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Have you ever tried to learn another language? Maybe you’re onto your third or fourth. Once you hit a certain age, linguists say that acquiring additional languages is difficult.

As in no bueno.

Okay, if we’re honest, our first language can be hard, too. We struggle to imagine what it’s like for those who are learning English as a second language. If that’s you, bravo!

The BBC’s Matthew Anderson helped us remember this when he shared a little-known “rule.”Read More

June 14, 2017
How Kickstarter Can Fund Your Next Book Project
By: Ryan Sanders
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How Kickstarter Can Fund Your Next Book Project

Meet Ryan Sanders. He’s innovating the way we get published.

Ryan Sanders wanted to write a book ever since he was in high school. After an English teacher praised an essay he wrote comparing Dead Poets Society to Jesus’ passion week, Ryan knew that writing was in his bones.

Ryan enjoyed writing, the problem was that Ryan had no clue where to start. He was happy as a writer; frustrated with publishing.

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I made this mistake for years. You don’t have to.

These words are killing your writing (and mine). Let’s cut them out.

 

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Your writing feels lifeless,
Your writing feels dead.
How will you ever, ever, ever get ahead?

Theodor Geisel authored 29 books beginning in 1939. He wrote with unsurpassed flare under the pen name Dr. Seuss, and his work is a veritable college course in creative writing. Among the lessons writers can learn from his work:

  • The rhythm of your writing matters. Always read it aloud before publishing.
  • Your writing should be fun and enjoyable to read.
  • Nothing substitutes for strong style.
  • Sometimes shorter is better. After all, most of Dr. Seuss’s books are a handful of pages long.

But some of the best lessons on writing comes not from the structure and syntax, but Dr. Seuss’s prose itself.

Here are 3 writing tips from Dr. Seuss’ most famous books:Read More

May 10, 2017
What to Do When Your Topic Rankles Your Readers
By: Jonathan Merritt
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Every day, I’m in the business of navigating the murky waters of tough topics. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned many lessons the hard way.

Here are two words that are essential to writing well on tough topics:

April 26, 2017
How to Build a Platform and Protect Your Soul
By: Margaret Feinberg
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On April 15, I scrolled through a tweet from Beth Moore regarding the “people of the brand.” Her words challenged me, but like others, left a pinch of confusion.

The tweet sparked a long twitter conversation, perhaps because it hit such a deep nerve.

Something we all see. We all feel. We all wrestle with.

Beth Moore responded with a full post on the subject, apologizing for her out-of-context tweet. She calls us Christward when she writes:Read More

April 19, 2017
Why Using a Pen Name is a Risk that Writers Shouldn’t Take
By: Jonathan Merritt & Margaret Feinberg
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Are you afraid to share personal stories because of potential blowback from friends and family? Have you ever thought it might be easier to publish your work anonymously or under another name?

One of the more frequent questions we have received from young writers over the years is, “Should I use a pen name?”

We only need one syllable to respond: No.Read More

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As an acquisitions editor at a large publishing house, hundreds of book proposals pass through my inbox every year. Here’s my best advice on how to make yours stand out.

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Ever sit to write but the words feel flat and the style feels indistinguishable?

You’re not alone. I do too.

Every writer must take time to develop a unique writing style that will set them apart from others like them.

Which is why I decided to ask one of the most unique writers I know to share her secrets to writing with flare.

When I read Ann Voskamp’s writing, I have to remind myself to breathe.

When I read One Thousand Gifts, my tears drenched the pages. I called friends and family members to read it aloud to them, pausing to wipe my cheeks on each call.Read More

March 3, 2017
Quotes Can Kill You: Here’s How to Use Them Well
By: Margaret Feinberg
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Hey! It’s Margaret here, and I’m excited to share a super-duper practical quick tip with you this week.

I made a big bad boo-boo a few years ago that taught me a tough lesson about when and how to use quotes.

Watch this so you don’t have to make the same mistake I did.

Check out the video below and I’ll share the easy rules I’ve learned to live by.

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