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10 Tips to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is almost here! On November 1, writers around the world will start tapping keyboards like crazy to complete a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. Granted, you’ll need a lot more than 50,000 words unless you keep it short, like Hugh Howey did with Wool. And most of that writing will… Read More

Live Your Legend: A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore

We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Most things are not as impossible as we think. The only way to find out is to try. —Scott Dinsmore Someone I didn’t know died in a freak accident a few days ago. I got the news from someone else I don’t… Read More

Test your comma skills with non-essential parenthetical elements

Quizzes are a great way to learn. The best part is discovering what you know and what you don’t know. Plus, in this case, you're testing your comma skills, which are super important for any writer. And with an informal quiz like this one, there’s no performance pressure—you’re not in school, people—so you can relax… Read More

Most Popular Blog Posts at Simple Writing

It never fails. The blog post you thought was brilliant just seems to flop. Sometimes it’s a busy time of year, and people don’t have time to read. And then it gets some fairly good search engine traffic later on, but it never becomes uber-popular. Or maybe—sometimes you'll have to admit it—the post just plain… Read More

How to use photo prompts for writing

Need to kick-start a writing session or break through writer’s block? Photo prompts are a great way to go. If you’re a creative writer, you’ve probably heard of them and might have used them. If you’re a non-fiction writer or a blogger, especially if you’re just getting started, it might be a new thing. But… Read More