10 Core Practices for Better Writing: Kindle and Paperback Editions on Sale

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing on SALE.

From now through Friday, 12/6/13, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing is on sale.

Get the Kindle edition for just 99¢ through Amazon. The paperback edition is available at 10% off through CreateSpace with the discount code 3G6Y3FFX.

This will be the last time this book goes on sale for the foreseeable future, so be sure to pick up your copy now. Look for the next title in the Adventures in Writing series in January 2014.

About 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is for writers who want to strengthen their skills. You’ll learn beneficial writing practices, discover tools and techniques, and develop professional-caliber writing habits.

Each of the 10 practices presented in this book advances your writing over the long term. Apply the concepts in this book, and you will master the craft of writing.

It’s packed with inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities that encourage you to practice and perfect your writing. What are you waiting for? Pick up 10 Core Practices for Better Writing now!

Have You Read It?

Have you already read 10 Core Practices for Better Writing? Did you enjoy it? If so, I’d really appreciate a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other online bookseller’s website. Positive reviews are immensely helpful for authors, and they help other readers (in this case, writers) find interesting and useful books.

Get your copy today:

Remember, the sale ends on Friday, 12/6/13.

 

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Enter to Win a Paperback Edition of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 core practices for better writingIf you haven’t picked up a copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing yet, here’s your chance to get one for free.

From today through Thursday, November 8, 2013, I’m hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

Click here to learn more about 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in, click “Enter to Win” below for your chance to win a copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

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10 Core Practices for Better Writing by Melissa Donovan

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

by Melissa Donovan

Giveaway ends November 08, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Good luck, and keep writing!

10 Core Practices for Better Writing (Kindle Edition) is on Sale for 99¢

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing on SALE.

From now through Sunday, 10/6/13, you can download the Kindle edition of my latest book, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, for just 99¢.

About 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is for writers who want to strengthen their writing skills.

You’ll learn beneficial practices that promote excellence in writing, discover tools and techniques to improve your writing, and develop professional-caliber writing habits.

By applying the concepts in this book, you will master the craft of writing.

Each of the 10 practices presented in this book advance your writing over the long term. It’s packed with inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities.

What are you waiting for? Pick up 10 Core Practices for Better Writing now!

First Review!

The first review is in! Here’s what Paula Elliott had to say about 10 Core Practices for Better Writing:

“Absolutely the best book I have found on the subject! Excellent book for anyone wanting to break through writer’s block! Would be a great read for teachers and students as well.” – Paula Elliott

Thanks, Paula. Your review made my day!

Remember, the sale ends on Sunday, 10/6. Get your copy today:

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Writing Forward’s Sixth Anniversary: Win a Free Copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

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Writing Forward is six years old!

Writing Forward Turns Six

Writing Forward launched on September 1, 2007 and is now six years old, which is pretty exciting.

Every time we celebrate another anniversary, I find myself surprised that the site is still going strong and growing. I’m especially proud that we’ve expanded beyond the blog and have published two books in the Adventures in Writing series with a third one on the way early next year.

None of that would be possible without the wonderful readers and writers who have subscribed to Writing Forward, especially everyone who has shared our posts and books on social media, left positive reviews of the books on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, and helped us build this passionate community of writers.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is Now Available in More Bookstores




About a month ago, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing became available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.

Now, you can also pick up a copy from Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes & Noble (for Nook), Kobo, and Smashwords.

My goal is make sure the book is available to you in the format you prefer and from the outlet where you like to shop. Let me know if there’s another format or store where you’d like to see it.

Win a Free Copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing Ebook

To celebrate all this good news, I’m giving away five free copies of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing in ebook format. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

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  • To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us one thing you’ve done that helped you improve your writing. Make sure you enter a valid email address (your email address is not shared, published, or distributed). Comments that do not include a statement about how you’ve improved your writing will not be considered as a contest entry.
  • Five winners will be selected from the comments at random and each winner will be able to choose the ebook format of his or her choice; options include Kindle (.mobi), epub, and pdf.
  • Comments (and the contest) will stay open until midnight (Pacific Time) Thursday, September 5, 2013.
  • Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing and will have one week to claim their prizes.
  • Winners will receive their ebooks via email.

Good luck, and keep writing!

10 Core Practices for Better Writing: Now Available on Amazon

10 core practices for better writingI’m so excited to announce the next book in the Adventures in Writing series: 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

About the Book:

Writing is an adventure that lasts a lifetime.

Start your adventure with 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, a book that helps you strengthen your writing skills so you can excel in the craft of writing.

You’ll develop simple but effective habits that will consistently improve your writing — core practices that will stay with you forever.

It doesn’t matter whether you write fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. The practices outlined in this book give you the tools and techniques you need to consistently produce better writing over time. Every project you write will be better than the last.

Ideal for new and experienced writers alike, this book will enlighten and inform your work. It’s perfect for writing groups, classes, and workshops as well as individual writers who want to bring their writing to the professional level.

