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How to Bond With Your Readers: The Pain and Glory of Writing

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Note from the Editor-in-Chief

We’ve decided republish this beautiful post by our treasured contributor John Yeoman as he unfortunately passed away unexpectedly this year.

Have you ever shied away from writing a scene in your story because it was too painful?

Because it triggered memories you’d rather forget?

You were thrust back into trauma: a marital breakup, bereavement, personal humiliation or some other horrific event.

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11 Ways to Create Irresistible Headlines That Readers Love

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One of the easiest ways to get people to read your articles or blog posts is to write irresistible headlines.

It’s not enough to just write headlines that sound clever.

They have to get clicks.

How do you write headlines that get clicks?

Well, you’re in the right place to find that out. Here are 11 ways to help you write headlines that get clicks.

  1. What’s the Benefit?

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5 Ways to be a Productive Writer in a World of Distraction


Imagine yourself in this scene…

You settle in to write in your perfect spot. It might be a cozy, perfectly arranged office that you love – or maybe your spacious deck overlooking the ocean.

It’s quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free. You’re so focused that the ideas flow effortlessly as you easily churn out page after page.

The hours fly by as if they were seconds, and before you know it… you’re finished!

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How to Get Your Enthusiasm Back as a Creative Writer

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Doesn’t it just drive you up the wall that you’ve read hundreds of blog posts and read nearly as many books on writing and creativity, and yet you’re still not making the progress you expected to make by now?

The impetus for my new book Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic with Your Words is that we are all different and that the majority of  advice being offered online and in how-to books treats us as if we all learn and work in the same linear way.

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Feel Like You’re Capable of More? Here’s How to Stop Underachieving

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Have you ever had an idea for something you would like to create, only to find the momentum die after the initial excitement and enthusiasm?

Frustrating isn’t it?

It’s a pattern I know only too well.

I’ve had so many ideas that I have failed to follow through with to completion.

While some of those have been conscious choices, many have been the result of lack of trust in myself and my ability to translate the vision I have in my head into physical form.

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How to Avoid Being Sued For Plagiarism

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Imagine someone to suing you for half a million dollars because you failed to attribute their work correctly.

It would be a shock, right? But believe me, it’s definitely possible.

So one of the most important things you can do for your writing career is to learn the rules of attribution.

Why? Well, for one, failure to follow them could spell a heap of trouble… like getting a court order for half a million dollars.

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5 Unusual Ways to Generate Creativity – and Productivity – on Demand

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Sometimes creativity seems elusive. And if you can’t generate creativity on demand, your writing productivity declines.

There are ways to draw on your creativity at will. In the process, your productivity will skyrocket!

Here are five unusual ways for you to invite creativity to write with you and have your muse accept and show up for work.

1. Develop a Creativity Ritual

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Have you ever seen athletes or actors get ready to perform?

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33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb

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There’s nothing more embarrassing than when your skirt is rucked up at the back and your panties are showing or your fly is undone – but nobody has the heart to tell you.

It’s the same with this collection of 33 grammar whoopsies. They are embarrassing. And making these mistakes will make you look dumb.

Print out these 33 grammar gaffes so that you learn to avoid them.

33 Commonly Misunderstood Words & Phrases (Infographic)

Let us know what you think of the infographic!

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What Are YOU Writing?


What are you working on right now?

Please share YOUR writing with us here at WTD.

So what are you writing?

A novel? A blog post? 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’re writing about.

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12 Questions To Help You Create Memorable Characters

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Would you like to create memorable characters? Of course you would!

But where do great characters come from?

Are they great because of what they do, or because of what they say?

Suppose someone walks into a store and asks, “May I see what you have in a nice .30 caliber hollow point?”

If this character is a combat infantry squad leader or deer hunter, if his greatest achievements are his marksmanship and taking a life here and there,

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