• The Myth of the Wealthy Author
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    The Myth of the Wealthy Author

    The myth of the wealthy author has existed for many moons. With the dawn of the printing press, authorship suddenly became popularized and widespread rather than exclusive only to bald monks in a dank basement. Charles Dickens, of course, comes to mind as one of the first wealthy authors to appear in modern times. Dostoyevsky might have been wealthy, too, if he hadn’t been bad at managing his money. Today, we have J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and James Patterson, among other popular authors who have made millions (though arguably some of these authors get great movie royalties, too). In pop culture, there’s also the “Lotto Winning Author” (i.e. Stephanie Meyer).…

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    How to Silence Your Internal Editor

    In my past article How I Write 3,000 Words Per Hour, I talk about the idea of keeping the door closed when you write and keeping it open when you edit. Of course, the phrase is not entirely literal. When you’re writing your first draft you shouldn’t bother yourself with critiquing and editing every last sentence. Too many writers think the first draft should be perfect, and if it’s anything less, they have to start all over. Other writers trudge through a bog of their own making, continuously re-writing their first paragraph. They get so drained and exhausted. It’s no wonder why they give up. Believe it or not many, many writers do this (and have done…