You’ll find inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities peppered throughout.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

Start your journey toward better writing today.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is now available in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon, and it will be coming soon to other online bookstores, including Smashwords, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple’s iBookstore. I’ll make an announcement here on the blog as soon as the book is available everywhere.

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Enter to Win a Free Copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises

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Giveaway: 101 Creative Writing Exercises.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises yet, here’s your chance to get one for free.

From today through Wednesday, April 17, Goodreads is hosting a free giveaway of 101 Creative Writing Exercises.

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

Click here to learn more about 101 Creative Writing Exercises

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in, click “Enter to Win” below (after the jump) for your chance to win a copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises. The contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

101 Creative Writing Exercises by Melissa Donovan

101 Creative Writing Exercises

by Melissa Donovan

Giveaway ends April 17, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Writing Around the Web

Since today’s post is so short, I thought it would be a good time to share a few guest posts I’ve written for other blogs in recent weeks:


Pinterest: A Visual Marketing Tool for Writers and Bloggers,” The Creative Penn. Pinterest turned out to be a surprisingly viable marketing tool for me, both as a blogger and as an author. In this post, I share tips and strategies for using Pinterest to market books and blogs.

The Art of Using Literary Devices and Techniques,” Fiction Notes. Find out how the study of literary devices and techniques will refine your writing.

5 Classic Character Archetypes,” Novel Publicity. Character archetypes are identifiable by their purpose to a story. Learn about five universal character archetypes and how they enrich a story.

I hope you’ll check out these posts and enter the contest to win a copy of my book. After that, I hope you’ll get back to writing!

April is National Poetry Month

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2013 poster for National Poetry Month by Jessica Helfand.

Today is April 1st. All around the world, people will celebrate today with jokes and pranks. For us writers, April 1st marks a different celebration: a celebration of poetry.

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets as a way to draw attention to poetry. Today, a range of government agencies, leaders, educators, publishers, poets, and arts organizations participate in National Poetry Month.

Whether you read poetry, write poetry, or simply want to show your support to poets and the literary community, April is a great time to get involved.

There are many ways to participate, and we’ll get to those shortly. First, let’s find out what National Poetry Month is all about.

What is National Poetry Month?

The Academy of American Poets describes National Poetry Month as follows:

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.




Let’s Honor Poetry!

There are countless ways you can honor and celebrate poetry throughout the month of April. The Academy of American Poets has suggested 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Here are a few more:

  • Share a poem: send a poem to a loved one (or send one poem a day throughout the month). Write your own poem or share one of your favorites. You can also find poetry online and share it on your website or via social media.
  • Speaking of social media, use it to promote poets, poetry, and National Poetry Month.
  • Check out the poetry writing tag here at Writing Forward, where you’ll find several dozen posts filled with poetry prompts, exercises, resources, and tips.

Here at Writing Forward,we’ll be celebrating National Poetry month with a few new posts on poetry. I’ll also share poetry-related articles via our social media accounts throughout the month.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating National Poetry Month. How will you honor poetry this April?

10 Ways to Celebrate National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day: March 4, 2013.

It’s March 4th. Every year on this day, word-nerds, linguists, and writers honor National Grammar Day. The event is hosted by Mignon Fogerty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl.

In Grammar Girl’s own words, “Language is something to celebrate, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!”

So how can we celebrate this day? What can we, as writers, do to further the cause of good grammar and improve our own writing by strengthening our grammar skills?

How to Celebrate National Grammar Day

  1. Use your blog or social media accounts to tell your friends and followers about National Grammar Day and to promote good grammar in general.
  2. If you’ve ever published or shared a piece of writing and later discovered an embarrassing typo, you’re not alone. Check out these funny typo stories.
  3. Educate yourself on the top ten grammar myths.
  4. Treat yourself to a style guide or grammar resource. I recommend Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, The Elements of Style, or The Chicago Manual of Style as the three best starter resources for writers.
  5. Explore good and bad grammar around the world by perusing Grammar Girl’s Flickr stream.
  6. Commit yourself to a week of learning grammar with this calendar of daily grammar tips.
  7. Send a National Grammar Day e-card to “the language lover or worst language offender in your life.”
  8. Read through Writing Forward’s own grammar tips.

Last but not least, enjoy this “March Forth” video, and make sure you click through to YouTube so you can check the “About” tab (beneath the video) to get the lyrics.

Now, march forth and embrace good grammar everywhere!

Writing Forward’s Milestones and Top Posts of 2012

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Writing Forward’s milestones and top posts of 2012.

Every year brings new readers and old friends to Writing Forward, and I am both honored and grateful to be a part of the wonderful online writing community.

Our readers (and fellow writers) have come a long way in the five years since I started this blog. Some of us have discovered the joy of writing for the first time and set out on a path to write as hobby or to pursue a professional career in writing. Some of us have launched blogs, gotten our work published, or self-published. We’ve worked to improve our writing and have reached out to connect with readers and the greater writing community.

