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What Do You Think About Grammar?

What Do You Think About Grammar

Grammar is one of those funny things that everyone needs to know but that not everyone agrees on.

Should You Sign Up for a Writing Class?

Should You Sign Up for a Writing Class_

About every six months or so, I check out the courses being offered at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. While I don’t always sign up, I almost always find one that addresses my writing needs at the moment.

3 Inspiring Quotes to Get You Writing

3 Inspiring Quotes to Get You Writing

I love quotes. I love short one or two sentence snippets that give me that itch to sit down and type something great. Going through Pinterest boards full of creative pictures paired with that quote can give me the boost I need to get on with my day and make something. But there are three in particular I always go back to when I’m feeling stuck.

7 Simple Hacks to Get Writing When You Just Can’t

7 Simple Hacks to Get Writing When You Just Can't

“How do you write so much?” asked one young writer. “I struggle so hard to write for even just a few minutes everyday!”

Needless to say, there are days I really just can’t write, but I have to. So, I’ve developed a few hacks of how to do it when I just can’t.

Doodle Your Way Out Of Writer’s Block

Doodle Your Way Out of Writer's Block

When you can’t think of what to write, step away from your computer, and doodle. Yes, step away, and doodle. You heard me correctly. (Said in a kind gentle way.) Now, grab a pencil and a piece of paper, and start to doodle your way out of writer’s block.

Don’t Make These 4 Common Short Story Mistakes

Don't Make These 4 Common Short Story Mistakes

Short stories are a great way to hone your craft and snag bylines from literary magazines (and hey, they’re also a ton of fun to write). Even better, they can help you build your readership—assuming they’re written well.

But alas, as the editor of a short story website, I see a number of common mistakes over and over again, even from authors with great fundamentals. Worse than just errors in craft, these mistakes betray readers’ trust and investment in your story.

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?

How to Get a Literary Agent (When You’re a Newbie)

How to Get a Literary Agent (When You're a Newbie)

Most everyone seeking traditional publication would love a well-known literary agent. Someone big, who can get you a huge advance on your book(s) and negotiate an iron-clad contract in your best interest.

However, I learned a valuable lesson from my own experience. When querying agents, keep in mind…

4 Essential Tips On Writing Young Adult Fiction

4 Essential Tips On Writing Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult fiction, or YA, is one of the most vibrant, fun, emotionally engaging genres out there.

Young Adult explores topics many genres won’t touch; it joins on the journey of personal growth and Bildungsroman (read: “coming of age”) that we all struggle through. It doesn’t hurt that it also sells like hotcakes, movie deals included.

Do you want to write Young Adult fiction? Well, there is no magic formula, but that’s the bad news. The good news is I’m going to share four effective tips on writing Young Adult fiction to make your story more successful and relatable.

Is It Okay To End A Sentence With A Preposition?

What is a preposition?

Occasionally, we grammar enthusiasts need to take a step back and lighten up a little bit. While there are some grammar rules that are hard and fast (I’m looking at you, comma splice), sometimes there is wiggle room. One of those wiggly rules is the assumption that sentences shouldn’t end in prepositions. Well, guess what? I’m here to liberate your pens and tell you that it’s okay for your protagonist to ask her cheating boyfriend who he was just with.

Quick review: What is a preposition? These puppies explain it pretty well.