Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

The 6 Most Common Writing Mistakes that are Missed When Editing

By Freddie Tubbs Grammar and punctuation can be tricky subjects to master, even for the most experienced writers and editors. But they can make a huge difference in the impact your writing has and the authority you demand. If you’re highly knowledgeable about a topic, but the grammar is not spot-on, your credibility on the subject can suffer overall. Ensure

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Writing an Author Bio

By Alicia Honeycutt If you want to make a good impression on readers, you need to give them high-quality contents and also prove that you are a reliable author. More than 90% of contemporary business followers want to see opinions from industry thought leaders. That’s what makes a successful bio one of the crucial elements of the author’s credibility. There

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Silence Your Inner Critic With Improv Writing

By Chris Mandeville Nothing banishes a writer’s critical inner editor like improv writing. Just like improvisational acting, improv writing is off-the-cuff, unplanned, uncorrected artistic expression, and it can be a powerful tool for sparking inspiration, enhancing creativity, and boosting productivity by shutting up that pesky inner critic. I learned about improv writing from a group that meets at a bookstore each week

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Cut & Paste Your Way to Inspiration with Collages

by Chris Mandeville   Arts and crafts, anyone? Get out your old magazines, some scissors and glue, and a poster board because—believe it or not—creating a collage can serve as a powerful writing tool. Just ask award-winning bestseller Barbara Samuel (who also writes as Barbara O’Neal): “Collaging gives me a way to brainstorm without words, to find the mood and

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Deep dive into a writing retreat!

By Christina Delay Three weeks ago, 14 writers set out on a mission. The mission? Cross off as many bucket-list items as we could, create as many new memories as possible, study writing craft, write lots of words, and develop relationships with some of the top professionals in the publishing industry. Mission: Success! Cruising Writers, led by hostess Christina Delay,

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