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Don’t Let Your Age Be a Reason to Not Write

Today’s guest post is by teen writer Enette Venter. 

If you are a teenager and you are writing, then chances are someone is going to tell you stop. Might be a parent who wants you to follow a better career plan or a friend who thinks you’re just not cut out for it.

Everyone will try to have a say about you and your life the minute you decide to write a book.

“Writing doesn’t really pay,” they’ll tell you.

“Perhaps writing can be your hobby when you’re older.”

“Just don’t let your writing distract you from your schoolwork.” Continue Reading…

8 Tips for Writing Success from a Writing Genius

Today’s guest post is by Fred Johnson.

The late David Foster Wallace (1962­–2008) has long been recognized as a literary genius by those qualified to decide such things. His 1996 novel Infinite Jest blew critics away with its complexity, inimitable style, and sheer length, and his other novels, along with his essays, short stories, and works of nonfiction, have been praised as works of startling originality and substance.

While it would be unwise to try to imitate Wallace’s own idiosyncratic style, it’s undoubtedly a good idea to listen to what this giant of American letters had to say about writing and getting stuff done.

So without further ado, here are David Foster Wallace’s eight tips to make you a better writer. Continue Reading…

6 Bad Habits You Can Write Without

Today’s post is by Paula Hicks.

All writers have some bad habits. What’s difficult, though, is spotting our own. We may be unaware of the bad habits that are harming our productivity.

The good news is it’s possible to change those bad habits and get into more positive ones. Your writing will show a marked improvement when you do, and you’ll produce higher-quality material.

So let’s take a look at six bad habits writers often succumb to and ways to combat them.

Waiting for Inspiration

The mistake that nearly every writer makes is to sit back and wait for inspiration. Sometimes writers don’t appreciate that writing needs to be treated as a job. You have to work at in constantly. It could be a long wait for your muse to call round! Continue Reading…

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