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The Live 8×8 Challenge Starts October 24th!

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This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series The 8x8 Challenge, LIVE!

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series The 8×8 Challenge, LIVE!If you’ve been wanting to improve (or start) your writing habit, stick with us for 8 minutes of writing per day for 8 days. We’ll be going from now until the 31st of October so if you’re participating in #NaNoWriMo you can go straight into 1,667 words per day starting November 1st. I’ll also be doing regular 8-minute writing sprints throughout the challenge. There’s no set schedule, so just watch on Twitter by following @monicaleonelle and the hashtag…read more

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Why Masterminds Are Critical To Becoming a Full-Time Author

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It’s no secret that I love masterminds. I am currently part of two high-end masterminds that meet in-person twice a year each. I also run an online mastermind to serve those who want to make massive progress on their goals, but have reasons they can’t travel that much—full-time day jobs, young kids, parents they need to care for —or lack of the resources it takes to fly somewhere, stay in hotels, and pay tens of thousands a year in mastermind fees. But I’ve never really talked about why masterminds are…read more

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Best Techniques for Hacking Your Writing

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Does this sound familiar? You’re sitting down at your computer ready to write and all you’re doing is staring at a blank screen. We’ve all been there before. You want to write faster, you want to write more often, you want to produce amazing stories. But it isn’t happening. You’re plagued with one of two major problems: either you can’t think of what to write next, or you’re flooded with so many ideas you just can’t write them fast enough. Trust me, I know how frustrating this can be. I’ve…read more

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Write Better Stories with the Smarter Storytelling Framework

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So you want to write great stories that instantly connect with your readers, but it’s just not happening? Maybe you’re just starting out and are unsure of how to move people with your story. Or maybe you’ve released several books, but the reviews have been… so-so. Or worse, one-star! I’ve been there too. In 2009 my dream was to become a full-time author, but honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. I loved writing, and I was good at writing. But writing fiction was a whole new ballgame…read more

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Film Rights, KU Recruiting, and Writing Sprints on the Sell More Books Show

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I had the amazing opportunity recently to join my friend, Bryan Cohen, as a co-host on the Sell More Books Show. We discussed industry news, including the question of the week. If you had the opportunity to sell your film rights tomorrow for a small sum, would you sell them or would you hold on to them in hopes of actually getting your film made?   Make sure to check out the episode for our take on that question as well as the following: How to get more followers on…read more

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Book Plot vs. Character Arc and How To Reconcile the Two (#29)

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One of the questions I’m receiving regularly since writing Nail Your Story and creating the Outlining Challenge goes something like this: I have a question about the rough markers for plot plots (25%, 50%, 75%, 90%) etc. Do these percentages apply to the BOOK or to the CHARACTER ARC? That is, if character A is in 8 scenes, is his decision/choice to go at the end of HIS second chapter OR at page 50 of a 200 page book? There are two parts to this question, so let’s break it down. Part…read more

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8 Books That Will Teach You 95% of What You Need To Write a Kickass Novel

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At the beginning of this year, I went on a serious novel craft binge and read or re-read nearly 50 books on the art of storytelling. This month, I’m hosting a giveaway of my very favorite storytelling and craft books—yay! If you’ve been struggling to write your book, or struggling to revise it, enter here to win all eight of my favorite books: http://proseonfire.com/giveaways/novelist/ I’m going to share the “why” behind why I selected each book in a moment, but before I do that, I just wanted to let you know…read more

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Why You Can’t Take Reviews Personally (#28)

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When I worked in payments, we found that there’s no real way to convince a client to switch to your gateway for their credit card payments. It was a lot of work to get on a new gateway, and for the most part, as long as a company could accept payments, they didn’t think much about who was making it possible. The ways that we got clients were: a) we caught them when they were first setting up payments b) we found them when they had serious pain with their…read more

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How to Deal With an Unending Shift in Priorities (#27)

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Do you ever feel like even when you’ve figured out what you’re doing next, life decides to throw a wrench in your plans? At the beginning of the year, I had this incredible plan to build my business in 2015. It felt so right and I was so confident in it. I lined up my collaborators, my editors, and more, so sure I could bring my vision to fruition. Then, I got engaged on December 31st at about 11:30pm, and my entire plan went out the window. (I was incredibly…read more

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