How To Be A Well-paid Writer

Do you struggle to be paid well for your writing?You may find it hard to believe, but good clients are everywhere.Yes, prospects willing to pay for quality content abound.Then why is it so difficult to find them?It depends on where you're looking. If you look at places where cheap content sells, you'll get cheap clients. But what if you're looking in all the right plac...

How To Use Your Mistakes To Achieve Success As A Writer

Have you ever made a mistake in your writing?There isn't a writer in the world who doesn't make mistakes occasionally.What separates professional writers from amateurs is how they handle mistakes.Some writers see mistakes as disasters.But if you know the right way to handle them, making mistakes may actually be good for you!The more mistakes you make as a writer, the more you l...

How To Rekindle Your Love of Writing

Writing is a lonely process.It takes a lot of courage to sit down and write day after day, week after week, month after month.The struggle can continue for years, while self-doubt, criticism and fear bully you like a gang of thugs.As if that's not torture enough, you may want to move beyond writing for yourself, and pursue publication.Then, the real challenges begin: losing writing...

Scene Stealers – Can You Create A Plot Twist?

Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles.We're thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.) How it worksWe set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this postOf course, it's...

The Runner’s Guide to Better Writing

Admit it.You want to become the kind of writer who has the energy to turn up every day in front of the blank page and create.You're looking for a way to focus on your current writing project without getting distracted.And you'd like to finish what you're working on.If only there were something that would help you do all this...There is.It's called running.For me, the be...

How to Create the Habit of Writing

"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables." - Spanish proverb Note from the Editor-in-Chief This is a beautiful post by Leo Babauta. It was one of the first posts he wrote for WritetoDone. We've republished it because it carries an important message for all writers. This, friends, is the linchpin: if you can create the habit of writing, you've got a wonderful foundation as a writer.If yo...

How to Write a Short Story With Deep Structure (And Win a Prize for It)

Would you like to know how to write a short story that wins a prize?Of course you would!You've drafted your story, and it looks good.But now you want to fine-tune it to win a contest.How do you improve your chances?Let me tell you a secret.I've judged more than 5000 entries in short fiction awards over five years.What do I look for when compiling the shortlist?Deep ...

The First Ever WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest

Click here to read the winning stories!Many readers ask, 'How can I become known as a writer?'One of the best ways is to win a writing contest.We've got a lot of talented writers here at WritetoDone; I'm always impressed by the stunning responses to our Scene Stealer series!So we decided to spice it up and give you an opportunity to shine. Here's what we came up with. The fi...

The Number One Tip for Freelance Writers from Han Solo

What do you think of Han Solo, the nerd-herder of Star Wars?Maybe you gush about how awesome he is.Maybe you insist: "He shot first."Maybe you like him because his scruffy appearance hides a heart of galactic gold.A heart of gold? Han wasn't always like this.In fact, when we first met him, he was only interested in what was in it for him to help Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess L...

Do You Know The Secret Sauce That Turns Stories Into Magic?

Let me tell you a story.Once there was a writer who had a dream.To live, work and thrive by telling stories that made people smile, swoon and weep.He was pretty decent at it too, sailing through school on a knack for essays and last-minute term papers that fooled faculty into giving him a generous grade.After graduating, he wrote his way into a series of suit-and-tie jobs doing new...