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6 Ways To Practice Descriptive Writing

The words don’t always flow well when we sit down to write. Sometimes we have to start off working on a creative writing prompt, take a walk, or even just sit back and sip on our coffee for a moment. 404 more words


So You’re Thinking of Becoming a Writer…

Why do you write? If you’re thinking of becoming a writer, it means you already write, and you’ve been doing it for years, no matter if anyone ever got to read your creations. 769 more words

Writers Tips

How to Keep Your Character Engaged

You’ve probably seen Chuck Palahniuk’s quote before. He prefaces it with “One of the most common mistakes beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone.” I have to add that the second most common mistake beginning writers make is to have their characters actually fall asleep in front of other characters. 946 more words


Word Cities (Revisited)

For today’s blog, I’m resurrecting something from my archives that I wrote 10 years ago.

Ten YEARS ago.


That was back when I first started blogging, and before I took a several years’ hiatus from it.   266 more words


13 Habits of Ridiculously Prolific Writers

Have you ever wondered how some writers manage to write thousands of words every day — while you can barely squeeze out 500 words after an hour of trying (and failing) to focus? 255 more words

Meg Dowell

Writing Lessons From Hamilton

Not long ago, I was listening to Hamilton: An American Musical non-stop all the way through, and while I was listening, I realized three fundamental (writing) truths at the exact same time. 1,037 more words


Science writing tip #4: Read with a critical eye

This tip applies to all writers, scientists and non-scientists alike: you should read to improve your own writing. As scientists, we read to add to our understanding of our research fields. 346 more words

Academic Writing