Letting Go of Your Writing Fears

Have you ever worked a long time on your writing just to have someone critique everything about your piece? Maybe someone told you it sounded like a first draft even though it was the tenth. I'm sure every writer has been there at least once. But getting over our writing fears is how we grow as writers. It takes courage to have someone take your work and circle everything with a red pen. You can let go of your writing fears by learning to embrace critiques and rejection.

Planning and Writing the First Draft (of anything!)

Writing the first draft is one of the most exciting things in a writer's journey. This is the first time you're working with your characters/information and putting it down into prose for your audience. However, it can also be daunting to write and finish the first draft. Sometimes there's a lot to keep track of, and you want to make sure you're putting yourself in a good position for when you start making revisions. Also depending on your work's length, it can take a long time to finish the first draft. But how do you write a good first draft? Let's find out!

How to Obtain Quality Blog & Social Media Followers

Remember the elated feeling you got when you acquired your first social media or blog follower that isn't your mom? It's great when someone from the outside is interested in you and what you have to offer! Yet there's many people out there who follow others on social media just to promote themselves. Here's five ways you can start targeting more engaged accounts today.

Why I Sometimes Blog without Keywords

As a content writer, I understand the value of finding and optimizing your writing with keywords. Inserting keywords can help Google understand what your article is about and, therefore, will rank the post for those words. I even wrote a piece about SEO content writing and some tricks to help master it. But keywords aren't everything: here's why.

Five Things English Teachers Should Teach their Students

Ah, high school English class: it's the place where you first read Shakespeare, learned the five-paragraph essay format, and wrote those annual research papers. While English class can be incredibly rewarding, there's a few things I wish English teachers taught me while I was in high school (and even college to an extent). After all, English is an incredibly valuable subject, especially since people don't seem to focus on creating good writing in a world of texting. Here's five things I wish English teachers taught me in school.

Five Reasons You Should Add Writing Skills to Your Resume

Maybe you've been blogging for while or did a little freelance work here and there. If so, you should consider adding writing as one of your skills on your resume. Professional writers are needed in every industry because words communicate ideas, instructions, and knowledge. That means writing is one of the best skills you can have on your resume. If you've done professional writing, here's five reasons why you should include your writing skills on your resume.

Blank Pages: How to fill them with Meaningful Words

Whether you write digitally or on a sheet of paper, all your writing starts with a single blank page. However, once you start to fill the page with words, you doubt yourself. You then decide to erase and rewrite what you wrote. It's not a secret that writing is a process. There's drafting, outlining, character creation, and structuring your narrative. That means the words you write will go through multiple edits as you work through the piece. Yet how do you start filling your blank page with meaningful words? Here's a few tips on how you can write content that makes it into your final draft.