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We’re all storytellers here

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One of the best ways to practice writing is to write stories. Even if you primarily write nonfiction or poetry, you should try your hand at short stories. No matter what you’re writing, your job is to tell a story.

In Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury recommends…

5 principles that work better than a New Year’s Resolution

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We’re well on our way through January — which means you may be a few weeks into your “New Years Resolution.” It’s a natural urge to reflect on a new year and makes plans for things to be different.

Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to sustain their resolutions. In…


How I found writing success this year

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The shutdown in March provided the perfect opportunity. For a few years, I had wanted to start a blog but had struggled to get it off the ground. All of a sudden, I had more time on my hands — and fewer excuses. …

3 tips to help you write more every day

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To succeed as a writer, you need to write consistently over a long period. Preferably, you should be writing every day. One of the most challenging things about going from a fledgling (or wannabe) writer to a professional one is carving out the time and space to write every day.

How to unlock your hidden insights

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In the 21st century, creativity is the number one skill. We’re riding on a wave of new products, new technologies, new ways of doing things — and it’s not slowing down; in fact, it’s only getting started. …

Write to understand, don’t wait until you “know” something

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Last year, I took a writing class at a local writing loft. It was a beginner’s class, and you could feel the nervous atmosphere — most of the people there were not accustomed to sharing their writing, and their discomfort of the process was evident.

A young woman shared a…

How to turn a destructive emotion into a benefit.

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Jealousy is a powerful emotion. It’s often destructive — it contaminates your heart and soul and makes it impossible to enjoy anything in your life. In Othello, Shakespeare writes of jealousy:

“But jealous souls will not be answered so.

They are not ever jealous for the cause,

But jealous for…

Suggestions from 10 masters of the craft

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Writing is hard work. Some days the writing flows, but others — it feels like torture to get even a little trickle out. I have found that by working consistently, I can eke out even a few words every day. …

How to prioritize writing that is slow, thoughtful, and deep

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I write all my first drafts by hand. I also journal every morning — by hand. I attribute both of these approaches to my writing success: I consistently write 1.5–2k words per day.

This habit may seem charmingly old-fashioned in our digitized age. We have laptops, smartphones, desktop computers. …

#3—A massive jump in confidence

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For many years, I considered myself a writer, but I never wrote. ‘Someday,’ I told myself, ‘I will write down everything, and I will become a famous writer.’

For some reason, I held onto this thought despite no evidence for it. Why do only writers seem afflicted by this particular…

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