Jul 252014
 
You Hate Writing? 6 Tips on How to Love Writing

If you hate writing, you’re in good company – whether you’re writing an essay for school, an article for Oprah, or a memo for your department at work. These tips on how to love your writing are inspired by quotes from famous published authors who – believe it or not – hated writing. I like to start every blog post with a resource for writers, so they have somewhere to

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Jul 222014
 
7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of other writers, I need your advice. One surefire tip for dealing with jealousy is to get deeper into your own writing. Use the exercises in books such as One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons

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Mar 022014
 
5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank

Even the most successful writers have minds that go blank occasionally. These writing tips will help you overcome the paralysis that stops you from getting your words on paper. Writing when you feel like you have nothing to say is about training your mind to think like a writer. What does this mean? I don’t know, but author Sage Cohen does. She wrote The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You

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Oct 082013
 
How to Write When You Have No Ideas

You want to write, but you have nothing to write about. Maybe you’re paralyzed by fear, uncertainty, or the fact that you compare yourself to other writers. Don’t worry; even the best writers need encouragement. These tips will help you write when you think you can’t – they range from overcoming the fear of writing to learning how to create better freelance article ideas. “Writing is elemental,” said Natalie Goldberg. “Once you have tasted its

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May 112013
 
3 Ways to Increase Your Writing Confidence

If you struggle with doubt and insecurity as a writer, here are a few specific tips for increasing your writing confidence. Female writers are almost always paralyzed by self-doubt, self-criticism, and fear – even the most successful published, most well-read authors. I don’t think male writers struggle with the same self-doubts. I increased my confidence in myself as a writer by reading books like The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide

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May 012013
 
Writing Tips and Quips From the Great Fitzgeralds

Need inspiration and courage to keep writing? Heed the great authors of the days of yore. These writing tips and quips are from Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (he wrote the classic The Great Gatsby). 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

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Apr 112013
 
How to Get Your Book Published - Advice From Publishing Pros

These tips on how to get your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). How much research have you done? Study the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published - it’ll help you get published. Is getting your book published the purpose of your life?

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Mar 252013
 
10 Creative Ways to Improve Your Writing

My writing skills improved dramatically when I freelanced for Reader’s Digest, because the editor would go over every sentence with me. She’d call me up and we’d analyze my articles – and I’d learn what Reader’s Digest readers were looking for, what editors want from writers, and even how to pitch future articles. Most editors don’t have the time to do this – I was one lucky writer! Though it was

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Feb 032013
 
10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

A grammar mistake as “little” as its instead of it’s can stop you from getting published, or change an A paper to a B or even a C. Here are the most common grammatical errors people make, plus tips on how to fix them. This is a guest post from Honor Clement-Hayes, who is – among many other things – the Women’s Fashion Editor for an online culture magazine called

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Dec 062012
 
When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract. In my case, I no longer wanted to work with my publisher. “There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton. Colton couldn’t have been more right. Writing a book is tough; finding people to read

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