Jul 222012
 
The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps - From a Writer's Workshop

These steps to a flawless writing technique and how to make writing easy are from a writer’s workshop by Michael Gartner. They were shared by a reader who attended the workshop. If you want to be a writer, read How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown. There’s only so much digging into the past of famous authors you can do…sooner or later, you have to learn how to

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Dec 052011
 
How to Get Your Poetry Published - 5 Tips for Poets

These tips on getting your poetry into magazines, anthologies, or your own book of poems are from John C. Goodman. Not only has he published two collections of poetry, he wrote a non-fiction book called Poetry: Tools & Techniques. Here, Goodman describes the chances of getting your poetry published, and offers tips on breaking into the poetry market. First, here’s what a different poet and writer – also published – says about

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Jul 252011
 
5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers

Even the most talented, creative, brilliant writers won’t go far unless they know how to overcome the discouragement of getting rejection after rejection! Talent and creativity isn’t nearly as important as stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s what one poet recently said: “Lately, I’ve been struggling with writer’s block with my poetry,” says M. on my Ask a Question About Writing page. “It’s not that I can’t think of any ideas – it’s more

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Jul 152011
 
How to Use Speech Recognition Software - 5 Tips for Writers

Using speech recognition software is a great way to become a more productive writer. These tips for writing with voice recognition software will help you to get the most from this tool. Before the tips, a quip: “The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S’s: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he

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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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May 242011
 
How to Make Writing Easy and Increase Your Energy to Write

Writers, do you struggle to find the time and energy to write? Who am I kidding – of course you do! Motivation, energy, and inspiration are both the bane and the backbone of a writer’s existence. I recently received a question from a reader who is struggling to write. And, I’m “coincidentally” reading a book about opting out of struggle and raising your vibrational energy to a higher level, where

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May 182011
 

Writers, no matter what your genre, you will face obstacles to writing. Use these tips to keep falling forward. In fact — say it out loud right now: “Writing obstacles, be gone!” And check out one of my all-time favorite quips: “It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.” ~ Lillian Hellman. How does

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May 042011
 
Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World

On What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?, I asked for the best blogs about writing, and you answered! Here are a few writing blogs suggested by writers, plus a few reasons why those bloggers have something we all want: a ringing endorsement from a fellow scribe. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He

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Apr 202011
 
Character Sketches for Writers - How to Bring Characters to Life

Why create character sketches before writing stories? To bring your fictional characters to life! These tips for sketching out the personalities, weaknesses, and strengths of the characters in your novel or short story will help you bring those “peeps” alive. Before the tips, a quip: “When writing a novel a writer should create living people… people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” ~ Ernest Hemingway. The first tip for creating fictional

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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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