How to write a successful ending to your novel: 3 essential tips

A novel, any novel, thrives on conflict, resolution and change. You need to show readers what’s at stake, then allow it to happen. Show the characters worrying and trying to prevent things – then always let those things happen. Everything the character does makes things worse. There is conflict on every page that is believable (characters have a real motivation …

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How I went from PR0 to PR3 in one month, on a new site with no content: get a high pagerank quickly

Update! After posting this, I got distracted and added a “maintenance mode” plugin in for several months, which resulted in PR going back down to zero. Lesson learned. Sometime today or yesterday Google updated its PR database. “Pagerank” is a somewhat nebulous term that seems to refer to how “popular” your site is – how many people are linking to …

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A you a Dali or a Van Gogh? Selling yourself as an author or artist

There are two types of people in the world, and only one of them are successful. The Dalis are brazen self-promoters and headline grabbers. They are invincible in their self-confidence, creative and crazy in their media-friendliness, daring in their publicity stunts. The Van Goghs are quietly reflective, they ask people for favors, they are patient and sensitive, they trust other …

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