Writing

  • Weekend Reading: Writer’s Block

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2015
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    Ah, writer's block -- the writer's nemesis. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't really believe in writer's block. It's not a "thing." It's an excuse. It's an excuse I've used, but that doesn't make it any more of a thing. I'm never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel "blocked" it means something a bit different. […]
  • Quick Tip: Move Scrivener Documents to Word

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
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    This week's quick tip comes from a question I received from Cathy Miller (my most recent guest co-host for the writers' podcast). Cathy's thinking about making the move to Scrivener for freelance writing projects. But she'd heard from another writer that Scrivener projects don't convert to Word well, especially when tables are involved. And most clients expect projects delivered in […]
  • Weekend Reading: Copyright for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2015
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    One of the most important issues for professional writers is also one of the least understood -- copyright law. Your ability to make a living from your writing revolves largely around your copyrights and your ability to license those rights to third parties. For this week's "weekend reading" resources, let's brush up on some of the basics. Enjoy! Know Your […]
  • 5 Things Ethical Article Writers Don’t Do

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 15, 2015
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    Do you consider yourself an ethical article writer or blogger? Whether you write for print publications or the web, professional ethics are an important part of building trust with readers and clients, which is part of what keeps them coming back for more. My ethical standards won't necessarily look like yours, and vice-versa. For example, I have ethical issues with […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Motivation

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 9, 2015
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    Given that we've just started a new year, it seems fitting to talk about writing motivation. After all, most of us have probably set at least one new writing goal or resolution, right? But how are we going to stick with those goals (and should we)? I want to share three great articles with you on the topic of writer motivation -- maybe to […]
  • 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 […]