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Jazz up your sentences with these 5 tips

If you use the same kinds of sentences over and over, your writing will be as monotonous as the steady beat of a bass drum with no other percussion or instruments seen or heard. But if you jazz things up with a snare drum, tom-toms, hi-hats and cymbals and change up the beat for different… Read More

Monday Motivation: Writing Priorities

When it comes to creative ventures (or athletic pursuits!), here are a few things I’ve learned about my writing priorities. Output decreases in direct proportion to (unrelated) input. In other words, when your mind is cluttered with unrelated information coming in from the outside world, it’s hard to access your inner creative world. The latest… Read More

Avoid Cliches Like Snakes in the Grass

Everyone uses clichés in ordinary speech, and why not? They capture your thoughts and ideas in the blink of an eye and communicate them easily, as long as you’re among others who understand your favorite clichés. But consider this: if you’re a blogger, freelance writer, or author, your writing will be read by readers of… Read More

Five Ways to Get Writing Experience

How can you get writing experience if you don’t have anything to write? If you’re thinking of writing for a living—freelance writing—you might be in a tough spot. You know you can write, but you don’t have any proof of your experience. No clips. No links. No portfolio. And how are you supposed to get… Read More

What’s Your Excuse for Not Writing?

What’s your favorite excuse for not doing something you really want to do? Like writing, for example. No matter what kind of writer you are—blogger, freelancer, creative writer or novelist—you’re probably prone to making excuses when you don’t feel like sitting at your desk or table and tapping out letters and words. Or on your… Read More