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Creative Writing Jobs Near Me

Creative Writing Jobs Near Me

Do you want to earn money from your writing? Maybe you have a bachelor's degree in creative writing, or perhaps your head is brimming with innovative concepts that look great on paper. Either way, creative writing jobs near me? There are plenty. Because,...

Writing Background: How to Write a Fiction Backstory

Writing Background: How to Write a Fiction Backstory

Are you struggling to create characters that feel real and unique? Perhaps you’re striving to build a world that feels lived-in and distinct but not quite finding the glue that holds it all together. Maybe you should consider writing a background story....

Mastering Writing Mechanics: How to Write Like a Pro

Mastering Writing Mechanics: How to Write Like a Pro

Definition: Writing Mechanics are the set of rules that govern how written language should be used. What Are the Proper Writing Mechanics? Writing mechanics are essential for producing clear, concise and error-free writing. At the core of writing mechanics...

5 Writing Styles to Engage Your Audience

5 Writing Styles to Engage Your Audience

Definition: Your writing style is the way your writing comes across to your readers, and it includes sentence structure, syntax, and voice. When writing for an audience, it’s important to engage them in a way that suits your purpose and message while also...

What Is a Central Idea and What Makes a Good One?

What Is a Central Idea and What Makes a Good One?

Definition: A central idea or main theme has the general purpose of tying together all elements used by an author to tell a story or deliver a message. What Is a Central Idea and Why Is It Needed? At its most basic level, a central idea is what your entire...

How to Write a Clincher Sentence That’s Memorable

How to Write a Clincher Sentence That’s Memorable

Definition: A clincher sentence is a type of sentence used at the end of a final paragraph to reinforce your main idea and give your reader a sense of finality. What Is a Clincher Sentence and Why Is It Needed? A clincher sentence is a concluding sentence...

Writing Essentials: Understanding Conflict (pt. 2)

Writing Essentials: Understanding Conflict (pt. 2)

In the first part of our exploration of conflict on the page, we explored how to place obstacles in a protagonist's way — forcing them to demonstrate their mettle. We considered David Mamet's suggestion that all great stories respond to the premise,...

Writing Essentials: Understanding Conflict (pt. 1)

Writing Essentials: Understanding Conflict (pt. 1)

A man walks into a room, finds the files he wants, and strolls out. Done. Objective achieved. The character has an objective: tick. He has a strategy: tick. He completes it: tick. But his actions don’t really encourage those page turns. Why? The sequence...

How to Hook Your Reader with a Great Opening Line

How to Hook Your Reader with a Great Opening Line

Do you struggle to find a starting point for your novel? To write a great opening line that hooks reader? Do you find that you only really find your rhythm by the third chapter? Maybe you feel you’re starting your story at the wrong place? Many writers focus...

10 Writing Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

10 Writing Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

  As if writers need a new distraction like writing podcasts! We must have the cleanest houses in all the world because — let’s face it — if there’s something we can do other than write, most of us will do it! Procrastination, after all, is the writer’s most...

How to get paid to write short stories

How to get paid to write short stories

Are you a brilliant creative writer but stuck in a job you hate? Maybe you spend all day answering phones or serving coffees when all you really want is to sit at your desk, creating worlds and characters that live out your fantasies? Being a new writer is...

How Much Do Writers Make Per Book in 2022?

How Much Do Writers Make Per Book in 2022?

Congratulations – you wrote a book! Whether you’ve been editing for months and years, or managed to blast through a draft during this year’s NaNoWriMo festivities, sooner or later you’ll be looking for agents and publishers. While you’re working on getting...

How to Get a Book Published the First Time in 2022

How to Get a Book Published the First Time in 2022

Wondering How to Publish Your First Book for the First Time? It’s 2022! For millions around the world, that means it’s a “New Year, New Me”, and you know what that means: hundreds, if not thousands, of aspiring writers dreaming of the day they can publish a...

9 Of The Best Day Jobs For Writers

9 Of The Best Day Jobs For Writers

As a writer, you’ve probably indulged, at least once, in a variation of the following daydream: all the time and freedom in the world to write about whatever subject your heart desires; millions of dollars in passive income ticking over from your previous...

How To Earn More Money Writing Fiction

How To Earn More Money Writing Fiction

Earning money from writing can be tough, and if you’re a fiction writer, you might think that your only option is to work your day job and write in your downtime – at least until you make it big! It can take a while to earn a full-time income writing...

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