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17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

10 Steps to Painless Estate Planning

Nobody wants to think about dying. But just a little advanced planning can save your loved ones loads of aggravation.<p>We get it: Nobody wants to …

The #1 Essential Skill EVERY Writer Needs to Learn

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master — Ernest HemingwayThere are many types of writing in the world:Article writing, …

Politics and the English Language

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by …

How To Write A Book And Stay Motivated During The Process

How To Articles On Books Writing<p>Updated June 30, 2018 336 Views 0 Comments<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>+1<p>Flip<p>Share<p>Buffer<p>10 Shares<p>5/5 (7)<p>You want to know how to write …

30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

How Much It Really Cost Me to Publish a Kindle Book

Amazon lets you upload a book to the Kindle store for free, so I guess that means there’s no costs involved in self-publishing a book anymore, …

Retiring? Here Are 3 ETFs to Keep Your Nest Egg Growing

You can't let up on the gas when you quit work.<p>Saving for retirement takes an entire career, but even after you retire, there's still more work to be …

The Plant Paradox

• <b>Author:</b> Dr. Steven R. Gundry, M.D.<p>"I read this book... it worked. My autoimmune disease is gone and I'm 37 pounds lighter in my pleather." --Kelly Clarkson<p>Most of us have heard of gluten—a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on …

The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They're Wrong Is to Show Them How They're Right

When you’re debating a topic with someone, it’s in your best interest to avoid flat-out telling someone they’re wrong. All it does is make the other …

Pascal

The Best Diner in Every State

Fine dining is great and fast food is fine, but sometimes all you crave is good old-fashioned diner fare. Find our picks for the best mom-and-pop …

Nurse charged in death of H.R. McMaster's father

PHILADELPHIA — A nurse was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and falsifying documents to make it appear she had performed required exams on President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser’s father before he died at a Philadelphia senior care facility last …

Common habits that won’t help your writing career

Things you shouldn’t do that you might be doing<p>Writing is a way to express a thought, information or idea to another person without speaking. It is …

Writing

Science proves that happiness begins at 50

With all the reasons for Americans to feel worried, it’s fun to imagine an alternative reality, one in which beneficent aliens descend from the sky …

Middle Age

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writers

You’re currently living in the best possible time in history to be a writer. You have no excuses.<p>With an internet connection and a keyboard, the …

How to Write a Great Novel: A Simple Guide from a Bestselling Author

You’ve always wanted to write a novel. But something’s stopped you.<p>Maybe you’ve tried before, only to get thirty pages in and lose steam because:<p>Your …

The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone

<i>Patricia Hampl | Excerpt adapted from</i> The Art of the Wasted Day<i> | Viking | April 2018 | 18 minutes (4,735 words)</i> On the night of Monday, March 30, …

Literature

5 Things to Do the Moment a Loved One Passes Away

You might not be thinking about the practical tasks that need to be accomplished as soon as possible, but these steps are critical to safeguard an …

‘Messy attics of the mind’: what’s inside a writer’s notebook?

Scribbled observations, dinner party conversations, flashes of perception ... inspired by Henry James’s jottings, Paul Theroux, Susie Boyt and Amit Chaudhuri share their note-taking habits<p>The mystique of a writer’s notebook seems still to be with us in this digital age. Perhaps it’s because a …

Mark Twain

Freelance Writing Jobs Online: Leads & Legitimate Places to Find Work

With the growing necessity of small, medium, and large business to have a strong online presence, writing opportunities are on the rise. But as the …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Creative Writing

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

Ever Wanted to Learn to Knit? We'll Show You How It's Done

At first glance, knitting looks pretty complicated. All those hand motions, not to mention an endless number of knots. It definitely takes some …

Knitting

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

When to Delete 'That'

Sometimes people get overzealous about deleting every "that" they can find in a sentence. Here's why you need it sometimes.<p>Episode #601<p>play …

Language

BBC Radio 4 - 21 Shades of Noir: Lee Child on John D MacDonald - Six Writing Tips from Lee Child

As the author of the internationally renowned Jack Reacher series, Lee Child knows a thing or two about grabbing the reader’s attention. Here are some of his top tips for all you aspiring writers out there.<p>Author Lee Child<p>1. Set daily word counts<p>“I try to do about 1,500 in a day. That is …

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Financial Advisor

You want an adviser who gets you.<p>When Ellevest asked 1,000 women and 1,000 men about money recently, we found that women are way less satisfied with …

When To Use A Semi-Colon

USE THE SEMI-COLON TO ACHIEVE CLARITYGeneral Rule<i>The semi-colon joins and separates equal parts.</i>The semi-colon is stronger than a comma and not as …

William Shakespeare

Confessions of a Novelist

"What I mean to try for is the observation of that strange moment when the vaguely adumbrated characters whose adventures one is preparing to record are suddenly there, themselves, in the flesh, in possession of one, and in command of one’s voice and hand."<p><b>I</b><p>I have hesitated for some time before I …

Literature