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For many writers, grammar rules are trusted guides through the sometimes murky world of creative writing. If you want to be a good writer, you should follow the rules, right? Well, put down that red pen and close your style guide, because the grammar gurus know that sometimes you can — and even should — break grammar rules. GASP! Yes, it’s true! There are more than a few grammar guidelines that, contrary to popular belief, aren’t written in stone.

10 Grammar Rules You Can Break (Sometimes!)

Ending a sentence with a preposition. While many writers believe this is true, it isn’t. You can end a sentence with a preposition (words dealing with location in space or time: at, for, from, with). …


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Certain professions, hobbies, or activities come with preconceived stereotypes. But the truth is, not all librarians are old maids wearing horn-rimmed glasses, not all auto mechanics are men, and not all grannies sit in rocking chairs and knit. Writers also tend to be typecast, and the writing life is often romanticized or misrepresented. Here is a list of the most common misconceptions about the writing life and writers — and shines a light on the surprising reality!

Misconceptions About The Writing Life And Writers — Debunked

All Writers Are Introverts

Here’s the timeworn image of a writer: Sitting home alone, wearing a cardigan, drinking coffee, and typing away for hours. Okay, wearing a cozy cardigan is simply a smart fashion statement. But, while writing is typically a solitary endeavor, it doesn’t mean all writers are introverts. In fact, more than a few famous writers have been extroverts (Hemingway and Twain, to name two literary greats)! …


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If you want to improve your health and be fit, it helps to exercise. The same rings true for writing: If you want to improve your writing skills, you need to exercise your creative muscles. Unlike writing prompts, which hope to inspire full works, creative writing exercises target a specific skill and focus only on improving that technique. The experts have put together a list of creative writing exercises that will help you stretch and improve your skills.

Creative Writing Exercises To Strengthen Your Writing Skills

1. Have your characters dine at a “blind restaurant.” In dark dining, the room is pitch black and all the servers are blind. …


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In the dark of night, after hours of writing, editing, and proofreading…eek! THE END is near! The end of writing your short story, essay, poetry, or book, that is. Now that you’re finished writing and it’s time to start submitting your work, you may be feeling a bit leery. Perhaps you’re haunted by the possibility of getting rejections. Or the idea of having to spend hours researching markets makes your blood run cold. Don’t panic! Here are some of the best tips to help you get over the fear of submitting your writing to literary journals or agents.

How To Get Over The Fear Of Making Submissions

Ward off the fear of rejection. For many writers, the idea that editors or agents may reject the manuscript they’ve worked so hard on is enough to stop them from making any submissions. The easiest way to overcome this mental roadblock is to realize that rejection happens to every writer, from Stephen King to Dr. Seuss. In fact, the average rate of acceptance is one out of 100 submissions. So, while rejection letters may seem like an approaching horde of zombies, each rejection will actually bring you one step closer to the dawn — and an acceptance! …


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Self-publishing your book means you have to make a lot of decisions, and one of those will be about ISBNs. Should you purchase your own or use the free ISBN provided by the publishing platform? Is it worth the cost? What is an ISBN’s purpose? Here are all the answers self-publishing authors need to know to make the right choice!

Answers To Your Questions About ISBNs

What Are ISBNs?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, which is essentially a numerical identifier for books. An ISBN consists of thirteen digits (any issued before 2007 have ten), and each one is unique to the book it represents. ISBNs are used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, etc., …


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You may have noticed that the time you set aside for writing is slowly disappearing. Whether your hours are now spent homeschooling, videoconferencing, or searching online for elusive cleaning products, your writing time has slipped away. Life can get busy and even topsy-turvy — but that shouldn’t mean giving up all the time you’ve scheduled for writing. Here are ways to reclaim your writing time while juggling everything else life throws at you.

5 Ways To Reclaim Your Writing Time

Get back on schedule. You may have pushed writing aside to make room for new tasks. But if your writing commitment gets relegated to “I’ll work on it later” or “maybe tomorrow,” it’s not going to happen — other responsibilities will always get in the way. Whether you choose once a week or every day, get yourself back on a writing schedule, and stick to it! Writing time must be held just as worthy and important as any other activity. …


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Maybe you’re unpublished, so you don’t consider yourself a “real writer.” Or perhaps you have had some publishing success, but you’re still convinced your writing isn’t great — and that you’ll soon be exposed as the fraud you think you are. Even well-known published authors can experience this creeping self-doubt. Doubting your abilities despite having proof otherwise is called impostor syndrome and it affects many writers. If you’re telling yourself you’re not a writer, it’s time to stop! …


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Many writers participate in National Novel Writing Month during November. This marathon writing event draws thousands of participants who attempt to complete a 50,000-word novel in just thirty days. It may seem intense, but NaNoWriMo can also be a lot of fun — if you pace yourself and remember to eat and sleep! Here are some important self-care tips to help you with surviving National Novel Writing Month.

Self-Care Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo

Fill Your Tank With The Right Fuel

Coffee may be a writer’s best friend (and a major way to power through late-night writing sessions), but please don’t forget to drink water! Did you know that 90% of our energy is derived from oxygen? And since water contains oxygen, drinking it will fuel your energy source. So, as you pour yourself into your story, be sure to pour yourself some water to stay hydrated. …


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Move over, bulky websites! The latest trend in website design is the one-page website, also known as the scrolling design. Many authors are making the switch from multiple, crowded web pages to this sleek, minimalistic design where readers can easily scroll through the content. But before you jump on this web design bandwagon, check out the pros and cons to decide if a one-page author website is right for you.

One-Page Author Website: The Pros

Very Easy To Use: One-page websites are incredibly user-friendly. They eliminate the need for confusing navigation and prevent your important content from getting lost within countless pages.

Mobile-Friendly: The scrolling website was specially designed for mobile devices. A one-page author website displays your information in a way that’s perfect for a typical smartphone screen. It scraps clunky design elements like menu bars with an overabundance of submenus, endless rows of columns, and overlapping images and graphics — all things that don’t work well on a cell phone display. …


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In fiction, a name helps readers form an image of what a character looks and acts like. If you don’t believe us, try picturing Frodo Baggins with the name Mycroft Holmes, or Darth Vader as Atticus Finch. The right names can help your readers really connect with the characters in your short story or novel. And depending on how many characters are in your story, you might have to come up with a lot of names! Use these strategies and tips to give your characters the best names and make them more real and memorable for your audience.

What To Consider When Giving Your Characters Names

Time frame: In creating the right world for your story or book, the appropriate names are important. Mildred was a popular girl’s name in the 1920s, but you won’t find many parents giving that name to their daughters today. Tybalt is a great name for a medieval knight, while Zyla is more suited for a warrior living on Mars in the future. …

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