Writing Motivation: How to Win the Marathon of the Middle of Your Novel

October 20, 2023

You’ve written your first few chapters, and you even have your killer ending planned. Then you hit the middle of your book manuscript, and all of a sudden it’s as if you’re running in sand. Most who fail at finishing their books tell me they lost their writing motivation somewhere in what I like to […]

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Tone in Writing - A Simple Guide for Authors

Tone in Writing: A Simple Guide for Authors

July 7, 2023

Guest blog by Tami Nantz If you’re confused about the difference between “voice” and “tone” in writing, you aren’t alone. Many writers conflate the two.  Whether you’re writing a novel, a blog post, an article, or a poem, it’s important to know the difference so you can communicate with readers in a way that resonates.  […]

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100+ Creative Writing Prompts to Hone Your Skills

December 7, 2022

How do you become a better athlete, musician, scholar—or anything? You know. Practice.  You run drills, play scales, review flashcards, whatever it takes. So how do you become a better writer? Speaking only for myself, I feel I get better by exercising my writing muscles. In other words, I write. Many of my colleagues swear […]

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How to Start Writing a Book: A Proven Process

March 8, 2022

You have a great idea and you want to start writing a book. You love to write. You’re told you have a way with words. Your friends and family might even be encouraging you to write. But you struggle with: How to begin How to start fleshing out your ideas How to know whether the […]

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16 Daily Writing Exercises to Unblock You, Improve Your Craft, and Trigger Your Next Big Idea

October 26, 2020

Writing can be grueling. Some days you feel you have what it takes. Other days, you want to go back to bed. Even after writing almost 200 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers, some mornings the blank page just stares at me. I feel like a fraud, fear I’ve lost it or never had […]

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