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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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