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3 Quick Tips to Find Writing Inspiration

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Have you ever sat down to write, full to the brim of creative energy, but found that you can’t think of a single idea? In my opinion, it’s one of the most frustrating feelings. Luckily there are ways to get around this. Instead of trying to come up with something totally original, why don’t you use stories that have already been written to your advantage? If you’re ever lacking in inspiration, consider using one of these three tips to easily “steal” an idea.

6 Tips To Avoid and Fix Bad Writing

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Awkward writing is common, and I believe that it’s actually a good sign. Awkward writing means that you are writing and have begun to silence your inner critic.

In writing, the awkward sentences, phrases, and words will come, but after days of editing and many lectures from Joe, I’ve developed a few tips to avoid the bad writing.

7 Steps to Procrastinate Less and Meet Your Writing Deadlines

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As a writer, who wants to be taken seriously, it is important to always meet your deadlines. Always, always, always deliver your articles on time. Don’t be late, ever. Here are seven steps to help you procrastinate less and meet your writing deadline, counting down from seven.

7 Quotes from African American Writers for MLK Day

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Words. As writers, we pound them out by the minute, fuss over every adjective, and worry over every comma. In fact we go through so many of them that they sometimes begin to feel meaningless. But if there was ever a person to remind us of how incredibly powerful words can be, Martin Luther King, Jr., is it.

How to Choose the RIGHT Tense for Your Novel

How to choose the right tense for your novel: past tense vs. present tense

One of the first decisions you have to make when you’re writing a novel or short story is which tense to use. There are only two viable options: past tense or present tense.*

Which tense should you choose for your novel?

Run Writer Run: Why Exercise Will Improve Your Writing

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Confession time. How much exercise have you done today? How about yesterday? Over the course of the past week?

And why am I talking about exercise on a website for writers?

Because getting your body up and moving is good for your plotlines.

3 Keys to Regain Your Writing Habits

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You know what has momentum? A train. Those things don’t stop easily, not even when someone applies the brakes. It’s my pleasure to tell you writing is much the same way. Have you ever seen a train start rolling from a complete standstill? (Just in case you haven’t, here’s a video). Yowza. Trains are heavy. […]

Relative Pronouns: How Not to Ruin a Sentence

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Oh, relative pronouns. You crazy, crazy kids. You can cause so much frustration with your misplaced thats, whos, and whichs. Let’s have a chat and sort you all out, shall we?

Let’s say you’re telling a story about Weston, a neurologist with a bionic elbow. When do you use which relative pronoun?

Birthday Writing Prompts

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In honor of this writer’s birthday (and birthday obsession), here are three birthday-inspired writing prompts.

The No-New-Year’s-Resolution Life Plan

The No New Year's Resolutions Life Plan (for Writers)

Did you set any New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Have you broken any of them yet? New Year’s resolutions sometimes get a bad rap, but research backs them up. In fact, you are ten times more likely to achieve your goals if you make resolutions than those who don’t. Even so, only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

Perhaps there’s a better way, a way to reach your goals without feeling like you’re letting yourself down when the scale on your bathroom floor tells you the wrong number or your savings account balance just isn’t as high as you hoped it would be.