How to Motivate Yourself to Write: Write That Book Now!

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There are times when all the ideas are there, you have yourself some time, but you just can’t write. You are in the abyss. There’s a black hole in your head? And you’re asking yourself, how can I motivate myself to pick up that pen or keyboard and write a word or two? But do … Read more

Common Grammar Mistakes (And 5 Tips to Avoid Them)

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Most common grammar mistakes might be small, but their impact is usually huge. It’s a matter of perception; what impression of you do the readers have after reading your mistake-ridden writing. Do they think you’re uneducated? Someone who doesn’t pay attention to detail? A lazy writer who doesn’t respect the power of research? Likely. That … Read more

Why is Grammar Important in Writing: Plus Our Top 3 Reasons

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We live in interesting times. Times that would make Shakespeare turn in his grave. Social media and its communication tools have turned modern generations into grammar renegades. Who would have predicted that emojis would disturb the order of adjectives at will?  That you would let people get away with calamitous grammatical and spelling errors for … Read more

What Is the Snowflake Writing Method?

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Writing a novel is hard. No doubt. You might start writing a novel on your son’s first birthday and still be stuck on that desk long after your son’s junior high graduation, writing the same draft from years ago. For such an intricate and painstaking task, you cannot skip the planning process. For you to … Read more

How Many Hours a Day Should a Writer Write?

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Writing daily is—more often than not—something easier said than done. But, if you put your mind to it, you can consistently push your word count every day. One of the boggling questions that plague newbie writers (a good number of published ones too) is how many hours a day should a writer write? If I’m … Read more

List of Interesting Places to Write That Evoke Inspiration

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Do you prefer writing in your pajamas for days in a row, with your unkempt hair and a mouth that gets the caress of a toothbrush at irregular intervals? Or you want to get out and write as you experience a cool refreshing breeze in the park? When you’re a writer, especially a freelance writer, … Read more

Do Writers Type or Write by Hand? Creative Benefits of Each

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In my writer circles, the question “Do writers type or write by hand” gets asked a lot. There are little bells attached to both methods, you have to choose which method makes the less annoying noise for you. Research seems to indicate that writing using longhand allows you to retain more of the written material … Read more

What Is a Novella and What Makes Them Different?

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What is a novella? I don’t think anyone can give a clear-cut answer to that, but to economically and objectively put it, it’s the type of prose that lies between a full-sized novel and a novelette. It’s more complex than a novelette but lacking the depth of a novel. And in the words of the … Read more

How Long Is a Short Story? What’s the Perfect Length?

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Obviously, a short story is the shortest form of prose. But how long or short is a short story? This isn’t an easy question—of course we know that a short story is typically a ‘short’ piece, but so is a novelette. What’s the unique and appropriate scope (word count and brevity) for a short story. … Read more

How to Write Faster: 23 Tips to Speed Up Your Writing Output

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As a writer, you already know the essence of learning how to write faster and putting out more writing work. You hear other writers talk about, “I average 7k words per day” or “my weekly output is roughly 20k”. But your fiction has been lingering around chapter one for months… What are you doing wrong?  … Read more