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Writing Priorities: Forget Balance in Your Writing and Do This One Thing Instead

Writing Priorities: Forget Balance in Your Writing and Do This One Thing Instead

Three different people have asked me in the last month about how to balance their writing, work, family, and life. Step 1: ask someone who actually knows. I’m too busy coordinating home repairs while my spouse travels for work. New water heater this week. Broken window replaced last week.

But I realized dealing with a broken water heater is actually a perfect example of how to manage multiple areas of your life while you keep writing. Hint: it has nothing to do with balance.

One Secret Therapists Know That Will Transform Your Character Development

One Secret Therapists Know That Will Transform Your Character Development

Have you ever known someone who just made you feel crazy? Like the normal rules of conversation—and especially conflict—don’t apply? Or have the characters in your stories ever felt that way, surrounded by drama they don’t know how to navigate?

Statistically speaking, 16% of people have a personality disorder. But what is a personality disorder? And how can you improve your character development by learning about them?

How to Practice Writing Fiction: 5 Core Skills to Improve Your Writing

How to Practice Writing Fiction: 5 Core Skills to Improve Your Writing

Have you ever been told by some well-meaning soul that writing can’t be taught? Have you heard that the ability to create beautiful sentences and convey a heart-wrenching story is inborn, and you either have it or you don’t?

The Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges said, “Art is fire plus algebra.” That flame blazes in all of us, and can be fanned by passion and dedication. What’s more, we can apply the algebra through deliberate study and practice.

I believe writing can absolutely be taught and learned. Here’s how.

Best Black Friday 2019: Book Writing Deals

Best Black Friday 2019: Book Writing Deals

I woke up this morning to a deluge of emails about Black Friday offers, which I inevitably greet first with suspicion and cynicism, then vague interest, then a growing realization that, hey, some of these are actually really good deals! 

At The Write Practice, we have long been tracking the best tools for writers and writing software. The cool thing is that today a lot of those tools are steeply discounted. Here are some of the deals I spotted today.

The Write Practice Pro Review: Does this Online Writing Workshop Actually Work?

The Write Practice Pro Review: Does this Online Writing Workshop Actually Work?

How do you write beautiful, award-worthy books and short stories?

One of the best ways is to join an online writing workshop, a collection of other writers who can give your writing feedback so that you can make your chapters, stories, and ultimately books better.

And the best online writing workshop, in my opinion, is The Write Practice Pro. What is The Write Practice Pro, and how can it help you finish your books, get published, and become an award winning, bestselling author? In this post, I’ll be sharing my Write Practice Pro review. I’ll also talk about how I personally use it the writing tool.

Writing Workshop: Can a Writing Workshop Help You Become a Better Writer?

Writing Workshop: Can a Writing Workshop Help You Become a Better Writer?

How do you write beautiful, award-winning novels, memoirs, and short stories? One tried-and-true way is through a writing workshop, a program with other writers who can give encouragement, feedback, and support as you write, edit, and publish your writing.

In this post, I’m going to share what a creative writing workshop is and how you can use it to improve your writing habits, get feedback on your creative writing, and go on to publish award-winning writing. Then we’ll talk about how to find a writing workshop, whether online or locally, and how to get the most out of it.

Why Writers Should Travel: The Best Cities for Writers to Travel To

Why Writers Should Travel: The Best Cities for Writers to Travel To

How do you become a better creative writer? That was the question I was facing in my own life more than ten years ago. I wanted to be a writer, was even writing part-time for a local magazine, but I didn’t know how to make my dreams of becoming a professional writer happen.

Five years later, I had finally made it, and now, five years after that, I’m earning over $100k from my writing.

How did I do it? It took so many things, but one of the first, and most important, was travel.

In fact, I believe every writer should travel. In this post, I’ll explain why. But I don’t want you to just take my word for it. No, I actually want to send you on a trip to Paris, one of my favorite writing destinations, on me.

Win a Flight to Paris in Honor of My New Book!

Win a Flight to Paris in Honor of My New Book!

My new book, a real life adventure story set in Paris called Crowdsourcing Paris, launches in just a few days. And in honor of the launch, I want to fly you to Paris. For real. I’m hosting a giveaway in which one reader can win a ticket to Paris paid by me. Call...
How to Write a Screenplay When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing: Phil Blattenberger

How to Write a Screenplay When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing: Phil Blattenberger

One of the beautiful things about creative work is that in many ways, there’s no formal training required. You can write the first pages, even the first chapters, of a book without ever getting an English degree or spending years training with great writers.

But what about when that doesn’t work anymore? When you find yourself in over your head with absolutely no idea what you’re doing or where to go next—what then?

Write a Great Memoir: How to Start (and Actually Finish) Your First Draft

Write a Great Memoir: How to Start (and Actually Finish) Your First Draft

What does it take to write a memoir? Not just any memoir—a great memoir, one that people love and talk about and share with their friends?

In this guide, I want to talk about how you can start writing your memoir, how you can actually finish it, and how you can make sure it’s good.

If you read this article from start to finish, it will save you hundreds of hours and result in a much better finished memoir.

How to Become a Travel Writer: Eric Hanson

How to Become a Travel Writer: Eric Hanson

What does it take to become a travel writer and build the creative life of your dreams? How do you go from hoping for a big break to creating that big break yourself?

In this episode of Character Test, I talk with an outdoor adventurer and television host about what it takes to make it in competitive creative fields.

The Hero’s Journey: How to Build Suspense With a Fake-Out Ending

The Hero’s Journey: How to Build Suspense With a Fake-Out Ending

Every story has that moment when everything seems okay. The dust has settled. The hero has his or her object of desire in hand. And for a moment, there’s peace.

But then all hell breaks loose. 

It’s the fake-out ending: that classic neck-breaking part of the story that thrills readers and audience members practically every time.

Here’s how to do it, Hero’s Journey-style.

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