Sep 262011
 
The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never outline their work. Gary Horsman was the first (and so far only) writer to comment

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Sep 232011
 
5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays

I never outline my magazine articles, book ideas, or essays, so when I found this article on the reasons writers should not outline their work, I was thrilled! Here’s what Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant says: “When I was a sullen high school student, many of my teachers demanded that we submit outlines with every essay. We fooled most of them by writing our essays first and creating the outlines afterwards.

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Sep 132011
 
5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn the secrets of great writing, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s writing secrets, via the Publication Coach. ”Almost 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, theatres still regularly perform his plays,” says Vancouver-based writer Daphne Gray-Grant. “Children study his work in school and we are still moved by the complexity of his stories and the beauty

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Aug 062011
 
How to Improve Your English - Speaking, Reading, Writing

Even if you’re not an ESL student, these tips on how to improve your English will help you speak, read, and write better. This article is inspired by a recent comment: “I’m an Asian student studying in a foreign country,” says Howard on How to Write Good Sentences and Paragraphs. “I’ve found out this year that my favorite subject is English, and I want to improve it. But my pronunciation

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Jul 072011
 

Writing the first chapter of your novel – a killer first chapter – isn’t as easy as it looks. These five steps to writing Chapter One will wow your readers and keep them riveted. Before the tips, a quip: “The first chapter must open with a bang, hit the ground running, take no prisoners, grab ‘em by the throat, leave ‘em begging for mercy yet praying for more.” ~ Elizabeth

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Apr 182011
 
Got Fiction Characters? How to Use a Character Web to Track Them

Creating strong fiction characters involves knowing how to keep track of them. Learn what a character web is, and how to use it to track the relationships between your stock and dynamic characters. But first, learn how talented writers create fiction characters readers never forget… “Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate

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Mar 282011
 
How to Write a Chapter of a Book - What Authors Need to Know

There isn’t one secret to knowing how to write a chapter of a book – there are many! Here’s what authors need to know about writing chapters – because writing a book is more than putting words to the page. Writing a book is about organizing your words into a compelling and interesting series of chapters. Each chapter in a book has to further the plot and keep the reader

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Feb 032011
 
How to Write Chick Lit for Women - 5 Writing Tips for Female Readers

Learning how to write chick lit for women is the first step to getting your book published! These writing tips for female readers are from editors, authors, and readers. First, what is chick lit? “This whole category of chick lit – I think people like to categorize because it makes life easier for people in general,” says Greer Hendricks, a senior editor at Atria Books who edits bestselling author Jennifer

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Jan 202011
 
5 Examples of Using Your Senses in Your Writing

Good writing activates your ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and tongue, right? Use these tips for using your senses or sensory details in writing to spice up your prose… “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the senses,” writes Hall in How Fiction Works. How Fiction Works: Proven Secrets to Writing Successful Stories That Hook Readers and Sell describes dozens of literary techniques,

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Jan 112011
 
Editing and Proofreading Tips – 5 Ways to Proofread Your Writing

These editing and proofreading tips will make your writing better, and they’re kinda fun! These ways to proofread your writing are new to me – because honestly, I’m not much for editing. I tend to edit as I write, which many a writing coach has spanked me for. One of my goals is to separate writing from editing, which I believe is a better way to write. So, I’ve been

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