Suzannah Freeman

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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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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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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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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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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Improve Your Writing with Daily Critical Reading

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Sometimes, between writing and all the other responsibilities we have (work, children, home), it seems nearly impossible to find extra time for reading. But, without regular reading, our writing progress will stall. If you want to continue to improve your writing, make reading a part of your daily routine. That might mean giving up watching […]

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Who Are You Writing For? Define Your Audience First

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When you sit down to write something, your first thoughts are probably about the topic. You might ask yourself how you’re going to cover your subject, what angle you’ll take, or how you’ll make your piece exciting. But, once you’ve determined your topic, the very first thing you should consider is your audience–that is, who […]

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Write Anywhere: 21 Different Places to Get Inspired

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Who says you always need to write in the same place? I asked my followers on Twitter to share the places they most love to write. Here’s what some of them said: Sprawled on my bed, the floor, or outside in a chair. Always with a laptop. Desks are just not for me [email protected] The […]

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Forget These 7 Things for First Draft Freedom

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We writers are never more counterproductive than when we obsess over the quality of our first drafts. Be it an article, blog post, short story, or novel, the first draft is never meant to stand alone. While it’s tempting to polish as you go along, there are certain aspects of your writing you should forget […]

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10 Writing Tasks You Can Do in 10 Minutes

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Are you stretched to find writing time? Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to justify working on your blog, freelance assignment, or novel? We all sometimes feel time’s not on our sides, but the good news is there are a number of writing (or writing-related) tasks you can accomplish in just […]

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