How Did You Do With The Challenge?

The 31-day Better Writing Habits challenge has come to an end. So… how’d you do? Did you keep up? Did you manage to overcome some of the nasty habits that were holding you back? We’d love to hear your feedback, so please share in the comments below: 1) How the challenge worked (or didn’t work) […]

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5 Strategies to Banish Writing Distractions for Good

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One of the biggest complaints I hear from writers is about the difficulty of distractions. Twitter. Facebook. Google Reader. These social media outlets are highly tempting to the average writer, not to mention the everyday interruptions of a career, housework, and television. Are there strategies we can use to help keep us on track during […]

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15 Ways to Reward Yourself For Writing

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Let’s face it–When you know you’re getting a reward for doing something, it can definitely motivate you to do it. That’s why rewarding yourself for writing really works. When you know all you have to do is write 500 words before you can collect your reward (whatever it might be), that will motivate you to […]

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How to Promote Your Writing on the Web

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Once upon a time, writers were writers and marketers were marketers. Today, things are very different: like it or not, writers of both fiction and non-fiction are called upon to market themselves and their work. Whether you’re pounding out the next bestseller or building a freelance portfolio, you need a multifaceted approach to self-promotion. Fortunately, […]

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Toxic Language and How It Hinders Your Writing

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There is an icky, creepy bug that may be surrounding your daily life, seeping into everything you do. Without you even realizing it. That bug is toxic language. And once it gets a hold of you, it slowly begins to destroy, attacking your confidence, your outlook and your writing. What Is Toxic Language? Toxic language […]

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How to Get Your Readers to Keep Reading

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Sometimes you see an article or blog post that grabs you and holds you by the throat. Other times you pass them by with very little interest at all. What’s the difference between a hit and a flop? It doesn’t matter how brilliant or thoughtful your work is if your readers aren’t interested in sticking […]

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Feedback: Where to Get It, How to Use It

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If you want to become a better writer, there’s one thing that will always help you no matter what: getting feedback. Feedback allows you to learn what you’re doing right and what you need to work on. In fact, the right kind of feedback can help you make your writing better than you ever thought […]

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9 Editing Tips that Make Your Writing Sparkle

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It’s often said that writing is rewriting. Banging out a quick first draft can be fun, but the real grunt work comes in revising your work. Here are nine editing tips that can help you polish your writing until it sparkles: 1. Read aloud When you become too familiar with a piece of writing, suddenly […]

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Writing Life CPR: 3 Tricks For Balancing Your Writing And Everything Else

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Being a writer can be a tough job. Not only do you have to sit down and figure out how to put words on the page, you also have to figure out how to do that and still maintain your family life and personal life and work life, etc. But there are ways to balance […]

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6 Tips to Keep Yourself and Your Writing in Shape

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Have you ever sat at your computer for so long, your feet fell asleep? How about back strain? Hand cramps? Tired eyes? We writers work so hard on maintaining healthy writing, sometimes we forget about the importance of keeping ourselves in shape. Certainly, a healthy lifestyle and strong body aren’t requirements for good writing, but […]

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