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5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank

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 your blank mind and get your words on paper. One of my coworkers told me she freezes when she has to write a report or even an email. She has a Master’s of Counseling, and had to […]

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How to Write When You Have No Ideas

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 […]

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For Doubtful Women Writers – 3 Tips for Increasing Your Confidence

For Doubtful Women Writers – 3 Tips for Increasing Your Confidence

As a woman writer, do you struggle with self-doubt? If you do, you’re in good company. 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. Here’s what Lisa Bloom writes in Think: Straight Talk […]

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Writing Tips and Quips From the Great Fitzgeralds

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). This month on Quips and Tips, I’m featuring quips from mothers who weren’t well-behaved and (as always) practical tips for […]

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How to Get Your Book Published – Advice From Publishing Pros

How to Get Your Book Published – Advice From Publishing Pros

Written by on April 11, 2013 in Literary Agents, Publishing Tips, Writing Tips with 5 Comments

These tips for getting published are from a panel of writers, literary agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of eager writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). Before the tips, a quip: “If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I […]

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10 Creative Ways to Challenge and Improve Your Writing

10 Creative Ways to Challenge and Improve Your Writing

Written by on March 25, 2013 in Freelance Writing, Writing Tips with 2 Comments

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 […]

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10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

Written by on February 3, 2013 in Grammar Tips, Writing Quips & Tips with 44 Comments

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 – […]

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

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

Written by on December 6, 2012 in Publishing Tips, Writing Jobs and Careers with 17 Comments

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. […]

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How Do I Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing?

Written by on September 7, 2012 in Inspiration & Creativity, Writing Tips with 9 Comments

Q: “I recently wrote a first draft of my novel and then an unillustrated children’s book. I have tons of ideas for more than ten novels. These characters and stories speak through me every day and my biggest thing is I make excuses and do not honor my gift and in a way that affects […]

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The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps – From a Writer’s Workshop

The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps – From a Writer’s Workshop

Written by on July 22, 2012 in Fiction Writing, Writing Tips with 7 Comments

These steps to making writing easy are from a writer’s workshop given by Michael Gartner. A reader shared these tips on the writing technique in the comments section of one of my articles; they’re too good to waste away at the end of an article! This post was contributed by Katie, at the end of […]

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