How to Write

July 9, 2017
be an author

Do This, Be An Author — Simple Magic for Writers

I’m sharing my incredible secret after a writer friend told me she couldn’t figure out how I’d gotten to be an author so quickly (I’ve just […]
June 25, 2017
how to start a novel

How to Start a Novel: Literally

When I discuss how to start a novel in this post, I’m not talking about serving up namby-pamby inspirational go-juice or a step-by-step tool-heavy walkthrough. I’m talking […]
June 19, 2017
under deadline

Under Deadline: An Author in 3 Months

Most writers know the feeling of being under deadline. In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King advises writers to set deadlines for themselves. […]
June 12, 2017
character traits

Character Traits: First Steps to Authentic Voice in Your Writing

Character traits are used to describe how characters act in a given situation and illustrate the type of person they are for your reader. Writing characters with a strong, […]
June 12, 2017
character development

Why Character Development is Your Superpower

You may be surprised to know that you were born with a superpower: character development. I can see you rolling your eyes already — stop it! […]
April 17, 2017
try to get published

How Trying to Get Published is Keeping You From Writing Success

Besides being cute and cuddly in an uncoventional way, Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order, has words of wisdom for everyone, even us writers. Famously, […]
April 4, 2017
learning to edit

Learning to Edit: Simple Guidelines for Better Writing

Learning to edit your own work is one of the most important things you can do for your writing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s recommended to always […]
March 27, 2017
strong vocabulary

4 Ways to Develop Strong Vocabulary: A Writer's Guide

When writers lack strong vocabulary skills, they miss opportunities to create compelling writing that pulls readers into their story and keeps them there. Do your word skills need […]
March 19, 2017
dumbing down

The Dumbing Down of Literature

Dumbing down is the deliberate oversimplification of intellectual content within education, literature, cinema, news, video games and culture in order to relate to those unable to assimilate more sophisticated information. The phenomenon has plagued the literary community for decades, and […]
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