Non-Fiction Writing


7 Tips for Starting a Writers’ Group – Writing Alone, Together

Of course you should start a writer’s group – what are you waiting for?! A writers’ group can increase your productivity, inspire you to write more, and motivate you to send your writing to literary agents, magazine editors, and book publishers. When I mentioned my writing group on Twitter, and received several “I wish I […]

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7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author […]


How to Write a Good Ending to Your Article or Essay

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 […]

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

Need Motivation to Write? How to Stop Procrastinating

“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 […]


How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention

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 […]

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How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

7 Essential Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your Book

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 […]


How to Become a Photojournalist

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 […]

How to Become a Photojournalist

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How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and […]


10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive […]

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8 Tips for Writing Your Life Story

The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five are from Writing the Memoir, and the rest are from my research on writing autobiographies, memoirs, and life stories. For a step-by-step guide on writing the story of your life, read Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith […]


Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be […]


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How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

Speech recognition software is one of the best ways to become a more productive and successful writer; these writing tips will get the most from this tool. This post was dictated using Dragon Naturally Speaking, and was contributed by guest writer Sharon Hurley Hall. She is not an affiliate for Dragon Speech Recognition Software, and isn’t […]