Writing

  • Weekend Reading: Scrivener

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 17, 2014
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    We've talked a lot about Scrivener lately -- specifically using Scrivener for blogging. It's a great piece of software for writers, and it's incredibly adaptable to any kind of project you need to take on. My favorite part of moving to Scrivener so far has been its organizational abilities, which are helping me better manage a variety of projects from […]
  • The Rules of the Sneaky Serial Comma

    By Rebecca Garland on May 23, 2013
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    If there was ever a piece of punctuation to give us all fits, it’s the comma. When do you use it? When are you using it too much? Do I need a comma there? Correct comma usage causes endless questions simply because there are so many rules. Let’s worry about one comma in particular – the serial, or Oxford, comma. […]
  • From Struggling Writer to Solid Writer and Beyond

    By Rebecca Garland on May 9, 2013
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    As an English teacher, I have a strategy that usually works for struggling and reluctant writers. If they claim to not be able to write something, I ask them to tell me the story or response to address the prompt. Then, after they tell me a sentence or two, I repeat it back to a student and tell him to […]
  • Show Don’t Tell — An Example Done Right

    By Melissa Breau on April 2, 2013
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    You may have had college professors preach to you to "show, don't tell." The ironic thing about that statement is that it contradicts itself. Take the video I've embedded below, for instance. In the video, a blind homeless man is begging for change. A young woman comes by and changes what he has written on his sign–and in response, many […]
  • 3 Action Steps to Help You Beat Writer’s Block for Good

    By Guest on February 27, 2013
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    By: Francesca StaAna I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. –Barbara Kingsolver Some people call it writer’s block. Others refer to it as a lack […]
  • Choosing an Editor for Your Indie Published Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 21, 2013
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    I make my thoughts on editing no secret. Self-edits have their place -- initial rewrites, shorter information products that need a very quick turnaround, etc. But for most indie publishers there's no good excuse to release your work without it crossing the desk of a professional editor. Even more than that, I'm a strong believer in hiring an editor. I don't care […]
  • Planning For Print Publication

    By Catherine L. Tully on December 7, 2012
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    It's hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner! If you are looking to get published in a magazine or print publication in the coming year, now is the time to start planning. For most print pubs, the editorial calendar is already set, and queries right now are going out for summer issues (or even later!). […]
  • Breaking All the Writing Rules

    By Rebecca Garland on September 27, 2012
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    Pop quiz, hot shot! How many of the old, conventional writing rules do you break on a daily basis? You probably know the ones I’m talking about. These are rules like: Never start a paper with a question. Never start a sentence with “and” or “but.” Never end a sentence with a preposition. Paragraphs must be a minimum of five […]
  • Do You Drive Through Stop Signs When Writing?

    By Melissa Breau on September 11, 2012
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    Last month Tim Berry wrote about learning that a stop sign requires a full stop—one where the car rolls backward slightly—and how that reminded him of decision making. That sometimes we all need a full stop now and again to think things through and prepare ourselves to head off again in the right direction. I couldn't help but think of […]
  • Magazine Writing — Gathering Intel

    By Catherine L. Tully on September 7, 2012
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    So you want to write for a magazine? If that is the case--one of the most important things you will do is study publications that you want to submit material to in query form. But what is the best way to go about that? Let's face it, buying tons of magazines can be really expensive. (Fun, but expensive!) So how […]