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The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn
… where you will find resources to help you write, publish and market your book. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013, and voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers 3 years running, and one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers 2012. As seen at: Hi, I’m Joanna Penn, an author, just like you, and on this site I share my own lessons from the writing journey. I have made so many mistakes, I want to try and save you time, money and heartache along the way. In the short video below, I give you a guided tour of this site and how you can find help with your questions about writing, publishing, book marketing and entrepreneurship.

Character Profile Templates Enter your e-mail to get the e-book for FREE. We'll also keep you informed about interesting website news. "I have searched the web and used different worksheets, but none have come close to your worksheets and descriptions of (what to do and what not to do). Both courses I have taken have with Creative Writing Now have been amazing. Each time I have learned something new. The "New Author Platform" - What you need to know The author platform isn’t what it used to be. A new definition is emerging, based on the reality that in the 21st century, readers don’t depend on the Today Show or the feature pages of the New York Times to find a new book to read. Instead, they’re looking online and expecting to find a more direct path to a favorite or yet-to-be-discovered author.

My talk to the NYC chapter of Sisters in Crime I crowdsourced the good parts of this talk this morning on Twitter. I had my basic points in mind, but I tweeted "I'm giving a talk to SinC on things writers should be doing. Any suggestions?" There were a lot of good suggestions, but I had a limited amount of time (sadly!)

Creative Writing 1) Writing Traditional Stories from a Different Point of View 2) Design a New Room for the Chocolate Factory 3) Godzilla This idea is based on the Godzilla introduction found here Read the introduction to the children (you might need to photocopy it so that the children can refer to it during their writing) and ask them to continue the story. Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU Finding your voice by Christopher Meeks Developing a voice in your writing is a notion that passes over me every now and then like the "thung" sound of an error message on my computer. "I should develop a voice," I think. "My voice is off today," I think.

Livia Blackburne: Author Blogging: You're Doing it Wrong I think blogging is a waste of time. Now, I realize this is weird because I .. uh… blog. But let me explain. Warehouse Blog: Kathy Boyer's Delectible Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Today I was day dreaming about the chocolate chip cookies my best friend's mother use to make when we were kids. The cookies were always the perfect blend of soft, crunchy and chocolatey goodness. So I called Mrs. Boyer today to ask if I could share her secret chocolate cookie recipe with you and she obliged.

Creative Writing 101: A Beginner's Guide to Creative Writing Creative writing is any form of writing which is written with the creativity of mind: fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction writing and more. The purpose is to express something, whether it be feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Rather than only giving information or inciting the reader to make an action beneficial to the writer, creative writing is written to entertain or educate someone, to spread awareness about something or someone, or to express one’s thoughts. There are two kinds of creative writing: good and bad, effective and ineffective. The 14 best blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today. Which one is for you? Want the latest recommendations? Read our 2015 guide to The 18 best blogging and publishing platforms on the internet today. Updated June 2014 Reading the signs a couple of years ago it was easy to assume that the art of blogging was set to die a painful death at the hands of social networks like Facebook and Twitter and others.

10 guerrilla marketing tactics for illustrators This is the second installment of our Guerrilla Marketing tactics series – you can view the 10 guerrilla marketing tactics for designers by clicking here. Illustrators are some of the most talented people that I know. I’ve admired illustration work for years and I have dabbled in drawing since I was very, very young, but the quality of artwork that some of the top illustrators put out today is simply baffling. So, starting out as an illustrator, what can you do to get yourself noticed and slide into a top spot in the food chain? Today’s article is going to go over ten guerrilla marketing tactics that you as an illustrator can use. Below you will find ten guerrilla marketing tactics that I have geared towards illustrators, but I am sure that even designers, writers and photographers could utilize some of them as well (for those who we haven’t covered yet, I promise you that the articles are coming).