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How to End an Article With a Pow – Not a Fizzle 9

Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession. […]

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The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent 1

Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark. I first met literary agent Janet Reid at the Surrey International Writers Conference, way back when we were dodging […]

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Need Motivation to Write? How to Stop Procrastinating 3

“Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” Here’s how to stop procrastinating and start writing words that matter – even if you don’t have a needle yet. “I am working on a thesis in, ironically, how to analyze a Shakespearean sonnet,” said Evan in response to Overcoming Procrastination for Writers. “The irony is that I’m writing about the most famous […]

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

How to Get Your Magazine Article Published in a Niche Market 1

These five things you need to know about getting your magazine article published will help you break into the niche market of your dreams. I’m featuring an awesome new book on how to get published – it’s called Selling Your Writing to the Boating Magazines and Other Niche Mags by Michael Robertson. First, know this: “People are starving for expertise […]

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How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention 1

When you’re writing for readers easily distracted by the common ground squirrel, you need to know how to write powerful words that grab – and keep – their attention. Your readers’ attention, that is. Not the squirrel’s. I’ve recently been mesmerized by The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Power Words by Scott Snair, PhD. Almost every page of my copy is […]

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7 Essential Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your Book 1

These tips on how to write the first draft of your book range from left to right brain strategies, and will help you start and keep writing. The first tip comes from a reader’s comment on my wicked old post on writing first drafts: “My favorite help (and salvation) for writing the first draft came from Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method,” says Delena […]

How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated 4

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your motivation levels high. If you’re […]

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