Inspiration

The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using

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I have a confession to make: Even though I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and even though I’ve written about the benefits of this particular tool in the past, for many years now I have largely ignored my own advice. It’s a writing tool suitable for everyone, regardless of skill. It takes very little investment […]

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

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Kat Gonso, our fiction director at Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing, recently wrote an article called Why You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference … Now. This is a topic I know you’ll appreciate, so here’s a little clip: For years, I talked myself out of attending a writers’ conference. I’m not good enough. What if […]

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Your Free Trial of The Author Accelerator Book-Coaching Program

I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when […]

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Stop Asking Yourself If You Have Writing Talent

Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question: Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of […]

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What Charlotte Brontë Taught Me About Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Benison O’Reilly. I like to mix up my fiction reading—commercial versus literary, classics versus contemporary. A year or so ago, I decided to tackle Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Mrs. Gaskell, as she was simply known, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and the novel has been described […]

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Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. If you’ve read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, you’ll know—regardless of what you think of the narrator’s morals—it’s full of rich language: literary allusions, elevated diction, alliteration, detailed and unusual imagery, and wry humor. Nabokov handles his rather sordid subject with a linguistic sophistication any writer would admire, […]

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