how to write a great lead


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 page of my copy is […]

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How to creative Write Creatively

A Writer’s Quest – How to Write Creatively

These tips on how to write creatively are inspired by my recent meeting of CWEST (pronounced “Quest” and representing “Creative Women Expressing Soul Together”). CWEST is a group I started a couple months ago – and I daresay it’s the most interesting group I’ve ever created! We discussed The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner […]


5 Tips for Writing About a Boring Topic

Sad, but true: writers have to know how to write about boring topics because we’re not all lucky enough to write about what we love. Whether you’re writing an essay about dirt or a dull report about due diligence, these tips will help you engage in what you’re writing. These five tips are from guest writer Sarah Danielson, who says, “Dull […]

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How to Write Way Better Sentences

5 Ways to Write Way Better Sentences and Paragraphs

It’s an upward spiral: knowing how to write better sentences will help you write better paragraphs. This will help you write better chapters and stories, magazine articles and blog posts. See? Simple! To paraphrase Shakespeare, “the sentence is the thing.” That’s where you start learning how to be a better writher. The sentence is the foundation of spellbinding writing – […]


5 Signs of Bad Writing You Should Never Ignore

It’s easy to see problems and mistakes in another writer’s work, but spotting your own “bad writing” (mistakes and weaknesses) is a whole different story. These signs of bad writing will help you improve your written words. If don’t know how to edit your work, read Fix Your Damn Book! How to Painlessly Edit Your Novels & Stories by James Osiris […]

Signs of Bad Writing

Writing Effective Titles

How to Write Effective Titles for Magazine Articles

Before you can capture readers with your words and voice, you must write an effective title! Whether you’re writing magazine articles, blog posts, school essays, or a book – your best title makes readers drool with anticipation. In this guest post, Sara shares three ways to write effective titles for articles, blog posts, essays or any type of writing, really. To delve even further into the craft of writing […]


A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers

In this guest post, novelist William Meikle offers tips on writing leads (“killer opening lines”) – and keeping your readers hooked. But first, I have to share a quip from Annie Dillard on how to be a successful writer: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, […]


7 Ways to Write Effective Leads or Introductions to Hook Readers

These ways to write effective leads or introductions that hook readers are from a variety of editors, writers, and creative gurus. I’ve also included several examples of their writing tips in action. First, some good news from a professional writer: “Editors need freelancers,” writes Thomas Williams in Get Paid to Write: The No-Nonsense Guide to Freelance Writing. “They depend on them. The freelancers they […]