7 Playful Techniques to Shatter Your Writer’s Block

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You want to write, but the words don’t come.

You want to write, but you’re utterly blocked.

Writer’s block can occur because you let self-criticism obstruct the easy flow of thoughts from your brain to your writing fingers. It’s akin to hardening of the arteries.

Grammar: Your Secret Writing Weapon

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Looking for a way to achieve an edge that will raise your writing to the top of an agent’s or editor’s inbox? Dreaming that your pitches, cover letters, query letters, and actual prose will stand out and be noticed? Just want to be taken more seriously as a writer?

It’s a lot easier than you think.

4 Writing Tips From a Former Creative Writing Major

4 Writing Tips From a Former Creative Writing Major

For a year and a half, I studied as a creative writing major at a tight-knit private university. I wrote poetry under the guidance of a published poet, learned how to develop a narrative arc, and attended readings by local authors.

Now, I’m a professional freelance writer and English major at a different school. But as I look back on my creative writing studies, I see many mistakes that I made (and that other students made, too).

4 Reactions I Get When I Tell People “I Am a Writer”

4 Reactions I Get When I Tell People “I Am Writer”

“I am a writer.”

In America, where so often our job defines who we are, these four little words can throw a wrench into the gears of polite conversation.

4 Surefire Ways to Bore Your Readers to Death

4 Surefire Ways to Bore Your Readers to Death

Right now, I’m at the point where I’ve just finished writing a long piece of work. I hope it’s good. There’s just one thing about it that’s keeping me up at night, though.

I’m afraid my writing is boring.

This Simple Principle Will Solve Your Show, Don’t Tell Problems

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No doubt you’ve heard the old writing advice, “Show, don’t tell.” But how do you do it, and how do you balance the showing versus the telling?

Today I’m going to share with you a simple strategy for deciding what you should show in your writing and how to approach it.

4 Real-Life Starting Points for Story Ideas

As writers and storytellers our heads are often filled with a number of plotlines, characters, and conversations. But there are still times when we struggle to think of story ideas that get us excited; ideas that sees us racing to grab a pen and paper and jot it down before it slips away.

In these moments it feels like you’ll never have a good story idea ever again, right?

I’ll gladly tell you you’re wrong. You just have to look around to see that you’re surrounded by inspiration everywhere you go.

Are You Writing with a Fear Filter?

Are You Writing with a Fear Filter?

When asked why he wrote horror stories, Stephen King once said that he wrote about the things that scared him the most.

He went on to say, writing horror stories was therapeutic in a way; a method to overcome his own insecurities and phobias.

4 Storytelling Techniques Stolen From TV

4 Storytelling Techniques Stolen from TV

I’ve discovered that no matter what so-called good writers say, if you want to write a good and commercial novel, there’s nothing more important than structure.

Here are four more crucial storytelling techniques I’ve learned from the fast and formulaic world of television.

5 Ways to Change the World with Your Writing

5 Ways to Change the World with Your Writing

Why are we here? I mean, have you really ever thought about it? Not in a passing way, like what you are going to get at the grocery store tonight, but in a deep earth-shattering way?

I have been thinking about it and I have this feeling that we aren’t hapless creations put on the earth to eat, talk, and die. I feel like we were put here for a purpose, to make it better. We are here to change the world.