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    Tip of the Day, Creative Writing Tips

    Our creative writing tips are short, helpful tidbits of information that you can apply to your writing right away. Use our Tip of the Day for easy-to-apply advice that you can use to improve your writing or help you get published.

    Breaking into Corporate Writing For Freelancers: Contracts & Rates

    freelance writing | corporate writing

    If you are interested in corporate writing, read today’s tip of the day from 102 Ways To Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less by I.J. Schecter. Before accepting any writing assignment, … Read more

    Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal: Sample Chapters

    book proposal | publish a nonfiction book

    In today’s writing tip Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco, authors of Publish Your Nonfiction Book, discuss one of the nine essential elements to a book proposal–sample chapters. Always begin with your first … Read more

    Writing Fiction: The Three Types of Lead Characters

    Writing a Book: Types of Characters | Revision & Self-Editing James Scott Bell

    Today’s writing tip comes from Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. If you are writing a fiction book, you’ll need to create a strong lead character for your … Read more

    Six Reasons For Using An Epilogue

    setting in writing | between the lines

    You need a clear reason for writing an epilogue, and it cannot be used to simply tie up loose ends, which you should do during your falling action. Without a proper purpose … Read more

    The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

    careers for english majors | freelance writing skills

    Today’s writing tip discusses freelancing for a living. If you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer and wondering what skills you need to survive within the freelancing world, today’s writing tip … Read more

    4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Writing Scenes

    fiction writing | scene length

    Today’s writing tip comes from Make a Scene by Jordan E. Rosenfeld and focuses on scene intentions, or goals for your protagonist. Read on to learn four questions to ask yourself when … Read more

    Writing the Book You Were Meant to Write

    book in a month | how to write a book in a month

    Today’s tip of the day comes from Setting and Keeping Goals, a chapter in Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. Here she discusses how to write the book you were … Read more

    Breaking into Travel Writing: The 5 Elements of Writing Travel Articles

    travel writing | how to write a travel article

    If you want to break into travel writing, either as a full-time travel writer or as a freelance writer, you’ll need to know how to write a travel article. Today’s writing tip … Read more

    The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

    fiction writing | getting published

    Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 … Read more

    What Every Fiction Writer Should Do Before Submitting A Book to an Agent

    find an agent | book agent

    If you aspire to write a fiction book and get published the traditional way, you’ll need to know what to do before you query an agent. Today’s tip comes from Get an … Read more

    16 Blogging Tips For Writing Fresh Content & Attracting Readers

    Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

    If you already write a blog or are thinking of creating one, you’ll need to know how to attract and keep your readers interested. Today’s tip comes from Christina Katz’s book Get … Read more

    3 Steps For Overcoming Writer’s Block

    writing a life story | how to write nonfiction

    This writing tip addresses overcoming writer’s block and is excerpted from You Don’t Have to Be Famous by Steve Zousmer.  Being stuck at the start creates a special kind of frustration. Before … Read more

    Starting a Freelance Career: A Couple Frequently Asked Questions

    How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction

    Are you new to writing and exploring what type of writing you want to do? This eBook excerpt, How Do I Start a Freelance Career?, from the Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, covers everything … Read more

    4 Techniques For Improving Your Writing Style

    grammatically correct the essential guide | how to improve your writing skills

    Today’s tip of the day comes from Grammatically Correct and describes some techniques for improving your writing style and for assessing how well your efforts are succeeding. Not all these strategies will … Read more

    Marketing a Screenplay

    WM Companion

    If you don’t have an agent, and have no contacts in the business, you can still market your script on your own. Before you try, however, take one preparatory step: Register your … Read more

    How to Sell Books Like Wildfire

    ultimate guide to marketing | marketing tips

    Building a fire is a great illustration for authors who want to sell more books. Here’s why. Read more

    3 Built-In Book Marketing Tips

    How do you create an effective book marketing tool? Follow these three guidelines. Read more

    Beware of Reading Fees & Contests

    Writing Basics 2012

    There are certain red flags that should catch the eye of any writer. Here are a couple simple ones that will save you time (and money). Read more

    Spotlight On: Object Poems

    object poem | how to write an object poem

    Are you interested in writing poetry? There are many different types of poetry, but today’s writing tip spotlights object poems. Discover what an object poem is and see examples of object poems … Read more

    Avoiding Cliches in Writing

    writing a novel | novel writing mistakes

    Don’t write another cliché novel or use clichés in your novel (here are some cliche examples)! Learn what to avoid from 179 Ways to Save a Novel by Peter Selgin. A writer’s … Read more

    Writing a Mystery Novel: Creating a Villain & 5 Ways To Justify a Crime

    how to write a mystery novel | how to write a crime story

    Are you thinking about writing a mystery novel? Before you begin writing, create a plan or outline for your story. Then figure out what you want your villain to be like. What … Read more

    Scene Structure: How to Write Turning Points

    how to show and tell in writing | turning points

    Are you in the middle of writing your story and wondering how to write a scene that indicates a turning point? Learn about turning points and how to show them within your … Read more

    Defining Conflict: What Conflict Is and Isn’t in Writing a Romance Novel

    how to write a romance novel | story ideas

    Are you thinking of writing a romance novel or in the planning stages of writing one? Learn what conflict is and how to use it in your romance novel. Today’s tip of … Read more

    3 Writing Critique Questions You Must Ask Your Prospective Critique Partners

    review a manuscript | writing a novel

    Are you done writing your novel or book? Are you eager to share it with family and friends first before getting a professional manuscript critique? Learn what questions to ask your prospective … Read more

    Accomplish Your Writing Goals: Make a Schedule and Meet Your Deadlines

    the productive writer | free time managment tools

    The most disheartening place to be and feel as a writer is stuck. And the most possible place to be is in motion—moving toward our goals. At every turn, we have a … Read more

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