I hope that writers all around the world will take some time at the end of the year to reflect on what we’ve each accomplished and to look ahead in considering our goals for the future, both as writers and as human beings.

2012 Milestones

Writing Forward reached a few exciting milestones this year:

  • For the second time, Writing Forward was named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” by Writer’s Digest.
  • I published the first book in the Adventures in Writing series: 101 Creative Writing Exercises.
  • Finally, Writing Forward reached a huge milestone in traffic. We’re now seeing 100,000 visits per month, which feels to me like a rather huge audience!



Top Posts of 2012

Three All-Time Favorite Evergreen Posts:

Writing Forward is fortunate to have a lot of evergreen posts. These are older posts from the archives that still get a lot of traffic, tweets, and shares. The three most-visited evergreen posts this year were “25 Creative Writing Prompts,” “20 Creative Writing Careers,” and “12 Essential Writing Habits for Strengthening Your Skills.” All of these evergreen posts were published prior to 2012.

The Best of 2012:

Here are the top ten most popular posts that were published this year on Writing Forward:

  1. 12 Character Writing Tips for Fiction Writers
  2. Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs
  3. The Characteristics of Good Writing
  4. 10 Grammar Rules and Best Writing Practices That Every Writer Should Know
  5. Writing Tips: Show Don’t Tell
  6. 20 Fun and Inspiring Character Writing Ideas
  7. Essay Writing Ideas, Topics, and Publishing Tips
  8. 10 Ideas for Descriptive Writing
  9. Five Things I Learned in Creative Writing Class
  10. How to Find and Choose Ideas for Writing a Book

In with the New…

It’s been another great year here at Writing Forward. I’m eternally grateful to all of our readers, especially those who engage in discussion by leaving comments and who share their favorite posts on social media networks. It’s an honor to be a member of a writing community that is so warm and supportive.

But now, let’s talk about you. Was 2012 a good writing year for you? Did you make progress on or complete any significant writing projects? What are your writing goals for next year? Share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment. And keep writing!

Happy New Year!

10 Outstanding Creative Writing Blogs

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The best creative writing blogs.

Over the years, I’ve found some truly outstanding creative writing blogs.

Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorites. Some of these blogs offer helpful writing tips, techniques, and ideas. Others broadcast the latest news and information in the world of reading, writing, and publishing. All of them are incredibly useful.

I hope you’ll check them out.

Outstanding Creative Writing Blogs

  1. The Write Practice: Each post presents an essential writing concept (with an emphasis on storytelling) and includes an exercise at the end, which prompts you to put the concept into practice.
  1. Writer Beware: Keeping writers informed and safe, Writer Beware publishes “warnings about the schemes, scams, and pitfalls that threaten writers.” It’s one of the best writer advocacy sites on the web!
  2. Novel Publicity: This is a one-stop-shop where you can pick up quality tips and insights on writing, publishing, and marketing, plus access a full suite of professional services for writers. If you’re thinking about self-publishing your work and need some help, this is a good place to go.
  3. Wired for Story: I’m bummed because it looks like this one hasn’t been updated in a few months, but it doesn’t matter — there are gems of wisdom in the archives. And if you haven’t picked it up already, get the book Wired for StoryIt’s a must-read for fiction writers!
  4. The Writing Reader: This blog is packed with writing prompts based on words and images interspersed with link round-ups and the occasional article on craft. Each post includes prompts for a variety of forms, including fiction, journaling, art, and nonfiction.
  5. The Passive Voice: This treasure trove of news and information gets updated several times a day, often with excerpts from some of the best articles on creative writing from around the web. I find something worth reading here every single day and have discovered new blogs and websites too!
  6. Write to Done: It’s no wonder this is one of the most popular writing blogs. It’s clean, crisp, and maintains high editorial standards. If you’re looking for top-notch advice on the craft of writing with a few posts on publishing and marketing sprinkled in for good measure, this one’s perfect for you.
  7. The Creative Penn: Joanna Penn is a successful, self-published novelist whose books have sold over 40,000 copies. She has a wealth of experience to share. Her site features tons of valuable resources on writing, publishing, and marketing, including fully transcribed podcasts and interviews with writing professionals.
  8. Booking Through Thursday: Technically, this is a blog for readers rather than writers. But as we all know, plenty of reading is necessary to good writing. There’s a new post every Thursday that poses a question about books and reading. Be sure to check out the comments, where readers share their responses to the weekly questions.
  9. A. Victoria Mixon, Editor: My favorite thing about this blog is Victoria Mixon’s voice. She speaks honestly and with experience and wisdom. At the same time, her posts are a delight to read. She covers a wide range of writing-related topics and is highly active in the online writing community.

I’m always on the lookout for creative writing blogs. If you have any favorites you’d like to share, leave a comment. (I’m especially looking for blogs on the craft of poetry writing.)

Enjoy, and keep writing!

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