using metaphors

Using Metaphors to Enhance Your Writing

A while back, I wrote a piece that had nothing to do with food, but food became a running metaphor while I was revising. The food metaphor was so delicious (or maybe I was so hungry) that I rewrote the entire post with food on the brain. The blog posts I write with metaphors always…Read More

writing tips: know your audience

Writing Tips: Know Your Audience

It’s an old adage for writers: know your audience. But what does that mean? How well must we know the audience? And does knowing the audience increase our chances of getting published or selling our books? Some writers insist that the best way to write is to just write for yourself. Sit down and let…Read More

writing tips writing is rewriting

Writing Tips: Writing is Rewriting

Those of us who spend a lot of time studying the craft of writing inevitably come across bits of writing advice that we hear over and over again: show don’t tell, write what you know, and kill your darlings. These writing tips can be a bit cryptic, but the one about revisions is crystal clear:…Read More

writing tips write what you know

Writing Tips: Write What You Know

A common piece of writing advice is¬†write what you know. When I first heard this advice, I thought it was odd. I don’t remember where I first heard it, but I remember thinking that as far as writing tips went, it was absurd. What about writing from your imagination or your feelings? How do genres…Read More

how to critique

How to Critique Other Writers’ Work

As a writer, it helps to be thick-skinned. Professional writing is a highly competitive and saturated field in which criticism is omnipresent for two important reasons: 1) It’s the most efficient way for writers to improve their skills, and 2) Written work is often positioned to receive widespread criticism upon publication. And guess what? Everyone’s…Read More

show don't tell

Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

The first time I heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” I was young and it confused me. Show what? Isn’t writing all about telling a story? At the time, I shrugged it off as some kind of mysterious double-talk, but the phrase kept popping up: show, don’t tell. It rolled off my teachers’ tongues. I…Read More

writing tips do it anyway

Writing Tips: Do It Anyway

  From a distance, writing looks like one of the easiest jobs in the world. You get to set your own hours. You’re not tied to a place of employment. And you spend your days making up stories. However, writing is anything but easy. It can be thrilling, exhilarating, daunting, and exhausting. Sure, sometimes it’s…Read More

talent

Talent Isn’t Everything

Every writer hopes for talent, but what is talent, exactly? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary offers several definitions: a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude. general intelligence or mental power: ability the natural endowments of a person Talent gives people an edge or a head start. With talent, you can learn faster and perform better. Success isn’t…Read More

writers block

How to Defeat Writer’s Block

Wikipedia defines writer’s block as “a¬†condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.” However, I have come to believe that in most cases, writer’s block is a symptom, not a condition. Before we can cure writer’s block, we have to diagnose it. Writer’s block…Read More

interviews with authors

Interviews with Authors Are Packed with Writing Wisdom

You don’t have to search far to find creative writing tips. There are tons of books, websites, and magazines that will let you in on the secrets of creativity and good, strong writing. But if you want the inside scoop on what it takes to be a successful author, wouldn’t it be best to get…Read More

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