Was Shakespeare born with a writing quill in one hand and an inkwell in the other? Nope. He had to learn writing strategies. He started out as a beginner, an unpublished writer who needed to learn how to write. How did Shakespeare learn to write… Read More »7 Storywriting Strategies for Beginning Fiction Writers
The short answer is that you can’t write a truthful memoir without hurting your relatives. But, you might be able to find ways to write your life story and still be able to go to family reunions without being stoned. If you do find those… Read More »How Do You Write Your Memoirs Without Hurting Your Family?
What is the most famous writing quote of all time? You get to decide! Here are the best quotes about writing and creativity from famous authors such as Truman Capote, Margaret Atwood, Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Stephen King, and Doris Lessing. “I have the heart… Read More »The Best Writing Quotes From Capote, King, Lamott, Orwell and More
“As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract,” says freelance writer Deanna Proach. “When it happened to me, I no longer wanted to work with the publisher.” In this guest post, Deanna shares what happened after she signed a… Read More »What to Do When the Publisher Cancels Your Book Contract
If you think natural talent – the ability to write well – is a personality trait of a successful writer, you’d be wrong. “Talent is cheaper than table salt,” says bestselling author and writing teacher Stephen King.
If you thought revising your own writing was hard, try editing someone else’s words! Critiquing another writer’s chapter or manuscript is my least favorite writing job. Back when I was hiring bloggers to write posts for my Quips and Tips blogs, I was forced to… Read More »The Most Helpful Ways to Edit Someone’s Writing
Revising and editing your work is more important than the original writing itself. Learning how to edit and revise your own writing might be painful, but it’s necessary if you want to get published! These tips apply to all types of writing: magazine feature articles, short stories,… Read More »How to Revise and Edit for Publication
Did I tell you about the time MSN.com sent me an article assignment without me pitching a query letter? O happy day! The editor also sent me these tips for editing magazine articles before submitting it for publication. No matter what magazine or website you… Read More »19 Editing Tips From a Senior Editor at MSN.com