How many series (books or movies) can you name in which the sequel was as good as or even better than the first book in the series? Take a minute and just think about it. Not as many as there should be, perhaps? Especially given how many series of books (and movies) there are in the world today? Here's some expert insight on making your sequel at least as brilliant and entertaining as the first book in the series.
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4. "9 'Cheats' to Make Your Content Go Viral" on Ragan.com (Carol Roth)
You're maintaining a blog to keep your readers interested and your platform growing, but somehow, your content doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. It happens to all of us. Try one of these nine tips (or "cheats," if you like, though I think you're just using every available resource at your disposal) to make your content that much more attractive to your followers.
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3. "7 Exercises to Transform Your Blog from Sloppy to Savvy" on Pro Blogging Success
How do you know for sure that your blog is the best it can be? I invite you to check out these seven exercises, from building a community to growing discipline, that you can apply to your blogging and writing routines to improve both, over the long haul.
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2. "How to Find an Hour a Day for Your Freelance Side Hustle" on The Write Life (Melissa Chu)
Freelancing is often not a full-time endeavor, at least not at first. Maybe you're a full-time student and want to add freelancing to make some money on the side. Maybe you've got a full-time job that pays the bills, but your freelancing feeds your soul. Where on earth do you find time in your day to devote to freelancing? Start here for guidance.
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1. "How to Become a Successful Writer: 5 Habits to Practice Daily" on The Write Life (Johnson Kee)
One word universally describes the routines and tendencies of successful writers: discipline. Perhaps there are other words, but there's something about discipline (self-control, dedication) that makes things happen, that inspires excellence and improvement. To become a successful writer, incorporate these five practices into your life.
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What do you do to become a successful writer? Where do you find time to incorporate freelancing into your crazy schedule? What steps have you taken in the last week to make your blog the best it can be? The last month? The last year? If you're writing a series, what are you going to do to make the sequel as good as or better than your first book?