Writing fiction is such a strange animal. On one hand, we expect writers to write what we know (a bit of bad writing advice that I have a love-hate relationship with).
On the other hand, we expect writers to challenge their art of storytelling and tell tales from perspectives and scenarios far different from their own. Continue reading “Improving Your Writing: Open Yale Courses”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing, it’s that we need to apply most writing rules sparingly. Just as in life, you need to have a good balance of both breaking and following the rules. Here are my six least favorite pieces of writing advice: Continue reading “Good Writing Advice- Not!”
Sometimes, the hardest part about writing is simply sitting down to do it. Between work, family, and social obligations, the time and motivation to write is often chipped away at and ultimately put off until “tomorrow.”
Of course, tomorrow comes, and none of yesterday’s demands have lessened (and may have actually increased), and so the cycle continues.
When it comes to being a writer, maintaining consistency in your writing practice is what makes or breaks your success. Continue reading “7 Tips to Improve Your Writing Time”
Krista– the fabulous lady who taught me SO very much about blogging– is hosting two FREE independent webinars! I very much encourage anyone wanting to monetize their blog to check out her courses, Curious Words wouldn’t be the same without them! See the links to sign up for them below. Continue reading “Free Blogging Webinars”
When I first started blogging, I was fresh out of grad school. I’d never blogged before, so when I began writing for Curious Words, I tackled it like I had for all of my research. Continue reading “5 Tips on How to Write in Blogging Style”
Today’s a two-for-one deal! I did a side-by-side comparison of two PDF annotators that I regularly use: Evernote and the Adobe Acrobat app.
Most of my reviewing I do in Word, but there are instances when a PDF annotating app is either necessary or more convenient. Continue reading “My Two Favorite PDF Annotating Apps: Evernote vs. Adobe Acrobat”
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As an English teacher, I have been eyeballing Grammarly’s features since their founding in 2009. Sadly, none of the districts I worked in thus far utilized the platform for its grammar and plagiarism-checking abilities, so I am only now getting to play with it. Continue reading “Grammarly: Free Services Review”
Writing is so often regarded as a solitary act that we miss out on the benefit of belonging to a writing community. When we publish, our writing joins a much larger conversation of fiction; to really be successful in that, engaging with the writing community is a must. Continue reading “My 5 Favorite Writers’ Social Media Groups”
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This week, I decided to open up my tech vault for story planning and plot lining tools. When I cracked that vault’s lid open, a few moths flew out and Evernote huddled in the corner all alone.
I guess I’ve been a touch low-tech in my practices. No more! Continue reading “Useful Apps for Writers: SimpleMind Free”
Me, eight weeks ago:
Laid out in rows and piles and stacks before me are various scraps of paper, notepads, and magazines. My computer browser has an ever-growing bookmarks list in files like “Writing Resources” and “Blog Resources.” I am riffling through them all with growing frustration as I try to find “that paper” upon which I had written down my latest and greatest idea.
Sound familiar? Continue reading “5 Ways to Organize Your Writing with Evernote”