4 Ways to Plan Your Writing
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4 Ways to Plan Your Writing

Few people can sit down and start writing. Most of us hem and haw as we mentally walk through how to get from introduction to conclusion. It’s called ‘prewriting’ and everyone does it. What differs is the method–what best suits our communication style? Here are four approaches I’ve seen work for writer friends: Brainstorm/Mindmap Brainstorming, also … Continue reading

10 Hits and Misses for 2015
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10 Hits and Misses for 2015

Since I started this blog six-and-a-half years ago, I’ve had almost 1.2 million visitors, 3300 on my busiest day, with over 14,000 comments on the 1,238 articles I’ve written on every facet of writing. I have several columns: writer’s tips (sign up by clicking here) book reviews (Fridays) tech tips for writers (occasional) In between, I write what’s … Continue reading

End-of-Year Tips: 19 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer
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End-of-Year Tips: 19 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. These are activities that could (or should) be done once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do them yearly. Like this week. There are two ‘speed’ problems that arise when using computers: the computer itself is slow, for lots of reasons … Continue reading

21 Tips from Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style”
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21 Tips from Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style”

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

Proofing Your Manuscript–Ten Tips
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Proofing Your Manuscript–Ten Tips

Here are ten great hints from professional proofer Randall Davidson, cofounder of ProofreadingServices.Us, a proofreading company that offers manuscript proofreading.He shared these with WriterUnboxed (a wonderful resource for savvy writing tips and tricks) and I’m going to share them with you. Enjoy! Put it away. Proofreading your novel immediately after you have written it can … Continue reading

4 Reasons You Want a PLN and 13 Ways to Build One
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4 Reasons You Want a PLN and 13 Ways to Build One

When a colleague tells you s/he heard about a writing competition from someone in her PLN, do you first wonder what she’s talking about–not the contest but the three-letter acronym? Or maybe you think, ‘Of course [Amanda] has a PLN. She’s a geek.’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide writers with … Continue reading