10 Easy Ways To Write Headlines That Go Viral

You've written an amazing post. But everybody knows that it's not (only) about the quality of your content. It's how you sell it. How do you sell a blog post, a book, a video—any content? By writing an amazing headline that sucks the reader in immediately. Big sites like Buzzfeed, Viral Nova and Bored Panda do it. Upworthy does it. Huffington Post does it. Their articles g...

How to Double Your Readers with This Significant Strategy

In the endless sea of textbooks, essays and lectures, there are obviously more than enough pages about how to write better. Be concrete. Focus on the core message. Evoke emotion. Entertain, surprise, tell a story, omit needless words. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Despite all this useful advice, many aspiring writers fail to heed the most important rule that is guaranteed to do...

10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises for you to enjoy. 1. 7x7x7 Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to  7 lines.   2. Dictionary Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary...

Fall in Love with Writing: Watch these Inspiring Videos

At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you. Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it! Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating. Ira really explains so well what happens. You have an idea. And then you try writing it down. But you can't quite capture what was in your mind. And because you can never quit...

Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your Mojo: 5 Tips

Have you ever lost the motivation to write? You know what that feels like—projects wait to get started, they stall, or they go unfinished. Your head is filled with a fog, instead of the lightness of inspired ideas. I've been there. At times, I feel excited and in the flow — fingers dancing over the keyboard. At others, sitting down to write is heavy and challenging. But losing y...

Are You a Grammar Ninja? Take this Quiz

You’ve heard active verbs pack a wallop to your writing. Passive verbs, not so much. But do you know the difference? Take this grammar quiz to test your knowledge. Warning: You won’t find any trick questions in this quiz. But it’s tough, and the sample sentences are complicated. Read carefully and give yourself plenty of time. Instructions This quiz has ten questions. Read t...

Inspiration for Writing: 10 Quotes to Get Your Juices Flowing

  If your inspiration for writing isn't flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes. Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you. As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process. And it takes courage. Writing takes courage.     Writing changes us. Each idea, each sente...

Writing Prompt Challenge: Why is She Fleeing?

Why is she fleeing? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? In case you're not familiar with our Writing Prompt Challenge, here's how it works: We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post  Now for the ground rules: Your story must be 350 words or less. Your work must be original and not previou...

10 Tools to Help You Keep Writing

Do you rush to your writing desk when inspiration hits you? Of course you do! The muse has arrived. But, inevitably, the muse will depart, and leave you feeling deflated. Now all you have is the blank computer screen. How do you keep writing? A coffee fix to come unstuck? Visit Twitter? Or follow some new friends on Instagram? Such distractions may help, but when it comes to ...

What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now? We'd love to know here at WritetoDone! 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. Whet our appe...