What James Patterson Told Me About Writing

"Would you like to have lunch with James Patterson?" I would. So would many of you, I guess. I've been a James Patterson fan for quite some time. So when I had the opportunity to have lunch with the world’s bestselling author in Sydney, Australia in May this year, I immediately finalized my travel plans. The lunch was organized by Dymocks Bookstore as part of their Literary Events...

How To Write A Book: 20 Tips from World-Class Authors

Do you dream of writing a book? Maybe you have a great idea but just can't get started. Or maybe you've started, but now you're stuck. Whether your book is still just an idea, or whether you're already writing it, we found some beautiful quotes to inspire you and show you how to write a book. Check out these 20 quotes from authors who overcame barriers, and finally finished writing a bo...

How To Capture The Hearts And Minds Of Your Readers

Do you want to capture the hearts and minds of your readers? When you plan a piece, you often have concerns such as: Am I providing enough useful content to readers? Do I have the facts and data to back up my argument? Does my writing make sense and flow logically? While these are important questions, one vital ingredient is missing. A connection. Your readers want to know tha...

102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

You don’t have to play coy. You want to become a better writer. In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there. That’s why you’re here, right? Checking out all the great ideas that Write to Done has to offer? The problem is, you keep meaning to work on becoming a better writer, but how many ti...

The Simple, Super-Sexy, Science-Backed Way to Improve Your Writing Skills

Hemingway knew it. George Orwell and Mark Twain did too. And because they incorporated this truth into their lives, it gave their writing that special sauce that elevated the quality of their work. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, this truth will help you too. Traveling to lands far and new is not only super-glamorous and sexy, it makes you a better writer as well. And if y...

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...

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...