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Navigating the Void: How I conquered Writer's Block

By: Sang-hee Kim

      Have you ever found yourself  sitting and staring at a blank page and feeling the weight of writer’s block crushing your creativity? Well, I've been there too, and let me tell you, overcoming writer’s block was filled with twists, turns, and unexpected revelations.

   Everything for me began with acceptance. I had to remind myself that writer's block was not a sign of failure but just a natural roadblock in the creative process. Once I stopped beating myself up, I realized that understanding and embracing this block was the key to getting my words to flow freely.

     Having a change of environment worked wonders for me. Instead of being confined to my usual writing space, which was at my cluttered and disorganized desk in my studio apartment, I took my notebook and laptop outside. While being outside, I found inspiration in the most simplest things such as my neighbors arguing, dogs barking, the noise that comes from living in a big city, etc.

     Taking mindful breaks was another step I took. Rather than pushing myself to the verge of frustration, I took short walks, practiced meditation, or engaged in other creative activities. Instead of sitting and my desk and trying to push myself through frustration, these breaks really allowed my mind to rest and created space for fresh ideas. In the end, the breaks weren't just about physical rest, they were about mental rejuvenation.

     Taking short walks became a routine that allowed me to separate myself from the intensity of the writing process. During my walks, I found the freedom to let my mind wander off.

     Meditation became another important factor during my mindful breaks. Sitting in a quiet space, focusing on my breathing, and allowing thoughts to come and go without judgment acted as a reset button for my mind. I was able to discover the clarity that I needed to unravel complicated plotlines or find the perfect words for dialogue between characters.

     Getting myself into other creative activities during breaks became not only a source of joy but inspiration as well. Drawing, which I've loved since I was a child, and even experimenting with a bit of amateur photography provided a nice change of pace from the usual. These activities not only gave my writing brain a break but also encouraged my imagination.

     Freewriting also became my therapy. I would literally set a timer and let my thoughts spill onto the page without the restraints of perfection. It was therapeutic for me to see words forming without all the burden of self-critique. I learned to let go of the need for flawless drafts. Understanding that writing is a process, I gave myself permission to write imperfectly, knowing that this was just a rough draft and edits would come much later.

     Establishing a writing routine was another big factor in overcoming writer’s block. It brought a sense of discipline to my creative chaos. Knowing that I had dedicated a specific time each day for writing created a habit, making it easier to face the blank page with a sense of purpose.  Early mornings became my dedicated writing time. Living in the heart of the city, mornings were the quietest part of my day. With a steaming cup of coffee, I put my all into my writing, setting a tone for productivity. 

     Consistency was key. Whether I felt inspired or not, I showed up at my designated writing spot, which was my disorganized desk, every day. With this becoming the norm,  I was able to wipe out my resistance and make writing a non-negotiable part of my daily routine. With the act of showing up, even on days when the words didn't seem to come so easily or I just wasn’t feeling very motivated became a testament to my commitment.

     I also incorporated short breaks into my writing routine intentionally. These breaks weren't just about physical rest but mental rest, as well. Stepping away from my computer allowed my ideas to simmer in the back of my mind, leading to breakthroughs when I returned to my work.

     And last but definitely not least, another crucial step in my challenge of overcoming writer's block was connecting with fellow writers. This literally became my lifeline. Online communities, workshops, and local meet-ups provided a supportive network where I could share my struggles, seek advice, and draw inspiration from others who had faced similar challenges. So, if you're struggling with the notorious writer's block, just know that you're not alone. I strongly believe that every writer goes through it at some point. Most of our favorite authors have more than likely dealt with the words not flowing as freely as they’d like before us readers got our hands on their bestselling novel. Just learn to embrace the journey, make intentional changes, and let the words flow. The blank page is not your enemy. It’s an open canvas. Happy writing!




From the moment she first held a pencil, Sang-he has been on a literary journey, weaving tales and crafting stories. Her heart belongs to the enigmatic world of mystery novels.

Sang-he's love for writing is mirrored by her passion for delving into the mysterious realms penned by others. As an avid reader of mysteries, she finds joy in exploring the intricate plots and solving the puzzles that authors present. For Sang-he Kim, writing and reading mysteries isn't just a hobby; it's a lifelong affair with the art of unraveling secrets and immersing herself in the thrill of the unknown.

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The Crucial Role of Editors in Self Publishing

By: Josh Kline

     Self-publishing has revolutionized the world of literature, empowering authors to bring their stories directly to readers without the need for traditional publishing houses. While this autonomy is liberating, it comes with the responsibility of ensuring your work meets the highest standards. One key element that can make or break your self-published novel is the role of an editor. In this article, we'll delve into the importance of hiring an editor after self-publishing your novel.

