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Christine Royse Niles — Changing the world one word at a time

A New Gift For You

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Being a writer can get overwhelming, can’t it?

I’m here to help. The Growing Writer’s Survival Kit offers you an ever-expanding set of tools to get through any roadblock you’re facing.

  • Looking to cut through the chaos? The Next Steps Planning Worksheet will help you through your next project.

  • Ready to launch your book? A Minimalist Guide to Book Launches will cut through the noise and get your work out there.

  • Feeling down? The Secret might encourage you when you hit one of those days when you just plain can’t keep going.

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The Shifty Balance of Paid Work and Creative Work

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It’s hard to juggle work to pay the bills and writing to fill our hearts.

Professional writer and editor Andi Cumbo-Floyd shares how she’s struck the balance between paid creative work and the pure creative work that feeds her soul.

The Three Simple Steps to Captivating Your Readers

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As a creative who got paid to plan, I’ve always fought the dissonance between inspiration and process. But as I kept at it, I started to see the pattern. Here’s the simple way to get better writing done, every time.

How to Make the Most of Your Email List

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Your email list is your most important online tool, because it’s way easier to talk to someone who already knows you and trusts you and cares about what you’re offering. Here are three tips to make the most of it and serve your audience well.

How to Really Finish Your NaNoWriMo Project!


NaNoWriMo is a creative writing challenge where participants share a common goal of writing a 50,000-word novel in a month. But support tends to drop off in December as everyone goes back to their lives.

I need some accountability to keep that NaNo momentum going, so I can edit and actually FINISH the book I am writing this NaNo. And I invite you to join me!

How to Write A Book or Finish Any Writing Project in 90 Days

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It’s easy to freak out over big decisions. Maybe you’re worried a decision now might screw everything up later. Maybe you still don’t quite know what to say or how to say it. Or you know what to say, but you’re not sure you can find the right people to read it or to support you. But your words can’t change the world if they’re not in it. So here’s a four-step process (and a free download!) to finish your project in 90 days.