Category: Creativity

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing

Crafting clear, simple sentences that connect with your readers sounds simple.

But it’s really, really not.

Many academic institutions teach you the exact opposite of how to write in this way.

That means that when you’re blogging, you want to write a commercial book, or even when you’re a poet, it can be very difficult to convey your ideas clearly and sharply.

In fact, writing clearly and expressing your ideas in a simple way is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll face, particularly when you first start out.

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Power Dressing for Authors

You may be wondering why power dressing matters for authors.

You may want to argue that it doesn’t.

But from the minute you write your first words to when you read your finished piece to your audience, your outfit matters.

The clothes we wear affect how we feel.

When we dress scruffy, we feel scruffy.

When we power dress, we feel empowered. We feel in control.

This feeling of empowerment affects every step of our writing process.

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The Elusive Art of Writing Confidence (And How to Build Yours)

I knew that I couldn’t write. I’d sent manuscripts to publishers twice in my teens, and they’d both been rejected, which proved that I had no talent. I still scribbled down my poems and stories, but I accepted that they’d never give pleasure to anyone but me, and that I was being self-indulgent and probably pretentious in writing them.

Eight years since last feeling like that, I’ve had over 200 poems and stories published, won 14 writing competitions and awards, and had two poetry collections published by small presses. My first novel, Pride and Regicide, is out in a few months from the prestigious publisher Crooked Cat. I still get rejections all the time, smile ruefully and carry on.

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(Un)likeable characters

Do your characters have to be likeable? Or are other traits more important?

Discover how to write (un)likeable characters in my new guide!

Download your guide on how to write unlikeable characters

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