Imperfect Perfection

Imperfect Perfection

There are times when you want things ‘just so’ and try as you might you just can’t get them right – do it anyway before the law of diminishing marginal returns kicks in. There are times when you don’t produce something because, well, you...
Get 25 Reviews on Launch Day

Get 25 Reviews on Launch Day

Writing is only one part of the story when it comes to having your book out in the world and available for people to enjoy. There’s one thing I have learned over the past year thanks to people like Shawn Hansen and Diana Heuser: that an author is also a marketer...

Create Your Own Book Cover With Word

As a self-publishing author, you sometimes have way more time than money. For some, there is also a level of creative satisfaction in mastering a new skill. Book covers and dust jackets are a case in point. Once you become profitable or have the funds, it is better to...

Evie Wyld Wins Miles Franklin Award

Wow. An English born and based writer has taken out the prestigious Miles Franklin Award with her novel, “All The Birds, Singing”. What makes this more noteworthy than usual is that Wyld beat top favourites Tim Winton and Richard Flanagan. Contenders for...

How to Become a Better Writer

In mythical terms, the writers equivalent to the search for the Holy Grail must surely be, “How can I write better?”. Endless articles, books and courses are created with this one objective in mind. Experts and academics pontificate on methodology,...

Inspiring Courage Quote

In my other life, I run Personal Development programs. Rather than one-hit motivational moments I conduct a three-month behavioural change program. So I’ve learned a thing or two about the human condition over the ten years of doing this. One of the things...

My Top 7 Novelists: List of Favourite Authors

There is a body of opinion, without consensus, on who may be the best novelist. This, however, is a personal post. This list has no credence. It is in no order. It is simply my most favoured list of writers, which possibly says more about my reading habits than the...

Write a 10 Page Novel?

YouTube can be a great resource centre for writers. Either find videos related to the art, craft and practice of writing, or, search for background or ideas about a plot, a character or a scene. In searching through YouTube there is a culling process! You need to sort...

Write a Book in a Day

It can be done. Really. Mind you, it helps you have a brains trust who contribute, a publisher who gives you a title to write to, and need no research. Here’s a post about it …...

New Author WordPress Theme

HEADS UP! The theme I am using is now available in a pre-launch special pricing. I recommend it as being very flexible, perfectly suited for writers and authors, and well supported. Details – http://melaniedayauthor.com/author-theme/...