The Ideal Schedule to Become a More Productive Writer

The Productive Writer

I assume it was a typo. It should have been “The early bird gets the word.” Why? Because writers who want to be more productive need to start getting up earlier.

Now, before the night owls start hooting at me, let me make my case—a very unscientific and highly personal one.

Why You Should Write With All the Senses… Except Sight

The smell of incense is thick and heady, mingling with the hours-old scent of burnt toast. Outside, it’s quiet except for the shrill yap of a dog or the rogue shriek of a child’s laugh. Inside, it’s cold – numb fingers tapping away at smooth, overused keys. The aftertaste of coffee lingers in my mouth, simultaneously bitter and sweet.

What did you notice about this paragraph?

The Secret to Having the Most Productive Writing Year Ever

most productive writing year ever

Why are some writers five, ten, or twenty times more productive than everyone else? Like superhumans, they somehow juggle the chainsaws of everyday life, yet still manage to consistently finish book after book while others struggle.

10 Steps to Express Yourself Better in Writing

How to express yourself in your writing

Good writers can express themselves thoughts. But with so much flowing through the chambers of the mind, it is not easy to concisely find just the right words to express and idea or emotion, or to narrate action.

What phrases convey to the reader exactly what the writer is thinking? How do you express yourself while keeping your reader following a logical description, dialogue or argument?

How to Use Google Images to Make Your Writing More Vivid

google images for writers

Creative as we might be, sometimes our imaginations dry up.

Our scene might happen in a coffee shop, but the coffee shop in our heads is ghostly. In it, people don’t talk, don’t move, don’t even have faces!

And that, well, is creepy.

How to Cultivate the Courage to Publish Your Writing

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Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
—Maya Angelou
In his book, 10 Steps to Becoming a Writer, Joe Bunting that the first step to is to publish your work.
I agree with him, but often our emotional experiences can block us from publishing. When we approach publishing, we often experience doubt, fear, insecurity and all the other difficult feelings that come with opening ourselves up to feedback from others.

The 5 Steps to Become A Full-Time Writer

Become Full-time Writer

In mid-2014, I quit my job as an accountant and became a full-time writer. Sounds like a dream right?

Why You Should Start Your Story with the End

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This guest post is by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta. Elisabeth teaches writing for Harvard Extension School, is the founder of Poetry for Strangers, and the author of two books, The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers and The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell. You can find her at Listening to my nearly four-year-old daughter tell a story […]

7 Questions that Will Transform Your Writing in the New Year

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One of the single most powerful things you can do to improve your writing in the New Year has nothing to do with writing itself.

Below are seven key questions to help you on your way.

This Playwright Explains How to Write Great Dialogue

playwright dialogue

This guest post is by Maggie Sulc. Maggie is a playwright, dramaturg (I had to look that one up), and screenwriter from Texas, Tennessee, and, most recently, Toronto. You can follow her on her blog, Gladlybeyondaustinausten, and on Twitter (@austinausten). You’ve hit that point in the writing process. You’ve had that story or poem germinating […]