Category Archives: Writing

Choosing Point of View

Determining point of view (POV) for your story may seem like an easy thing to do. You pick a view and start writing. However, understanding that choosing point of view is one of the most important decisions you will make when writing your story. Choosing your point of view affects how much the readers will…

Coping with Rejection

Rejection slips. Is there anything worse than those humbling, preprinted letters, too light to trick you into thinking your SASE might contain an acceptance, too impersonal to tell you why? Rejection slips are the writer’s gremlin, the nagging suggestion that we don’t measure up. What can we do about them? How can we live with…

How Writing a Novel Actually Works

This infographic shows some of the myths believed by new novelists. Many new writers believe that writing the first draft is the hard part. In fact, when you finish the first draft you work has hardly begun. You may get a chuckle from this graphic, or you may find that it is too true to…

Writing to Win

Excerpted from Writing contests offer more than just the joy of being published. They offer not only the sense of being accepted, but the sense of having won. They are the ultimate affirmation of one’s ability as a writer. But what does it take to be a winner? Every year, thousands of writers enter competitions…

Setting Effective Writing Goals

One of the greatest challenges we face as writers is the lack of “structure” in our job. There’s no one to tell us what to do, when to do it, how to do it — or even whether we’ve done it well. (While acceptances are certainly a sign of success, rejections are not necessarily a…

How to Write Concisely

‘Write concisely.’ That phrase should be familiar. Chances are, your high school teacher or college English professor said that to you, and it is good advice. There are some serious benefits and advantages to concise writing. The three most common reasons why people should write more concisely are: writing concisely magnifies the power of your…

Pseudonyms, Pseudonyms, and More Pseudonyms

A letter to the Inquiring Writer drew a flurry of questions about pseudonyms. In response, we ran three separate “Writing Desk” columns on the topic — so here’s a host of tips on writing under a name other than your own! How do I copyright my pseudonym? I write under a pseudonym. I am currently…

Finding Time to Write

Are you wondering when you’ll find enough time to start writing? If so, I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you’ll never have more time than you do right now. The bad news is… well, that is the bad news. Time is never “found.” Time can only be “made.” If you…

How to Write Faster

If you want to write a book or if you want to write for a living, one of the biggest factors that will determine if you make a good living with writing is your writing speed. Writing faster is not just a matter of how fast you type. You have to actually compose your thoughts…

How to Write a Book

If you want to increase your reputation as an expert, you need to write a book. If you want to highlight your skills as a writer or researcher, you need to write a book. While blog posts and articles can help you establish some level of credibility with your target audience, nothing communicates your expert…