     Writing a novel is an intimate process, and authors often become so immersed in their work that they may overlook errors or inconsistencies. A professional editor provides a fresh set of eyes, catching mistakes and offering valuable insights that authors might have missed.​

     Editors play a crucial role in shaping the overall structure of your novel. They analyze the narrative flow, character development, pacing, and plot coherence. A well-structured novel not only captivates readers but also enhances the overall reading experience.​ Even the most seasoned writers can overlook grammar and style nuances. An editor ensures that your novel is free from grammatical errors, awkward phrasing, and inconsistencies in style. This attention to detail elevates the professionalism of your work, making it more appealing to readers.

     Picture this: after months of pouring your heart and soul into your manuscript, you've reached that blissful moment when you can finally type "The End." The euphoria of completing your novel is unparalleled, but here's the catch – you've been in the trenches, navigating the twists and turns of your plot, immersing yourself in the lives of your characters. It's your brainchild, your literary creation, and that's precisely where the dilemma arises.

When you're knee-deep in the world you've meticulously crafted, it's easy to become blind to its imperfections. This is where the magic of a fresh set of eyes comes into play. Enter the editor – the literary detective who navigates through the intricacies of your narrative with an unbiased perspective.

     Editors are similar to literary archaeologists, uncovering your manuscript for hidden gems while skillfully navigating around potential pitfalls. They bring objectivity to the table, a perspective separated from the emotional rollercoaster that is the creative process. What you might see as a minor plot hiccup or a character inconsistency, an editor might identify as a crucial turning point or an opportunity for character growth. It's not just about spotting typos or correcting grammar – it's about unraveling the layers of your story, examining its core, and ensuring that the narrative resonates seamlessly with your readers. Editors are not just grammar gurus; they're story architects, meticulously examining the blueprint of your novel to ensure structural integrity.

     Consider the pacing of your novel – a concept you've been juggling since the first chapter. While you may be confident in your pacing decisions, an editor can provide a valuable perspective on how readers will experience the ebb and flow of your narrative. Are there moments that drag, demanding a trim, or scenes that whirl by too quickly, warranting more detail? A fresh set of eyes can discern the delicate balance required for an engaging reading experience.

     Editors are attuned to market trends and reader preferences. They can provide insights on how to make your novel more appealing to a broader audience. This can include suggestions for refining characters, adjusting dialogue, or enhancing plot elements to resonate with readers.

     In essence, the fresh set of eyes an editor provides is not just a formality – it's a literary gift. It's the difference between a good story and an exceptional one, between a manuscript that makes it onto readers' shelves and one that collects dust in the shadows. So, as you bask in the glow of your completed manuscript, remember that embracing the insights of an editor is not an admission of flaws; it's a celebration of the endless possibilities your story holds when polished by an unbiased, discerning eye.

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Josh Kline, an avid writer with a profound love for books and the art of writing, possesses a keen eye for grammatical precision. His passion for literature is reflected in the meticulous attention he pays to the nuances of language, making him not just a storyteller but also a grammar enthusiast. With every word he pens, Josh strives for linguistic excellence, ensuring that his writing is not only compelling but also impeccably crafted. His dedication to the written word extends beyond storytelling, as he takes pride in identifying and rectifying even the subtlest grammatical mistakes, elevating his writing to a level of linguistic finesse that captivates readers and fellow wordsmiths alike.

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Ebooks vs Print Books: The Digital Takeover

By: Eryn Holly

     Hey there, bookworms! Have you noticed something strange happening in the world of reading lately? It seems like good old print books are getting some stiff competition from their digital counterparts--eBooks! That's right, the battle of the books is on, and it looks like eBooks are pulling ahead in the race to win our hearts and minds.

     Now before all you die-hard print book enthusiasts start sharpening your pitchforks, lets take a moment to explore why eBooks are becoming more popular than print books. Trust me; it's not all bad new!

      1. Instant Gratification

     Remember the days when you had to wait in line at the bookstore or library for the latest bestseller? With eBooks, you can kiss those long lines goodbye! All you need is a few clicks, and voila!  Your next reading adventure is right there on your device, ready to whisk you away to another world. No more impatiently tapping your foot while the bookstore clerk searches for your book.

     2. Portability Galore

     Print books are lovely, but they can be bulky and heavy. E-books, on the other hand, can fit in your pocket or purse. You can carry an entire library with you wherever you go. So, whether you're waiting for your dentist appointment or stuck in a never-ending line at the DMV, you can dive into your eBook and escape the mundane.

     3. Customizable Reading Experience

     E-books offer a range of features that print books just can't match. Adjust the font size, switch to night mode for bedtime reading, and even highlight your favorite passages without ruining the book. Plus, with audiobook integration, you can switch between reading and listening seamlessly. Try doing that with a print book!

     4. Space-Saving Superheroes

     Living in a tiny apartment with no room for a bookshelf? E-books are here to rescue you! They won't clutter your living space, and you can collect as many as you want without worrying about where to put them. Your inner minimalist will thank you.

