by Meg Dowell
Your time will come.
Between graduating college (May 2014) and starting my first ‘real’ writing job (March 2017), I got rejected … by many, many people.
For many, many things. Especially writing jobs.
Because it’s not formal education that qualifies you to write. It’s part of it, but often a very small part. What matters more is experience … and writing samples.
And when you don’t have either of those things … well, how are you supposed to get them?
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by Morgan S. Hazelwood
I was raised Southern Baptist and we don’t do Lent. I might have seen ashes on people’s forehead’s once or twice before I headed off to college, but just accepted that as “a Catholic Thing.” I was barely aware of Mardi Gras outside of The Count of Monte Cristo.
In college, though, I learned about Lent. That’s when I discovered it was a time for sacrifice and cleansing. It started to fascinate me. What was I willing to give up?
Continue reading What Do You Give Up For Your Writing?
by Romain Dillet from TechCrunch
Amazon has accepted new contract terms with book publishers in the European Union after Commissioner Margrethe Vestager led an investigation into Amazon’s practices.
After today’s decision, Amazon will no longer force publishers to provide the best price on the company’s Kindle store.
Continue reading Amazon Modifies Its Kindle eBook Contracts Following EU Investigation
By Julianne Q. Johnson
Grammarly is a grammar checking program for writers. There are several forms of the program, but today I’m here to talk about the plug-in for Microsoft Office. This plug-in also works for Microsoft Word, you don’t have to actually own Office to use it.
If you want to check this plug-in out, you can find it here.
I tried a version of Grammarly many years ago and was not impressed with it. At that time, it cost money, and what the program did was not especially useful. It would point out many things that were not issues, and ignore actual issues.
Continue reading Grammarly – Help or Hindrance?
Hello everyone! Spring is here, so it’s time to take a look back to check out the top writing tips posts of this past winter. Feel free to click any of the links below to take a read. Results are calculated by page views.
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by Phil James
Writer’s block is a mighty beast. It catches every writer off guard and sometimes, it takes months–if not years–to shake off.
Sometimes, it feels like nothing is conquerable in the mind of the lost writer. But I want to propose a solution to your daily writer’s block, so that you can still apply your creative muscles while also putting something into your own words.
Continue reading Use Translation to Help Writer’s Block
Happy (belated) 2016 everyone! In the spirit of the new year, I thought it would be fun to highlight the top 10 most popular writing tips posts of the last year, based on page views viewed in that year.
Continue reading Top 10 Writing Tips Posts of 2015
It’s ready! My new book The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas and Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller is live.
It’s been an interesting work in progress. I wrote this book specifically with writers, authors, creative writing enthusiasts, teachers, and poets in mind.
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by Ned Hickson
Over the years, my wife has gotten used to my (admittedly bad) habit of leaning over and whispering “expendable character” whenever I see someone who I know is going to die. I should clarify I only make these predictions while watching movies, and not, as a general rule, at the grocery store, in hospital waiting rooms or at family reunions. That’s because in movies, these types of characters are easy to spot.
Continue reading Why Survival Skills Are So Important For a Writer
In essay writing, they call it the Hook. In fiction, we’ll call it the First Line.
Different names, but they serve the same purpose. This is the first piece of your story that the audience is going to read. Whether that audience is someone from a publishing house considering your work or a potential fan, it’s important to draw them in right away.
Continue reading The Importance of a Great Literary First Impression