Nonfiction Writing


How to Decide if You Should Go to School to Become a Writer 2

Do you need an English Literature, journalism, or writing degree if you want to become a writer? It depends. These tips for deciding if you should go to school, college, or university to learn how to write in a formal setting, as well as a few tips about what type of writer’s education you should pursue. I was inspired to write […]

How to Decide if You Should Go to School to Become a Writer

8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer 6

Yes, you can earn more than $5 per article as a writer for print magazines and online websites (those last two words are redundant, I know). Here’s how to succeed in the field of freelance writing, to help you nudge your dreams closer to reality. My inspiration for this article came from a reader who asked a question about article writing for beginner […]

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Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive 2

These writing techniques won’t make your words come alive unless you actually apply them to your writing. That is, you need to edit your work by looking for each technique in your writing. The only way to write better is to rewrite your work. If you’re serious about learning how to write better, read Improve Your Writing Skills: Powerful Techniques for Mastering […]

Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

How to Decide if You Should Major in Journalism

If you want to be a journalist, you might consider becoming a journalism major. A successful writing career doesn’t depend on journalism school – but an education can be helpful! Here’s what to think about when you’re choosing a college major. I’m not convinced you need to go to college and be a journalism major to become a journalist – but you […]


How to Become a Photojournalist 2

These five tips for becoming a photojournalist (or a travel writer, truth be told) are inspired by the parable of the Tiger and Strawberries, and based on an article called “10 Tips for Selling Your Travel Writing.” There is no way any article can teach you everything you need to know about how to become a photojournalist. I recommend Photojournalism: […]

How to Become a Photojournalist

Why You Can’t Write – 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay motivated to keep writing. One cause of writer’s block is perfectionism. “[A writer who is a perfectionist] expects her first drafts to be polished and well […]

Why You Can’t Write Causes of Writer’s Block

5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank 9

Even the most successful writers have minds that go blank occasionally. These writing tips will help you overcome the paralysis that stops you from getting your words on paper. Writing when you feel like you have nothing to say is about training your mind to think like a writer. What does this mean? I don’t know, but author Sage Cohen does. She […]

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