May 112013
3 Ways to Increase Your Writing Confidence

If you struggle with doubt and insecurity as a writer, here are a few specific tips for increasing your writing confidence. 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. I increased my confidence in myself as a writer by reading books like The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide

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Feb 032013
10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

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 – among many other things – the Women’s Fashion Editor for an online culture magazine called

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Sep 132011
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 school and we are still moved by the complexity of his stories and the beauty

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Jun 232011
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 by the magnitude of a big project, and tend to put off the simple process

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Jun 202011
Writing for Quips and Tips - Perks and Procedures

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 website,” writes James Martell in Cheat Sheet For Guest Writers. “Google sees backlinks as a

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Jun 132011

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 where the stories are kept; all must take care not to be captured and held

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May 092011
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 abilities.” ~ J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. If you want to succeed

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Apr 092011
How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish

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 unique. This doesn’t mean the writer – or the writing – isn’t clever or sexy.

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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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Oct 212010
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 not enough. A would-be novelist must also observe what I call the five ‘D’s.’” Below,

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