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Suffering Doubts About Your Writing? Four Time-Tested Tips to Help You in Your Darkest Hours

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

1. Work with Your Hands: There is something satisfying about handiwork, because you can see the physical results of your labor. Whether you're baking bread, knitting a scarf, or weeding your garden, making something with your hands can set your mind on fire.

Why It's Harder to Write the Next Book Than Your Last--And How to Keep Writing Anyway

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I have experienced more success as a novelist than I ever imagined. So why is writing every new book harder than it was to write the one before? And how do I keep going despite my fears?

How One Novelist Was Dragged, Kicking and Screaming, Out of Her Barn to Embrace Social Media

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Like most writers, I spend hours alone and doodling on my laptop, even on Saturday nights. Until recently, I had zero interest in fist-bumping people on social media, preferring to spend my time on fiction rather than fall down virtual rabbit holes.

One Writer's Homage to Booksellers, Librarians and Readers

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Launching your first novel is exciting because you don't know what to expect. It's a big deal that you've published a book at all. Sending subsequent books into the world is still a big deal -- we're living the dream, right? -- but in some ways it's even more intimidating.

7 Tips for Writers Looking for Lucky Breaks

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Crossing the threshold from unpublished to published author was a similar journey for me: I had to keep pounding on that door until, one crack at a time, it gave way. There was no one lucky break. It was more like a hundred of them.

Raising My Own Flock of Sheep, Almost

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Lately, I have started to fantasize about raising sheep of my own. For this reason, one of the main characters in my new novel, Haven Lake, has her own thriving flock of Icelandic sheep.

Tempted to Read Your Own Book Reviews? Resist!

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.

How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At any rate, I managed to whittle the book down to 480 pages in three days. In doing so, here's what I learned about the art of murder by red pen...

What Yoga Is Teaching Me About Writing a Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

"Honor your intentions," the instructor was saying. "What intention are you bringing to the mat today?" "Just to be able to get off the damn mat again," I muttered.

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I made so many mistakes along the way that I thought I'd offer a roundup of them to help aspiring writers avoid stumbling into the same muddy potholes that nearly swallowed me whole.

7 Ways to Make Pimping Your Book for a Blurb Less Weird

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is no easy way to ask for blurbs, but take comfort in the fact that every writer has to do it. Now that I've just gritted my teeth and gone through the process for the fourth time, for my novel Haven Lake, I thought it might help newbie writers to think about these strategies...

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Novels are not cars to be assembled. You can't write them if the muse isn't with you, and the muse doesn't always come when you call her. Yet, if you want to make a living as a writer, you must find a way to go to the muse if she won't come to you.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

A Magical Island: Making the Most of Your Novel's Setting

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

To me, settings are far more than just places in books. I view settings as essential components of every novel, because so often places convey the interior landscapes of the characters and deepen the reader's experience.

5 Surefire Strategies for Marketing Your eBook

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

As I looked back at the past year and dug a little deeper into the various marketing strategies I used, I realized that I did, in fact, discover some things that worked better than others.

How Do You Choose a Book Cover That Tells Your Story?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Will the cover be "me?" More importantly, will it honestly represent the emotions and story I've put on the page and attract readers?