     5. Accessibility for All

     E-books are like the great equalizers of the literary world. They make reading more accessible for people with disabilities, offering text-to-speech capabilities and customizable layouts. Everyone deserves the chance to get lost in a good story, and eBooks help make that possible.

     6. Environmentally Friendly

     Let's not forget the planet! E-books are an eco-friendlier choice compared to their paper counterparts. Fewer trees are sacrificed, and there's no need for transportation and storage. Mother Earth gives eBooks two green thumbs up!

     7. Hidden Gems at Your Fingertips

     E-books have given indie authors and small publishers a chance to shine. With self-publishing platforms readily available, youre more likely to stumble upon hidden literary treasures that might never have sen the light of day in the traditional publishing world.

     Now, before you decide to go full digital and dump your print book collection, let's remember that both formats have their unique charm. The smell of an old book, the satisfaction of turning a physical page---these things are priceless to many book lovers.

    So, while eBooks are making waves and becoming more popular than ever, print books aren't going anywhere. The choice between the two ultimately comes down to personal preference. Whether you prefer the convenience of eBooks or the nostalgia of print, the most important thing is that we're all reading and celebrating the magic of books in our own way.

     In the end, it's not about eBooks versus print books; it's about the joy of reading, no matter how you choose to do it. So, grab your favorite format, cozy up with a cup of tea, and let the reading adventures continue!


Eryn Holly is a passionate and talented contributing writer with a degree in creative writing from Howard University. With a deep-rooted love for the written word and a keen eye for storytelling, Eryn has been leaving her mark on the world of literature since her college days. Her academic journey at Howard University not only honed her writing skills but also instilled in her a strong commitment to exploring diverse narratives and amplifying underrepresented voices.

Eryn's work seamlessly weaves together her academic prowess and creative flair, allowing her to craft engaging and thought-provoking pieces that captivate readers from all walks of life. Her writing is marked by a unique ability to tackle complex subjects with clarity and grace, making her a valuable asset to the literary community.

Whether she's covering cultural topics or penning insightful articles, Eryn brings a fresh perspective to every piece she contributes. Her dedication to the art of storytelling, coupled with her academic background, promises to leave a lasting impression in the world of writing and publishing. We are excited to have her as part of our team, where her words are sure to inspire and resonate with our readers.

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Tips on Marketing Your Novel

By: Tiffany Evans

     Now that you have written your novel and have big plans for people to get it in their hands, read it, love it, and spread the word to their family and friends, you start to wonder, HOW DO I MAKE THIS HAPPEN? Our word for the hour is MARKETING. Marketing is very important in the whole publishing process. Actually, I will even go as far as to say that marketing should be thought about before you even start planning your novel. You don’t want to get halfway through or even finished your novel and not have any plans on how the world will even know anything about it and in this day and age, you do not have to spend hundreds or even thousands to do it. If you put a little time and effort, you could get the news out about your book without breaking your pockets.

     This is where having a website and/or blog comes into play. If you don’t have the money to invest in a website designer, guess what? YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF.  There are plenty of drag and drop websites out there where you can put your creativity to work. With your website, you can announce your upcoming novel, post your cover, synopsis and even some excerpts.  Now let’s think…when an upcoming movie is about to premiere, what do you see on every tv station? TRAILERS. Book trailers are a great way to let people know about your upcoming novel. It builds up anticipation for your release. You can create your own trailer or even check out where you can find people offering services at very affordable rates, as low as $5. You can’t beat that!

      After you have designed your website and/or blog to include your synopsis, excerpts, and book trailer, you want to get started with social media. If you have a twitter, Instagram, or Facebook account, USE IT TO THE FULLEST. Take advantage of your friends and followers and by taking advantage, I mean letting them know that you are in the process of publishing your novel.

     Now, if Google isn’t your best friend already, you really need to get acquainted. There are tons of websites out there that feature indie authors, give reviews, and provide blog tours. Some are paying sites and some are not. Even if you are on a tight budget, sometimes you will  have to spend a little money to make a lot of money. Do your research and look into ones that work within your budget. Also, joining writing communities such as Wattpad also works well with marketing yourself.

            Hopefully, this has given you a little assistance with designing your marketing campaign. With effort and patience, you will be well on your way to a very lucrative writing career!


     With a passion for literature and a knack for promoting written works, Tiffany has carved a niche for herself in the ever-evolving world of book marketing. She possesses an uncanny ability to identify the unique selling points of each book and tailor marketing campaigns that propel them into the spotlight.

     Whether it's leveraging the latest social media trends, optimizing Amazon algorithms, or orchestrating compelling book launches, Tiffany is a master of her craft. Her expertise isn't just limited to traditional marketing; she's also a proponent of innovative approaches that adapt to the digital age, ensuring that books reach their intended audience.

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