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 252011
 
Lost the Ability to Write? How Writers Find Their Grooves

If you’re sick of being a “wannabee” writer and tired of wondering where your writing ability went, check out these tips for getting your groove back. They’re inspired by a reader who is both sick and tired… “I have wanted to write ever since I can remember, and I used to write an awful lot as a teenager,” says Danielle on I Want to Be a Writer! Where Do I

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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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Jul 062011
 
How to Increase Writing Confidence - Grow the Skin of a Rhino

What’s so great about the skin of a rhino? Toughness! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. Before the tips, a quip: “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” ~

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Mar 242011
 
Expressive Writing - 5 Ways to Write With Emotion and Hook Readers

For writers, expressive writing helps hook readers and keep them reading! These ways to write with emotion will help you get in touch with who you really are and what you really think. And that, fellow scribes, will make you a successful writer. Before the tips, a quip: “Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” ~ Gail Sheehy. Writing about your feelings when you’re not used to it is about

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Mar 182011
 
Creative Writing Prompts for Writers - Make Your Words Flow

Writer’s block is deadly – but fear not! These creative writing prompts for writers won’t just make your words flow, they’ll fire up your creative juices. Before the tips, a quip: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” ~ Carl Jung. Fiction writers in particular need lots of

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Mar 062011
 
5 Traits of Top Writers - What Makes Good Writers Good?

What are the traits of top writers? What makes good writers good – how and why do they rise to the top? The following traits are only one piece of the puzzle — but they’re an important piece. Before the tips, a quip: “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Anne Lamott — a top writer — in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. “Write

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Jan 062011
 
Nonfiction and Fiction Writing Tips - Keep Readers Hooked!

These nonfiction and fiction writing tips will keep your readers hooked; they apply to fiction books or nonfiction magazine articles, creative writing or technical business reports, blog posts or tweets… And it’s all because of a Quips and Tips reader’s question: “I like the tip about the teaser,” says Marla on 6 Query Letter Tips – How to Find a Literary Agent. “Do you have an example of a teaser

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Dec 172010
 
Writer’s Style Vs Good Writing – Examples of Style and Substance

Knowing the difference between a writer’s style versus good writing is part of being a successful writer, no? These examples of style and substance are inspired by my experience editing bloggers on Quips and Tips From the Working World. Before the tips, a quip: “What’s important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory

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Dec 032010
 
Examples of Good Writing - How Professional Writers Write

These examples of good writing are from a collection of essays from professional writers. The best way to improve your writing skills is to learn how published writers write is to study good writing. Here’s what one editor says about good writing: “During the decades that I served as an editor and publisher, what drew my attention to a piece of work more than any other factor was the use of

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