How to Write Smarter: 5 Basic Steps to Create a Writing Habit

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If you want to get more writing done or improve your skills, there's no easier way than by creating a writing habit. Even if you're starting out in the writing world or recently suffered from a dry spell, making a conscious effort to sit down and put words down seems like a monumental overtaking. If you're anything like me, you probably procrastinate. I'm infamous for prosrasticleaning my home, checking emails, and even twittering before I write. My point is that writing takes serious Continue Reading

16 Common Grammar Mistakes to Watch for in Your Novel

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English grammar is so confusing! As a person who has spent her life studying literature and grammar, I can tell you the language is probably the most complicated you could learn. Grammar rules follow from subjects like math, science, and just about everything else than the language itself. Unlike many romance languages, English grammar didn't come about due to the natural way people talk. So today, people don't speak in grammatically correct sentences most of the time -- making things more confusing. Anyway, Continue Reading

Defeat Impostor Syndrome with These 9 Reframing Techniques

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"Who am I to share my writing with the world?" you may ask. "I'm not Stephen King or any of these other famous writers. What do I have to offer the world?" If this sounds like you, you're probably suffering from impostor syndrome. Don't worry. I have too. Impostor syndrome affects people in various professions, from athletics to music, and more. The syndrome doesn't only happen to creative people, but they do all seem to be in the process of striving toward something new and better. It's Continue Reading