Kathy Laffoon

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Craft Your Fiction

We’ve done some pretty fun and constructive blog series on writing, if I do say so myself. To make them as accessible as possible, I’ve converted my …

No More Paint By Numbers – Five Exercises To Diversify Your Writing

<b>It’s not just how often you write</b><br>A little while ago, I wrote a post about seizing the available snippets of time in your day to write. How often you …

Creative Writing

Top 10 Best Book Opening Lines

Sometimes, you can tell whether or not a text is worth your time just by its opening line.<p>There are some books that you pick up, turn to the opening …

10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises for you to enjoy.<b>1. 7x7x7</b><br>Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the …

Creative Writing

9 ways to brainstorm story ideas

Many authors are teeming with story ideas, so they just need to pluck one and develop it into a novel. But newbies and even a few veteran authors …

3 Ways to Start Your Novel

by Ruthanne ReidBeginnings matter.We only get one chance to hook our readers, to pull them in, to guarantee they <i>must</i> read on. That’s probably why so …

Stephen King

On Writing Well (5 Big Tips)

We learned recently that William Zinnser has died. He was known primarily as the author of <i>On Writing Well</i>, a classic guide to composing non-fiction. …

11 Signs You Have the Grit You Need to Succeed

There are a ton of qualities that can help you succeed, and the more carefully a quality has been studied, the more you know it's worth your time and energy.<p>Angela Lee Duckworth was teaching seventh grade when she noticed that the material wasn't too advanced for any of her students. They all had …

Self-improvement

The Most Important Skill You’ll Need to Succeed at Work

As the workplace changes, so do the skills necessary to succeed. And boy, according to a report put out by the World Economic Forum in Davos, …