Do you really need to outline your writing?

Should you outline your writing? Image description: Left hand writing on a notebook and right hand resting on a laptop keyboard. image by free-photos on pixabay

Do you outline your writing? Let me be honest right off the bat: I don’t outline my writing. Having said that, I’m not a fiction writer and I don’t often write long pieces; I’m often writing blog posts or articles that are made up of 1,500 words or fewer. The few times when I’ve written something slightly longer, I have

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Mind Map for Content Creation: Resources for Writers

Writing Resources Mind Map. The words "resources for writers" is in the middle, and several related words are connected to it by lines.

Over the course of the last year and a bit, I’ve shared several mind maps for niche diversification, which means taking a niche and thinking about related niches, so you can find more leads and earn more as a freelance writer. I’ve also shared a handful of content creation mind maps, where I start a topic and then come up

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Indigenous Authors for June 21st

t-shirt on a woman shows the word "resilient."

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. Canada has an extremely complicated history with its indigenous peoples, and unlike many would like to think, this history is recent—as recent as 1996, when the last residential school closed.  The history between settlers and Canada’s indigenous people didn’t end with the signing of treaties—some of which continue to be dishonored.

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Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

Man smiling while reading a book. Photo by nappy from Pexels

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 fiction writer because of it.

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