When a writer prewrites, they're looking to prepare themselves for what's to come. Whether that's expanding the imagination or getting ready to put thoughts into words, the prewriting process is important to help boost your creativity and give you a direction. Here's a few prewriting strategies that you can use to start improving as a writer today.
"How can I improve my writing skills?" That's the question every writer asks, no matter if they're writing book one or twenty. As writers, we're always looking for ways to improve our writing skills. However, what if I told you that while you can't magically improve your writing skills, there's 10 easy steps you can take to help improve them. Here's 10 ways you can use to improve your writing skills, no matter the level, today.
Imagine this: a literary agent reads your query letter and decides to check out the opening to your story. You've passed the first test (writing that query letter and getting their attention), and now it's time for them to be bedazzled by your writing. But how you do go about starting a novel? Here's seven tips on how to write a good first chapter.
Sometimes the muses stop singing in your ears, or you're not sure what topic to tackle next. And with so much content on the internet, you might start asking yourself "how can I come up with blog ideas? Especially ones people want to read?" Here's five tricks you can use to brainstorm and come up with blog ideas people will actually want to read.
Everyone loves a cup of a piping hot tea -- I know I certainly do, especially when I'm in for the long haul. Okay, I'm sure there's some coffee people out there. I get it. But I'm not talking about actually drinking tea (even though I'm pretty sure my blood is made of it by … Continue reading Why Writing is Like “Spilling the Tea”
A little over a year ago, I started publishing on this blog. I've been consistent with posting writing advice and keeping the information on my pages as current as possible. As someone that's been blogging for a little over a year, here's everything my blog taught me.
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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.