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The Working Writer's Club

Welcome to the Working Writer’s Club

I’m Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach and president of the club. I can show you how to turn your love of writing into a part time or full time career. Simply become a member of the club (it’s free) and you’ll gain immediate access to a wealth of articles,

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how to earn $50,000 or more a year as a writer

Learn How to Earn $50,000 or More a Year as a Writer

Last week I recorded a new audio writers workshop with Nancy I. Sanders. In this workshop, Nancy and I both talk about ways to make a good income from freelance writing. Learn more about the workshop at To Your Success, The Working Writer’s Coach

Memoir Writing

writing a memoir

Basic Factors to Consider When Writing a Memoir

Before putting pen to paper, it is very important to identify your goal for writing your memoir. Without a definite direction, your piece will ramble on and on with no purpose. We will explore some possibilities and discover why this is such an important step. Keep in mind, your memoir

Writer's Workshops

how to write better nonfiction

How to Write Better Nonfiction – New Audio

If you want to sell nonfiction books or magazine articles, your manuscript has to be better than other submissions the editor receives. Yes, editors have a greater need for nonfiction than for fiction, and your chances of selling nonfiction are therefore greater than your chances of selling fiction are. But

Getting Motivated


Self-Discipline is Your Ticket to Writing Success

Beginning writers truly struggle with self-discipline due to lack of self-confidence in their own abilities. However, if these beginning writers persevere, they will get stronger and become more self-confident. There are three things that every writer needs to succeed: • Talent Talent is something we are born with. There is

For Writers

double your freelance income

Double Your Freelance Income

If you’re trying to double your freelance income this year, one of the easiest ways to do that is by offering more/new products and services to your existing clients. That’s because it’s easier to sell more to the clients you already have than it is to find a steady stream

Writing Tips

finding focus as a writer

Finding Focus as a Writer

Are you productive? Or are you just busy? There’s a big difference between the two, and I’m often guilty of the latter. I may sit at my desk for hours, tapping away at my keyboard. But that doesn’t mean I’m always doing work that can yield the greatest results. And

Freelance Writing

strive for excellence

Strive for Excellence

by Irene S. Roth We all live in a world where mediocrity is celebrated and even encouraged. And this same view pervades a writer’s life as well. As a writer, you are encouraged to write quickly and not follow your dreams or slow down long enough to discover what your

Writing Prompts

creative writing prompts

Creative Writing Prompts to Start the Week

Start the week right with these creative writing prompts. Use them to write a short story or as inspiration for an essay or even a scene for a novel. Happy writing! 1. It was the prettiest beach Calinda had ever seen. She pulled her camera from her bag and decided

Healthy Writers

Healthy Writer

Avoid Overload for Optimal Health and Writing Success

When we are overloaded we feel pushed in way too many directions without any underlying purpose for any of these things. This is a really awful feeling and something has to be remedied if we are to embark on the path towards excellence as a writer. To avoid overload, you

Club Member Spotlight

for God so loved: the story behind easter

The Story Behind Easter from Angela Joseph

Angela Joseph’s short story For God So Loved: The Story Behind Easter is now available on kindle. About the Book How can we begin to understand God’s amazing love that caused Him to send His only begotten Son to earth to die a horrible death for us? In this short

Romance Writing

capucine: home to my heart

Capucine: Home to My Heart – Review

Reviewed by Angela Joseph This story is a historical romance set in New Orleans in the year 1767 and is part of The Immigrant Brides Collection. In previous articles for this column, I outlined the elements of a good romance novel and ways in which an author of historical

Become a Writer – Getting Started

D is for Drinking Gourd

How to Get a Picture Book Published

by Nancy I. Sanders I started writing because I wanted to write picture books. Every week, I took my two preschoolers, Danny and Ben, to our library. Every week, we lugged home tote bags overflowing with picture books. I devoured them all and read them over and over to

Book Marketing

why use a pseudonym

Why Use a Pseudonym?

Nora Roberts, the author of more than 150 romance novels, was asked why she writes romantic suspense novels under a pen name. Why Use a Pseudonym? Here is her answer: “It’s marketing.” She says that writing quickly makes it difficult for her publisher to publish all of her work with


journaling tips

There is No Excuse for Not Writing When You Have Your Journal with You

You’re a writer but you’re also a person. You are a son or daughter, maybe a husband or wife, a friend. You may have kids and elderly parents to care for and other people to befriend. Heaven forbid any of people you have to care for have any kind of

Writing for Children

writing a mystery for a children's magazine

Writing a Mystery for a Children’s Magazine

When writing a mystery for children in general, there are basic ingredients your story should have: Problem A mystery usually starts with a problem that involves a crime or mysterious unknown. Somebody is needed to solve the problem and get all the questions answered. Think whodunit! Characters • Detective or

Jobs for Writers

Get Paid to Post

Blogs That Pay for Posts

It’s good to guest blog for other sites, especially when you get paid for it. But be careful when choosing sites to write for. Ones that offer payment in the form of revenue sharing are generally not on my list of sites to blog for (unless I have a clear

Magazine Writing

learn to write query letters

Learn to Write Winning Queries Video

If you want to make money writing for magazines you need to learn to write winning query letters. Watch this short video: For more helpful videos, subscribe to The Morning Nudge on Do Query Letters Ever Get Easier to Write? Here’s an email I got from one of

Mystery Writing

writing a cozy mystery

Writing a Cozy Mystery – Part 2

After creating your characters – or watching them create themselves – the next step is The Mystery Plan. Even if you are a committed pantser, please experiment this once to create a working outline. You do not need to plan every move rigidly. Leave yourself as free as you

Strategic Blogging

goal setting

5 Ways to Put More Go into Your Goal Setting

by Jennifer Brown Banks You had the best intentions. When 2016 rolled around, you saw the new year as a blank canvas eagerly awaiting your “art.” Optimistic, you vowed to use this time to breathe new life into old dreams. To start that novel. Or launch that business. Or find

Build Your Business with a Book

What does TL: DR mean?

What Does TL; DR Mean?

  Too long; didn’t read, or TL;DR has become shorthand for writing which is overly verbose. Congruent with Strunk and White’s admonition to “omit needless words” and with Einstein’s statement, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler,” TLDR (or “Teal Deer”) has a long history of

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