Practical Tips

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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Weekend Warrior: How To Get The Most Writing Out Of Your Weekend

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If you’re a writer who works during the week, then weekends are most likely your best time to get some writing done. But a lot of times you’re so busy the weekends fly by and you don’t have any words on paper to show for it. By learning how to be a weekend warrior, you […]

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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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You Don’t Have To Be A Best-Selling Author To Make Writing A Priority

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Lemme ask you a question. And be honest. Is writing a priority for you? Do you make time for writing? Is it important to you? (I guess I really had three questions.) Writing is one of those things–you’re either committed to it or you’re not. But if you’re not and you don’t know why, now’s […]

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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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