Nov 052014
 
7 Writing Strategies for Beginners

These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies for beginning writers: if your goal is to polish your own writing skills, read How

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Aug 192014
 
How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Becky Levine shares tips for developing your “editor’s eye” and analyzing writing like a

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Sep 182011
 
20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors - From Hemingway to Jong

These quotations about writing will inspire you to write more – they’re from famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Erica Jong, John Updike, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. To kick things off, here’s one my favorite writing quotes from Annie Dillard: “I don’t do housework. Life is too short and I’m too much of a Puritan. If you want to take a year off to write a

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Aug 142011
 
6 Best Writing Tips – Besides “Read Lots” and “Show Don’t Tell”

Just like one man’s trash is another’s treasure, my best writing tips may be your tripe. But can agree we’re tired of writing tips like “show, don’t tell” and “read voraciously”? Here’s a bit ‘o wisdom from a writer who just won the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award (formerly the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award). “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you;

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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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Dec 072010
 
10 Most Common Writing Mistakes, Plus 10 Remedies

You won’t just find the most common writing mistakes here; also included are ten remedies for writers who make the same mistakes over and over! These writing tips are from Vancouver-based writer and publication coach, Daphne Gray-Grant. “Effective writers understand that they are lifelong apprentices,” says Gray-Grant. “They learn by reading – constantly. Note: this is not just passive ‘flip-through-a-thriller-while-sitting-on-the-pool-deck’ kind of reading. This is active ‘sit-up-and-pay-attention-to-technique-dissection’ – similar to what

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Nov 292010
 
Basic Writing Tips - 6 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

Even the most successful writers need to review the basic writing tips occasionally! These six ways to improve your writing skills will keep you grounded and in touch with what really matters (a publishing contract is exciting, but doesn’t really matter. What really matters is that you’re constantly, happily, improving your writing skills!). Before the tips, a quip:  “There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he

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Sep 292010
 
5 Practical Tips for Improving Your Writing Skills

These tips for improving your writing range from slowing down to connecting with your reader. There is a good writer in you somewhere; you need only take the time and do the work to find her! These writing tips are inspired by the recently launched Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing by Betsy Warland. It’s a doozy of a writing book, helpful for both professional and new writers.

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Sep 252010
 
How to Fix Writer's Block and Make Your Writing Sparkle

Knowing how to fix writer’s block is the first way to make your writing sparkle! These writing tips are inspired by writer’s coach and author Daphne Gray-Grant. Are you ready to claw your way back to smooth, happy writing? Before the tips, a quip: “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela. The unfortunate thing about good writing is that it takes hard work! And if you’re struggling

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Aug 102010
 
10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers

These book writing tips are from published book authors, freelance copywriters, and bloggers. Fellow scribes, don’t yawn because you’ve heard these tips before! Instead, I challenge you to actually apply each tip when you’re writing your book. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some

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