Jul 9 You’re probably thinking, “Sure, been there; done that. I didn’t even bother to collect the t-shirt.” There is a point in every writer’s life when he just doesn’t feel like writing. Whatever the reason may be, it does not matter when you’re that point. You just probably want to do anything but write, but let me give you a little tug – back to earth. Source If you’re a writer, you should write even if you don’t feel like it. Of course, there are exceptions, but if you want to be a better writer, then you’ll have to push yourself [Read more…]
Jun 4 Are you stuck on something today? Are you having trouble getting a paragraph/chapter just the way you want it to? Maybe you ought to take a break. Maybe you have to do or write something totally different from what you are supposed to be working on. Or maybe, you just want to write something totally new, something not related to work – even if you’re not stuck. Here are seven writing prompts that may get you out of your comfort zone, maybe give you a laugh, or maybe even take you to a state where you realize you are more [Read more…]
May 28 “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway Image source These days, though, who has time to read as many books as one wants? I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but with work always waiting to be finished, it is very difficult to find the time to read what I want every day. Sometimes, during the weekend, I sneak in a couple of hours of reading in between doing household chores, email, and tons of other things that still need doing. As writers, though, the importance of reading regularly cannot be emphasized enough. [Read more…]
May 15 Writer’s block is that thing we all dread, yet happens now and then. We have a very useful resource on the topic of writer’s block and how to move past it, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, here’s a short list of go-to ideas that can help you come up with a blog post without having to go through the sometimes excruciating process of smashing that block to pieces. These blog post topics are rather general in nature, and you can tweak them and play around with them as much as you want to when you find yourself [Read more…]
Mar 20 Having worked online for almost a decade, I do believe that there is such a thing as accidentally plagiarizing. After all, how many times and/or ways can a subject be written about? At some point, an online writer might find himself writing the same words and ideas that he has read somewhere else – without the intention of copying. But, the road to hell is paved with adverbs good intentions, right? Source Then there’s the other side of the coin – other people copying your content. You may think that it won’t happen to you, but believe me, there are so many unscrupulous [Read more…]
Feb 28 BOO! OK so that’s all I got. That’s my splash. Spectacular wasn’t it? Kidding. Seriously though, all this labor and angst over finding your “voice” as a writer… does it really have to be so damn hard all the time? (Hint: OF COURSE IT DOESN’T.) Sorry, was I shouting? Forgive me, it’s all the pent up passion y’know. Wreaks havoc with my social filters. Anyhoo, you probably already know the usual tips to finding your writing voice and groove, like: Write a lot. Write a lot more. Then write even more.