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How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published 5

Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think. It’s a classic writer’s conundrum: you can’t sell your articles to magazine editors because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet! I get it. I’ve been there. And I got […]

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

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

8 Time-Tested Personality Traits of the Best Poets and Writers 1

First, the results of a research study about the writing habits of famous writers. Then, the personality traits of the best poets and writers that stand the test of time. Which aren’t based on research. Here’s what a reader asked about the personality traits of successful writers: “Is it possible to learn to become a top writer or it is something […]

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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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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 […]

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Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters 4

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… If you really want to bring your characters alive, read Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints. It’ll help you […]

How to Love Your Characters

Write More Creatively by Dodging These Creativity Killers 12

Fellow scribes, if you want to write more creatively, you have to stop killing your creativity. These tips will help you find and flex the creativity muscle that will take your writing from good to grrreaat! “Why is ‘How to Kill Your Creativity’ a great title for an article?” asks Vancouver-based publication coach and freelance writer Daphne Gray-Grant. “Because ‘kill’ […]

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