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Conquer your fear of writing with small steps

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt Overcoming fear requires effort no matter what you're afraid of. It could be anything from a full-fledged phobia—of spiders, for example—to feeling nervous around someone like your boss or a celebrity. Fear can be healthy. If you’re afraid of a shadowy figure… Read More

The secret trick to mastering commas

Did you take the Simple Writing comma quiz? If not, you might want to give it a whirl before reading on. As of today, the average score for 245 readers who tried their luck—or exercised their knowledge—is 60%. Since the quiz has 20 questions, a score of 60% means 12 correct and 8 incorrect. And… Read More

10 ways to write awesome introductions

The blank page stares back at you. Smack your head against the wall, your inner frustrated writer suggests. You rock back and forth. You rub your chin; you bite your lip. And the minutes tick by. Finally—sensible person that you are—you ditch the introduction, develop an outline, and dig in to the meat of the… Read More

How to avoid gender-biased language in your writing

Avoiding gender bias in your writing might be the last thing you’re worried about. You’re not biased about anything, right? Wrong. We’re all biased, and sometimes we’re not even aware of it. “Bias” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. It can simply mean having a preference for one thing over another—a leaning, an outlook, an… Read More

To hell with writing excuses! Flip your switch on

Either you have a goal—or you don’t. Either you have a priority—or you don’t. Either writing matters to you—or it doesn’t. It’s that simple. Let’s get real here. I know all about the excuses. I know all about how life just somehow happens—yeah, right—and you get caught up in all sorts of stuff. You think… Read More