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.
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Dull content can be the kiss of death – even for writers who love to write! Whether you’re a student writing about a boring topic for school or a freelance writer researching the history of the typewriter (yawn), you won’t write well if you’re bored.… Read More »How to Stay Motivated to Keep Writing
“Make your writing more edgy and quirky,” said a literary agent after reading my See Jane Soar book proposal. “Editors and publishers want edgy, quirky writing.” Back then I had no idea what that meant – but now I do. These tips on how to… Read More »10 Easy Ways Make Your Writing Edgy and Quirky
Here’s why we need to stop doubting ourselves as writers: Self-doubt brings fear of failure, decreased motivation, and increased anxiety. Doubt also increases general mistrust, which feels real but has no reason. Self-doubt creates worry, nervous disorders, and even paranoia. If you doubt yourself as… Read More »How to Stop Doubting Yourself as a Writer
What makes writing good? Who gets to judge what “good writing” is? What can we learn from examples of good writing from successful writers? Let’s look at a few short excerpts from professional authors and find out.
Deep down…or maybe even right at the surface where everyone can see…you wish you were a writer. A real writer. But how do you overcome those feelings of not being good enough? Good news! I have three tips to help you overcome those “I’m not good enough to be a writer” demons.
Asking for feedback on your writing is hard for most writers. Getting feedback on your memoir — the most personal form of writing — can be downright painful! How do you ask for and receive feedback on your personal life story? These tips will help you accept both criticism and praise with equal amounts of grace.
Unless you’re famous or somehow remarkable, your sample chapters are the only chance you have to get your book published. Therefore you must submit the best example of your writing that you can — even if it requires writing, editing, revising, and even throwing out everything you wrote only to start fresh.