Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

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I often see questions in Facebook writing groups about whether reading makes you a better writer. My answer would usually be a resounding yes, but when you think about it, the real answer is “it depends.” For example, if you’re an avid reader of nonficiton (read: me), you’re not going to necessarily be a better … Read more

Self-Care for Writers

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Self-care is on a lot of lips (and a lot of memes) these days. Open up any social media or Pinterest “inspirational” account, and you’re bound to see “self-care is not selfish” and “take care of yourself” messages. But self-care means different things to different people, and it can look different depending on your lifestyle or line of work. Here’s a list of ideas for self-care for writers.

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January is long gone. How are those resolutions coming?

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January is a busy month for commitment-makers. Every year, people ponder what they’ll accomplish in the year to come, and many make new year’s resolutions, hoping this will be the year they finally accomplish some long-held dream. But as January fizzles out, so do most resolutions. By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, most people … Read more

Put Your Family First

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Family Day is coming up February 18th. Put your family ahead of your work, even if it feels like you’re giving up your dreams. The reality is, you’re not giving them up—you’re just putting them on hold for a little while. And this little while is so incredibly important.

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How To Stay Creative as a Nonfiction Writer

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For years, I believed the lie that I wasn’t a creative person. Watching several people around me create handmade items, and sometimes being blatantly judged for not being handy, I felt that there wasn’t a creative bone in my body. But it turns out there’s more to art than working with your hands. Writing, whether … Read more

You’re a writer: own it!

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When someone asks you that antiquated, useless question, “so, what do you do?” How do you respond? Sometimes the answer to that question isn’t as straight-forward as people think it should be. I personally do a lot of things. I take care of three children, I currently travel full-time, I make friends everywhere I go, … Read more

7 New Year’s Resolutions for New Writers

New Year's Resolutions

The end of the year is fast approaching, and many people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Are you making the right ones to grow your writing career? In today’s guest post, Celia Abernethy shares 7 New Year’s resolutions that will actually make a difference for new writers.

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Social Media & Email Interactions: How to Stay Professional

You’ve all witnessed it: the troll. The person who makes comments on social media to get a rise out of people; the person who misinterprets what was said in a post and then attacks the original poster, the person who name-calls. 

Not only do trolls upset people, they also soil their own reputation, and sometimes ruin their own lives.

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