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?   ...

      How To Become A Writer

Do you want to know how to become a writer? Here is a fun view of the writer's journey. First, there is the fear... You slowly start to get traction. But where are the readers?   You start to make friends online.   You meet amazing people.   But you still feel that you're not a real writer...   Sometimes, you just want to hide away.   But within...

Dragons, Mommy Rabbits, and the Terror of Fictional Improvisation

Does fear sometimes stop you from writing? You see, the problem is that writers need to improvise. And that can be terrifying. Because there is no map that can help us get our idea or story onto the page. Here's how Charles Baxter described the process: Sitting in the dark of Gregory's room, with a cigar in his hand and Glenn Miller playing "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" softly beside him,...

3 Habits That Separate Good Writers From Tragic Wannabes

You want to become a good, maybe even a great, writer. You study books on writing. You follow blogs on writing. Hell, you've even thought about taking a writing class. But you're tormented by a recurring thought. What if you're wasting your time? What if good writing simply isn't in your DNA? What if no amount of study and practice will take you from where you are now to where you ...

How to Write a Poem (and Why This Will Help You Become a Better Writer)

Recently, I re-read a little book I created some years ago. It's a book of poems. I collected my poems and then 'published' them in a book I handcrafted myself. It made a special gift for my loved ones. I'm not what people call 'a poet,' but I do tend to write poems now and then. Especially at key moments of my life. The poems I created some years ago trigger memories, emotions and ...

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 bestsel...

Do You Worry About Your Writing? How To Stop And Fall Back In Love With It

Do you feel insecure, anxious and doubtful about your writing? If you're not careful, these emotions can take over your life. Many writers spend too much time fretting over unanswerable questions: "Is this story brilliant or terrible?" "Is this novel going to get published?" "Will I ever be successful?" "Am I just fooling myself?" Worry and doubt are not only painful, they are d...

The Secret of Crafting Engaging Messages: Words of Influence

Want to capture an audience's attention? It's more a matter of what you don't do than you think. As children, when we learn to speak our language, we're also learning to argue. Nearly everything our parents say to us is a correction, an explanation, or an argument for why we shouldn't put that in our mouths, or why we should go to bed now and not in half an hour. It's no surprise that we ...

Do You Make these Common Grammar Mistakes? Take the Quiz to Find Out.

Have you got a good handle on grammar and common word usage? Take this quiz to see how sharp your grammar skills really are. (If you're reading this in an email, you need to click on the headline to access the quiz online.) Warning: This quiz is just a little more challenging than the usual fare, so be sure you have plenty of time (about 20 minutes). It will show you whether you make comm...