Monthly Archives: February

Using Visuals to Inspire Scenes

by Ellen Buikema There are times I’m absolutely certain of the characters’ surroundings, the shape of the scene crystalizes in my mind and I can write it all in one sitting. Don’t you love those times? But there are moments when that just ain’t happenin’. I see the setting as one of the story’s characters,

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10 Expert-Blogger Tips for Rock-Solid Success

If you’re chasing blog writing clients or you’re trying to manage a lot of work at the same time, you might be feeling a little out of breath. You know…maybe you’ve got blog writing gigs with multiple clients in different niches. Or maybe you’re trying to get more freelance work writing blog posts, and pitching

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Two Reasons to Write About Departures

Whether leaving for vacation or a job in a new city, departures can be stressful, exciting, and full of conflict. Use this prompt to reimagine a departure today in your writing time.  I’ve been working on crafting more emotional scenes, and in reviewing some old journals, I stumbled upon an entry about the ways we’re

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The Best MasterClasses for Writers

Have you heard of MasterClass? It’s an online platform where you take online courses taught by the world’s best in different fields, from acting to dancing to culinary arts to, yes, writing. We recently took a deep dive into MasterClass’ offerings to find the best courses for writers. Here are our nine favorites. A quick

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