How to Write a Short Story With Deep Structure (And Win a Prize for It)

Would you like to know how to write a short story that wins a prize? Of course you would! You've drafted your story, and it looks good. But now you want to fine-tune it to win a contest. How do you improve your chances? Let me tell you a secret. I've judged more than 5000 entries in short fiction awards over five years. What do I look for when compiling the shortlist? Deep ...

The First Ever WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest

Many readers ask, 'How can I become known as a writer?' One of the best ways is to win a writing contest. We've got a lot of talented writers here at WritetoDone; I'm always impressed by the stunning responses to our Scene Stealer series! So we decided to spice it up and give you an opportunity to shine. Here's what we came up with. The first-ever WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest, wit...

The Number One Tip for Freelance Writers from Han Solo

What do you think of Han Solo, the nerd-herder of Star Wars? Maybe you gush about how awesome he is. Maybe you insist: "He shot first." Maybe you like him because his scruffy appearance hides a heart of galactic gold. A heart of gold? Han wasn't always like this. In fact, when we first met him, he was only interested in what was in it for him to help Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess L...

Do You Know The Secret Sauce That Turns Stories Into Magic?

Let me tell you a story. Once there was a writer who had a dream. To live, work and thrive by telling stories that made people smile, swoon and weep. He was pretty decent at it too, sailing through school on a knack for essays and last-minute term papers that fooled faculty into giving him a generous grade. After graduating, he wrote his way into a series of suit-and-tie jobs doing new...

What Are YOUR 3 Best Writing Tips?

You and I know something about writing. We know about the joy of writing. And we know about the struggle. We know about the times when writing is difficult, and the times when writing flows without effort. But we take our experience for granted. Until... Until someone asks us for advice. Here’s a scenario: Imagine a friend drops in for a visit. ‘I hear you write,’ yo...

Overcome Procrastination With These Easy Strategies

If you're a writer, you're probably familiar with procrastination. It descends like a haze. It takes you over before you know it. And there you are, checking email for the millionth time rather than focusing on the task at hand. Judging yourself or wishing it wouldn't happen are unlikely to help you. But turning to take a look at procrastination, to understand what it is and how i...

5 Systems You Need to Skyrocket Your Freelance Writing Career

Do you dream of a freelance writing career? Maybe you want to do creative work, meet amazing people, set your own schedule, and of course, work from anywhere in the world. But is this the reality? Read on to find out what it's really like and how to create a successful freelance writing career. To be successful, you have to deal with clients, stay on top of your finances and bookk...

10 Quotes to Kickstart Your Inspiration for Writing

In Leo Babauta's article, 31 Ways to Find Inspiration For Your Writing, he says: Great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement. I've collected ten quotes to give you inspiration for writing. Here's how to use them: Get a notebook or piece of ...

What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now? A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bes...

Lost Your Motivation to Write? The One Thing that Helps

Have you ever lost your motivation to write? You have a deadline staring you in the face, and no words to reach it. Feels awful, doesn't it? People love talking about motivation. The truth is, there's  some great content out there about getting motivated.   But asking "How do I motivate myself?" misses a critical point: What do you do when you're motivated?   ...