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...

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 Find Your Trademark Writing Style

No doubt you have some favorite authors. It's likely that one thing you love about their books is their writing style. Many commercial authors have a very simplistic—almost superficial—writing style. Other successful authors write in a wholly unique manner unlike any other. There is no right or wrong, good or bad—only personal tastes. We can all name writers we can't stomach whos...

How to Publish a Book: My 1,000-Day Journey

In life, lots of things are relative. What looks hard seems super-easy compared to something harder. Writing is hard. But it is easy when compared to what it takes to go from “writing” to “getting your writing done.” If I'd known it would take 1,000 days for my first book to be published, I probably would have given up. I'm glad I didn’t. Here's how it happened. This s...

Win Prizes of over 20K in the Freeditorial Long- Short Story Contest on WTD (Free Entry)

If you want to win big with your writing, and need some strong motivation to write, here’s your chance. Our new Freeditorial Long-Short Fiction Story Contest on Write to Done carries a first prize of $15,000, a second prize of $5,000 and a third prize of $2,000. Worth writing for, right? And the best news, entry to the contest is free. Totally free! Not only is registration free, yo...

Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta

Note by the Editor-in-Chief: This post was written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits when we first started this blog. It offers the clearest instructions on how to write conversationally. That's why we decided to republish it. Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation. - Laurence Sterne While I don't claim to be the world's greatest writer, one of my strengths as ...