Posts tagged Writing tips
Posts tagged Writing tips
The demands of everyday life often leave little time for the actual craft of writing. Between day jobs, errands, family, and the never-ending submission process, it’s hard to carve out time each day for creativity. This is why many writers seek residencies or writers colonies. They offer a place for writers to live in a community of fellow writers and artists for a specific period of time. They offer instructors, discussion groups, and direction for those who want it; best of all, it’s a place where writers can set their own schedule and concentrate on craft. Personal space and free time for creative writing—who wouldn’t jump at the chance?
Here’s how to begin the search for the perfect retreat.
(Also, check out our classifieds for a great list of writing residencies, colonies, and retreats.)
Have you checked out Web Design Relief? There, you’ll find great-looking, affordable author websites designed by experts who understand writers. And the Web Design Relief blog has excellent tools to help writers expand their online presence, promote their writing, and create a social media strategy. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite Web Design Relief articles. Enjoy!
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In today’s publishing industry, your success as an author can hinge on whether or not you have a Web presence. ‘But what about the quality of my writing,’ you may ask. ‘Isn’t that what’s really important?’ Yes… and no.
You can write the greatest short story, poem, or book in the world — but if no one knows about it, you’ve basically created the literary equivalent of one hand clapping. So what’s a smart way for authors to help their writing careers and get the word out about themselves and their work? Start a blog!
Some writers may look down their bespectacled noses at the idea of blogging. Is it (shudder!) beneath me? Not if you’re serious about getting published. More and more literary agents, editors, and publishers turn to author websites and blogs when researching writers. If they can’t find you, they’ll simply move on to someone else.
For other authors, the idea of writing a blog sends shivers up their book spines. Isn’t blogging complicated? Not to worry! If you already have the writing chops, all you need to do is follow these key tips and start typing.
A writers group offers many advantages: constructive criticism of your writing, moral support from fellow writers, even the opportunity to discuss issues related to writing—finding editors, getting published, and promoting your work on social media. You can find virtual writers groups that allow authors in many different locations to communicate regularly with one another via the Internet. But what if you want some face time with other authors, and there aren’t any local writing groups near you? What do you do? Start a writers group!
Writing can (and should!) be a creative, uplifting, enjoyable process. However, once the initial writing is complete, the next step is editing your draft. And figuring out how to edit your own writing is usually where the writing process becomes less “fun” and more—let’s be honest—agonizing.
How so? Overly critical authors will be convinced their well-written work is terrible. Meanwhile, overly confident writers will be certain even their least thought-out work is sheer perfection. So how can you effectively edit your own writing?
Here are seven tips to help you objectively improve and edit your own writing.