correctly is the comma, an infographic from TheVisualCommunicationGuy.com claims. That’s because it has more rules and applications than any other punctuation mark.

The infographic ranks each punctuation mark according to how many applications it has, and therefore, how difficult it is to learn.

While the comma is the most difficult [...]

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