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The No.1 Reason New Bloggers Fail (And What To Do About It)

Every blog starts with a dream. A dream of expressing yourself and getting your message heard. A dream of gaining recognition. A dream of standing proud. But the sad reality is, most new bloggers fail. Depressing, isn’t it? So many hopes dashed. So much energy wasted. So many important thoughts lost to the world. I must admit, I too, was once close to quitting. But the re...

Writing Practice: What Happened Here?

It's time for some writing practice. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to exercise your creativity. What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? 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...

Why This Practice Makes You A Better Writer

Drayton Bird has wryly observed that some people have 20 years’ experience, and others have one year’s experience repeated twenty times. You probably know a few such people yourself, which is why the quip is funny—but the problem actually hits closer home than we might expect. It turns out that even thoughtful people who are proactive about their training end up doing a lot of practice...

Creative Writing Exercises: Write About Your Most-Loved Pet

Would you like to write about your most-love pet? Is there a story you remember about him or her? Here is a pet story I came across recently: When Moe, the dog died, three-year-old Luke Westbrook pined for his four-legged friend. In the end, Luke's mother came up with the idea to write a weekly letter to Moe together with Luke. She addressed it to: Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven Clou...

Boost Your Creativity: 7 Ways to Be Insanely Creative on Demand

Wouldn't you love to be consistently creative? It’s great when our friends and family support us and think we can do anything as long as it involves words, and a keyboard or pen. The truth, though, is that we all get stuck from time to time. Creativity is fickle. Getting past the stuck places can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are seven techniques I use to boost my cre...

Creative Writing Prompt: Can You Come up With the Story Behind This Image?

What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? In case you're not familiar with our Creative 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 b...

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...

How to Always Have a Bagful of Exciting Writing Ideas

How intimately do you know the blank, virginal screen? Do you have a love-hate relationship with it? On the one hand are many writing options, waiting to unfold. On the other, a dread of the unknown that freezes your fingers. And always, that vast, nagging question: what shall I write about? Take heart! You’re surrounded by brilliant writing ideas waiting only for you to grab t...

How to Be Creative and Find Your Brilliance: 10 Superb Articles

Have you ever wished you were more creative? Of course you have! I mean, who hasn't? The problem with creativity is that it can get crushed so easily. A negative remark from a teacher long ago, or an insensitive quip from a friend can be all it takes to stymie your ability to create. Luckily, there are ways to restore your innate creativity. In this post you'll find ten of the ...

10 Ways To Refuel Your Creativity

Sometimes it's a struggle to find what to write about, don't you agree? A blog is like a hungry beast, always asking for more. Sometimes, you're stuck and just can't get anything onto a page. It happens to me too. A short while ago I was on a flight from Thailand to New Zealand and I was determined to write a post. I opened my laptop, put my hands on the keyboard, and focused hard. Wha...