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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.
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!
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.
Every writer knows how it feels to "not be in the mood" to write. This feeling comes in the form of procrastination or focusing our attention on some other "more important" task. So how do you get yourself into a writing mindset? Here's a few tips on how you can start approaching writing today.
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.
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.
If you've been blogging for a while, your blog is probably filled with tons of posts. These posts have built credibility for your blog and established your web presence over the years. Luckily, there's plenty of ways to repurpose your blog content. Here's ten ideas to help you reuse the great resources you've already made.
When you think of the perfect writing place, you might imagine a quiet place without any distractions. Many writers dream about a cabin with nothing but a notebook and a beautiful summer's day. Unfortunately, this dream doesn't exist where most writers live, and even if you do live by the woods, chances are it isn't a beautiful summer most of the time. However, that doesn't mean you can't and won't find the perfect writing room. Here's six things your writing space should have.
You've got tea on your desk and a word document open on your computer. You take a sip of your tea for inspiration but find that you're having trouble writing. Ideas flowed out from your fingertips yesterday, but the words won't come out today. Luckily there's plenty of methods to help boost your creativity and inspiration. Here's five different writing exercises to motivate yourself during the writing process.