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How to Avoid Writing a Boring Story

This is the time of year when many writers (or aspiring ones) commit to the fun madness that is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a huge ubiquitous event, with thousands of people spending the month of November writing a novel. It can surely be a fun exercise in creativity, stick-to-itiveness, and high-goal-setting. But regardless

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Keys to Email Copy That Converts

What’s that one email that made you quickly click “open”? Was it funny, thought-provoking, or did it have a freebie? According to email marketing statistics, emails with personalized subject lines have a higher chance of being opened (26% higher). Personalization is vital because people want to be seen as individuals. But how do you personalize

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Fresh Writing Sells: Power To The Hug

by Margie Lawson Why a blog about hugs? Because on the page a hug may be blah-blah. But it could carry this kind of power. Her arms wrapped around me like chains, her whispered words the lock sealing my fate. Wow. Steena Holmes, NYT Bestseller, 2-time Immersion Grad, wrote that hug. Look at the words

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6 Assignment-Seeking Tips from a Digital Nomad

So you want to get into travel writing? Every day you flick through dozens of glossy magazine features. You scroll past hundreds of aspirational Instagram posts about travel writing. You’ve probably even heard about some Irish guy who started with a $50 ad on his travel blog and went on to earn $1 million in

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How to Write the Climax of Your Story

Writing your story’s climax isn’t easy. And even when you outline it properly, including a great villain and a high-stakes task, putting it all into words can be quite a challenge. Perhaps the most challenging part of it, though, isn’t getting the words down. It’s getting the right words down. As a judge of several writing contests,

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What Microtension Is and Why Writers Must Master It

Note: This post was originally posted in August on Writer’s Fun Zone here. Tension is created by lack. Lack of understanding, lack of closure, lack of equilibrium or peace. When your readers have questions, that creates tension. When they need to know what happens next, that is tension. Masterful writers keep their readers in a

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