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How to Recover from Destructive Criticism (And Eliminate it!)

Have you ever felt the need to voice a harsh opinion about someone’s writing or other creative work—even though your input wasn’t asked for? And did you ever deliver such criticism with facetiousness, sarcasm, or worse, outright malice? Be honest. Don’t worry, no one will know. If yes, the next question is very important. Why? […]

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Traditional Time Management for Writers? Why It Doesn’t Work (And What To Do Instead)

Did you resolve, on January 1st, to “get more writing done” this year? Have you ever bought a book on time management, or read a bunch of blog posts on productivity, and tried really hard to make someone’s clever system work for you? How did it go? Chances are, you ended up disappointed. Perhaps you felt […]

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Why You Need to use a Pen Name (And How to Go About Finding One)

Do you need to use a pen name? It depends. There are some important reasons why it’s a good idea. There are seven reasons why you might choose to use a pen name: 1. Your name is difficult to spell and remember. For example, you may have a long, hyphenated name or your name is […]

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The 6 Best Writing Resources – Great Writing Challenge: Part 2

If you want to climb a mountain, you need equipment. You need a map, protective clothing, hiking boots, food, and water. Oh, and taking a guide along is also useful. It’s the same with the Great Writing Challenge. After dusting off your writing dream, you need to make it come true. And for that, you need […]

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How You Can Unleash Your Writing Power

Do you want to unleash your writing power? Seems like a dumb question. After all, every aspiring writer wants to tap into their hidden talent. Even just a few years ago, aspiring writers were forced to get an agent and attract a publisher before getting their words out there. But the online revolution has empowered […]

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Writing Practice: What Happened Here?

It’s time for some writing practice. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, we need to exercise our creativity. What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? Here’s how it works: We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in […]

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Are Your Ready For The Great Writing Challenge 2016? [Part 1: Overcome Barriers]

From the Editor-in-Chief, Mary Jaksch: Do you have dreams of writing a book? Or of starting a journal, writing a memoir, creating a report, writing guest posts, writing a blog, or any other activity that involves writing? Make your dreams come true in 2016 and achieve your writing goals! Just imagine how proud you’ll be […]

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Write A Blockbuster – Part 2: 10 Tips For A Successful Launch

If you’ve read Part 1, you’ll know how to write a Blockbuster. But what about launching it? Imagine this: You’ve completed your book. After all that hard work, you finally have a finished product. And you’re excited to launch it! But nothing happens after the launch. It’s enough to demoralize the strongest among us. All of […]

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How To Write A Blockbuster: The 10-Step System [Part 1]

Do you dream of writing a blockbuster? But you have no clue how to go about it. The blank page on the computer stares a hole into your soul, haunting you. Perhaps you’re writing your first book, and are terrified it’ll flop. Dismal sales. Indifferent reviews. Crickets on social media. Ouch. The fear of pouring your […]

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Why More Practice Can Make You A Worse Writer – And What To Do Instead

Drayton Bird has wryly observed that some people have 20 years’ experience, and others have one year’s experience repeated twenty times. You probably know a few such people yourself, which is why the quip is funny—but the problem actually hits closer home than we might expect. It turns out that even thoughtful people who are […]

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