Category Archives for "Writing Practice"
Every New Year, thousands, perhaps millions, of writers promise themselves that this year will be different. They’ll devote more time to becoming a better writer. They’ll figure it out and get that writing project done. This writer may or may not have said this to herself several times before, and may or may not have […]Keep reading
When most people think about reporting, they think about journalists at the newspaper—pen always cocked and notebook at the ready. Those are the real pros. But reporting is also one of my favorite creative writing tips. Today, equipped with our smart phones, anyone can take a few quick notes or snap a picture of anything […]Keep reading
Sometimes writers—even those with the best intentions—have trouble showing up at the writing desk. Maybe they want to write but don’t know how to actually start writing. Or they were writing but, for some reason, stopped. Sometimes the writing gets difficult, and they need time to get clear about what they really want to say. […]Keep reading
When writing a book, finishing your first draft is a huge accomplishment. It’s seriously worth celebrating. Have a drink; post about it on Facebook; take a picture of your manuscript and put it on Instagram. But don’t get carried away because your work on your manuscript is far from done. It’s not ready to share […]Keep reading
Writing a book is largely a solitary endeavor, but getting it ready for publication is not. You can read it yourself, over and over again as many times as you like. But if you’re writing a book for publication, eventually you need to get an outside perspective on your manuscript. And if you’re a beginner, you […]Keep reading
So much writing to do, so little time to do it. When you have a family, friends, a job, and other obligations, large projects—even important ones like writing a book—get set aside. You want to write more, but time just doesn’t seem to allow it. This happens often because creative projects, like writing a memoir, […]Keep reading
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