Why Should Anyone Read Your Story?

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If you’re like many talented writers, your story might not be very interesting. In fact, it might be pretty boring. Too often, writers get caught up trying to express themselves and forget their audience. The best stories aren’t about how the author feels. The best stories are about how the reader feels

4 Lies Writers Believe

4 Lies Writers Believe

I’ve been teaching and coaching writers for four years through the Write Practice. I did the math recently and realized that in the last twelve months, we’ve helped over 2.5 million people become better writers.

As a writer and ghostwriter of four books myself, I’ve learned that there are a few common lies that writers tell themselves.

Get Ready for NaNoWriMo—Right Now!

Get Ready for NaNoWriMo—Right Now!

November is National Novel Writing Month, when thousands of people try to complete a novel in 30 days… or at least 50,000 words of one.

Even though the finished product will probably need a lot of editing and rewriting later, it’s a great way to blast through writer’s block, shut up your inner critic, and connect with other writers who are just as crazy as you are.

It’s two days away. What if you want to do it, but you don’t have an idea? Maybe I can help. We’ll see!

10 Tips to Write an Essay and Actually Enjoy It

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Writing an essay may not be easy. It may not come to you naturally. After all, writing is a skill, and skills take practice, whether it’s playing a sport, performing an instrument, or playing video games.

But writing an essay can be fun, if you have the right attitude.

With that in mind, here’s an infographic with ten tips to write an essay without hating every moment of the process.

Why You Can’t Finish Writing Your Book

Why You Can't Finish Writing Your Book

In a poll we conducted, seventy-two percent of people told us they struggle finishing the writing projects projects they start.

Why is it so hard to finish writing a book? And how can you be among the few who actually do finish?

3 Ways to NOT Fail at NaNoWriMo

3 Ways to NOT Fail at NaNoWriMo

It’s almost time for that annual, month-long festival for writers, NaNoWriMo. Are you going to subject yourself to the excitement and stress of writing a book at least 50,000 words long in a single month?

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, you may feel a bit nervous about whether you’re going to be able to finish. Honestly, you should be nervous.

Here’s the truth: almost ninety percent of people who start NaNoWriMo don’t finish.

How do you make sure that you don’t fail?

Point of View in Writing

Point of View in Writing

As an editor, point of view problems are among the top mistakes I see inexperienced writers make, and they instantly erode credibility and reader trust.

However, point of view is simple to master if you use common sense.

This post will define point of view, go over each of the major POVs, explain a few of the POV rules, and then point out the major pitfalls writers make when dealing with that point of view.

5 Hacks to Create a Good Writing Habit

5 Hacks to Create a Good Writing Habit

One would-be writer asked me recently, “How do you stick with your writing plans for more than a week?” It’s a great question, and one that I asked myself for about a decade as I slowly made my way from wannabe writer to full-time writer.

How do you write consistently? Even when you’re busy? Even when you lose your motivation to write?

This Simple Writing Habit Changed My Life

This Simple Writing Habit Changed My Life

I’m often asked,”How did you become a writer? Did you always dream about being a writer as a kid? How did you actually make it happen?”

If you’ve ever wanted to become a writer, today I want to share my personal experience of becoming a writer. I especially want to explore the writing habits I had to develop to become a professional writer. The most important habit required of a writer might surprise you.

Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?


If you want to get published, you need to be aware that major New York publishers are looking for a specific word count, depending on your genre.

How many words are in a novel? Or at least one in which publishers might be interested? In this post, we’re going to explain word count and how it affects your chances of publishing success.