Jan 082015
Why You Can’t Write - 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay motivated to keep writing. One cause of writer’s block is perfectionism. “[A writer who is a perfectionist] expects her first drafts to be polished and well organized – in other words, like other people’s final drafts,”

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Jan 032015
How to Know What to Write About

It’s the bane of every writer or blogger’s existence: what do I write about? These four tips for finding inspiration as a writer are inspired by a parable about salt and light. It’s a Jesus parable, but you don’t have to be a believer to be encouraged. If you want to make writing part of your daily life because you’re serious about being a writer (as opposed to searching for

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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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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? It’s tough as Teflon! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. If you lack confidence, work your way through The Confident Writer. It’ll change how you write and how you see your writing career. It may even increase your chances of getting published…or at least finishing your

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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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