Writing Quips & Tips

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 – […]

Continue Reading

5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn the secrets of great writing, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s writing secrets, via the Publication Coach. ”Almost 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, theatres still regularly perform his plays,” says Vancouver-based writer Daphne Gray-Grant. “Children study his work in […]

Continue Reading

Not Writing Enough? 5 Tips for Disorganized, Distracted Writers

Not Writing Enough? 5 Tips for Disorganized, Distracted Writers

If you’re not writing enough, do yourself a favor. Put just one of these tips for disorganized, distracted writers into action – and watch your productivity skyrocket! “The hardest part of writing is starting, especially if the project is daunting,” says freelance copywriter Brenda Ebel Kruse, author of John Deere Collectibles. “I often feel overwhelmed […]

Continue Reading

Writing for Quips and Tips – Perks and Procedures

Writing for Quips and Tips – Perks and Procedures

Written by on June 20, 2011 in Blogs and Websites, Writing Quips & Tips with 10 Comments

Want to write for “Quips and Tips”, get online exposure, and practice your SEO skills? Sure you do! Here are the perks and procedures for writing for Quips and Tips. First, here’s why guest posting is so good: “The whole idea of guest blogging or guest posting is to get high-value backlinks pointing to your […]

Continue Reading

Margaret Atwood on Writers’ Childhoods and Getting Published

Written by on June 13, 2011 in Inspiration & Creativity, Writing Quips & Tips with 2 Comments

How do writers’ childhoods affect writing and getting published? What is the writing process? Here are bestselling author Margaret Atwood’s writing quotations and advice, from Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing. “All writers must go from now to once a upon a time; all must go from here to there; all must descend to […]

Continue Reading

How J.K. Rowling Followed Her Heart to Fame and Fortune

How J.K. Rowling Followed Her Heart to Fame and Fortune

Learning how J.K. Rowling followed her heart to fame and fortune will motivate and inspire you to write, fellow scribes! J.K. Rowling’s goal was to write what she loved…and now she makes millions of bucks as a published author. “It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our […]

Continue Reading

How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish

How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish

Written by on April 9, 2011 in Writing Jobs and Careers, Writing Quips & Tips with 13 Comments

Finding article ideas that editors will actually pay to publish is the hardest part of freelance writing! I already knew this as a writer – but I’m seeing the problem in a whole new way as an editor. About 90% of the Quips and Tips article ideas I’m pitched are not fresh, specific, tightly focused, creative, or […]

Continue Reading

Examples of Good Writing – How Professional Writers Write

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 […]

Continue Reading

How Do I Write a Book? Fiction Writing Tips From a Bestselling Author

How Do I Write a Book? Fiction Writing Tips From a Bestselling Author

Asking “How do I write a book?” is the first step to getting published! These fiction writing tips are from bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford. She’s written dozens of books, and her advice applies to writers of all genres — including freelance writers, bloggers, and web writers. Here’s what Bradford says about getting published: “Basic writing ability is […]

Continue Reading

Top