The 5 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

The Five Mistakes I have run my course, Writers Write, for 10 years. I have learned so much from teaching novelists to dream their books into life. After seeing more than 120 graduates published, I have identified these as being the most common mistakes made by debut…

Secrets of a Memoirist

Have you always dreamt of writing your life story? Maybe you don't know where to start? Do you you wonder if you’re disciplined enough to write it? Maybe you want to know if you have a story that’s worth telling? Secrets of a Memoirist will answer…

15 Authors On The Best Writing Advice They Received

Alice Kahn: The best writing advice I’ve ever heard: Don’t write like you went to college. Andrei Codrescu: Best advice I ever got was from the Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu, who told me in Bucharest, before I emigrated: ‘Learn English. French is dead.’ Christopher Buckley:…

5 Ways To Outline Your Book

Outlining a novel Excel: “The reason I use Excel is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago.  I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story.  I realized that by typing out my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen…

30 Inspiring Tips For National Novel Writing Month

Writing 1667 words a day for 30 days during the month of November – also known as NaNoWriMo – is a good way to add discipline to your writing schedule.  Here are 30 tips to inspire you if you get stuck. 1. 30 Tips from Last…

9 Easy Ways To Simplify Your Writing

Avoid Wordiness Don’t say: On a daily basis    Rather say: Daily  Don’t say: In order to    Rather say: To  Don’t say: The majority of   Rather say: Most  Don’t say: Take into consideration   Rather say: Consider Don’t say: At this point in…

The Colon

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15 Best Leadership Quotes

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long. ~Boris Yeltsin There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader. ~Alexandre Ledru-Rollin Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead…

5 Simple Ways To Help You Communicate In A Positive Manner

Project a positive image in your written and spoken communications. If you use negative language you will not receive a positive response from people. Your tone is important and if you aren’t careful, you could elicit an unfavourable response or cause unnecessary conflict and tension…

15 Idioms For Periods Of Time

What is an idiom? Definition: An idiom is phrase which has a meaning that is commonly understood by speakers of the language, but whose meaning is often different from the normal meaning of the words. After hours: In the evening or at night, or late in the…