Writing Tips


4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

Good writing – like a slab of rich dark chocolate – activates all your senses: ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and even your taste buds. Here are four concrete, specific examples of how to use your senses and sensory details when you write. “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the senses,” writes Oakley Hall in […]

4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

How to Overcome Setbacks When You’re Writing a Book s

5 Key Tips for Writers on How to Overcome Setbacks

Setbacks in your writing career are inevitable; giving up as a writer is optional. These tips for overcoming setbacks when you’re writing your book will take you beyond the proposal. It’s time to venture into the wonderland of signing a publishing contract, writing towards a manuscript deadline, and working with editors on your traditionally published book. My first book — […]


How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

As part of my “how to stop feeling sorry for yourself” series of articles, I realized that failing as a writer was one of my biggest sources of self-pity. And if I feel like a failure as a writer, I suspect there are other writers who feel the same way. Here are a few tips on how to stop feeling […]

How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

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11 Popular Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish

Here are the 11 most popular types of articles in magazines – both online and print publications. I also included descriptions of roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest, and “how to” articles. If you’re an aspiring freelance writer, this list of the different types of magazine articles will help you write big, bold, and beautiful. And maybe even get published! But […]


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

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

Dealing With Discouragement After a Writer’s Conference

4 Tips for Dealing With Discouragement After a Writing Conference

You’re completely normal if you feel discouraged, disappointed, and even depressed after a writing conference! Writing a book and getting published is a long, difficult process — not to mention the hurdles of getting a literary agent, writing a solid book proposal, and even writing your entire novel if you’re a fiction writer. These seven tips for dealing with discouragement […]


Before You Search for Online Writing Jobs – Help for ESL Writers

These tips on how to find online writing jobs are specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) writers. I wrote this article for a reader who asked if she could write a guest post for my blog… “Hi, I am really proud to have visited your website,” says PS on How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article […]

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How to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

10 Ways to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

I quickly learned how to be a faster and better writer with Dragon Naturally Speaking; my only regret is I waited so long to use speech recognition software in my work. I was introduced to Dragon Naturally Speaking more than five years ago but I hesitated to invest in it because I didn’t think it would work for me. Boy, was I […]