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6 Ways To Improve Your Writing

Are your sentences overly long and confusing? In this post, I’m going to share 6 ways to improve your writing.

Long sentences can be dangerous. When our sentences are too long, we tend to lapse into the passive voice and we risk making tense and punctuation mistakes.

Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader. We tend to veer off course and forget the purpose of our communications. They also force the reader to work harder.

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[PATRON EXCLUSIVE] 10% OFF ALL MERCHANDISE

If there are many things I learned about writing a book and self-publishing it but the biggest thing I regret on my release day is not having the merchandise. But now I do.

Click below to look at the whole catalog! And for my patrons, you’ll receive 10% OFF and you’ll FREE SHIPPING  to all the merchandise in the AUS, UK, and US.

Make sure you take this opportunity and get something you like. 

Here is the coupon and I hope you enjoy it! 

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Thank you!

Seven Tips That Helped Finish My Book

How to Write a Novella

Before I begin, I want to remind you, that if you want to support me as an author and receive SHORT STORIES, MERCHANDISE, and PERSONALIZED WRITING ADVICE, go to my PATREON to sign up.

When you go to start your novella, remember it’s important to appreciate the form. It would be premature to start to craft your own story without first reading a collection of novellas and taking stock of elements that appeal to you. Once you feel like you have a sense of the form, it’s time to start writing. Below are SEVEN TIPS that helped me and hopefully, they help you finish your novella.

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Four Ways To Start Writing Your Novella

Last year I self-published my novella, Shadow Of The Wicked, since then I’ve had a lot of readers asking me why I chose to write a novella, and how to write one. I’ve created a quick and general guideline for writing a novella. I say generally because, like all writing principles, they are subject to change.

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I made a Patreon Account

I’ve been pondering the idea for a while and I’ve wanted to try to involve and give my viewers/readers/writers extra content but I don’t have the time around my work life–well now I do.

I made a Patreon Account

If you haven’t heard of Patreon it is a membership platform that connects content creators with fans and supporters. Mainly, it offers financial tools that let supporters subscribe to projects that give creators a predictable income stream as they continue to create content. 


The membership is based on Tiers. Below are my Tiers. If you click the image it’ll take you to my page and you can see what else is offered for each Tier.


Patreon enables creators to establish multiple membership tiers. The number of tiers and the subscription rate at each level is left up to the creator. This can encourage casual fans to pay a low rate – perhaps as little as $1 per month – while more dedicated followers can subscribe upwards of $10 or $20 per month. Higher tiers grant funders access to premium and exclusive content not otherwise available to supporters at lower levels. 

As you can see, my tiers start at a low price but obviously the higher you commit, the more content you’ll receive from me.

I look forward to building a stronger relationship and engagement with you by producing more content.

#DouglasWTSmith #Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/douglaswtsmith

8 Reasons You Should Start A Blog

I’ve been writing this blog on and off for several years. I admit I go through waves of regularly pushing content and total absence.

Throughout blogging, I always start with the ‘why’. Why did I start my blog? Usually, the ‘why’ is what helps me push out content. The answer typically falls into these 8 points as to why I started this blog. If you’ve been on the fence about starting a blog, see if any of my reasons below can help you decide

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How to Prepare Your Manuscript for an Editor: Tips to Save Time and Money

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been working on the final edits (I hope) of my book, To Wield The Stars, and during this process, I’ve learned a lot about how to prepare the manuscript so my editor can focus on the content.


Before I jump into it, I want to remind you that

SHADOW OF THE WICKED is available for $0.99 for a LIMITED TIME, so if you haven’t got it, below is the link to download your copy today.

SHADOW OF THE WICKED ON AMAZON


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LIFE UPDATE.

It’s been very quiet here on my blog, but I assure you, I have been busy with projects outside writing.

Over the past couple of months I have been mostly working, renovating our home and spending quality time with my family. I also took a step back in my marketing plan for Shadow Of The Wicked to see how the organic sales, as I felt like I had done a lot of the ground working to keep the sales trickling in.

If you wish to get the most up-to-date news from me, I urge you to subscribe to my newsletter.

I only send one letter on the 4th of every month, so it won’t overload your inbox. But it will give you the first insight on my books, as well as early or exclusive access to content, which I am happy to announce some really big news but you have to subscribe to my newsletter to receive it.

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