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Ever sit to write but the words feel stifled? Or the inner critic roars its ugly head?

You’re not alone. I do too.

Every writer must develop their own technique to overcome the inner critic that whispers that you, your story, your words, somehow aren’t good enough.

Which is why I decided to ask one of the most delightful writers I know to share her secrets to overcoming perfectionism in writing.

When I read Shauna Niequist’s writing, I feel like I’m sitting with a best friend.

When I read Present Over Perfect, I laughed, cried, and felt awe. Shauna is a gift and I’m proud to call her my friend.

You’ll glean bountiful wisdom from her writing advice:

Years and years ago, someone gave me a piece of writing advice that I still use almost every day, more than a decade into my life as a professional writer. I don’t even know who told me this—I wish I did, because I would send them beautiful flowers or bourbon, my eternal thanks for a trick I’ve been employing near constantly.Read More

July 12, 2017
Do you have what it takes to be a writer?
By: Margaret Feinberg

“Do I have what it takes to be a writer?” asked one of the students in the Write Brilliant Academy.

While surfing online she stumbled on an agent’s website that said…

“Most people should not be encouraged to write.”

Those words sent her into a spiral of self-doubt and second-guessing. I soon followed into a spine-tingly death spiral myself.

Those. Are. Scary. Words.

Then I remembered….Read More

July 5, 2017
5 Writing Tips to Astonish Your Editor
By: Jennifer Grant

Do you ever wonder what a professional editor is looking for when they’re reading your writing? The best editors are worried about you and what they need to do to make you look stunning.

But editors aren’t fairy tale magicians. They can’t transform your rotting pumpkins into royal stage coached. The harder you make them work, the less likely they are to want to work with you again.

We want to give you a peek inside the mind of a good macroeditor and the everyday battles.

Wait. What’s a macroeditor?

That’s the person who handles the big picture of your manuscript. These editorial brilliants fly at 30,000, 20,000, even 10,000 feet, and attempt to avoid the brambles and weeds of the microeditor (also known as the copyeditor or grammar police). Impressing them is easier than you think.

Here are 5 simple writing tips to astonish your editor:Read More


After I decided to master Pinterest in 2015, I doubled my following in 12 months. The next year, I tripled it. Today, I have more than 30,000 people following my Pinterest. For those of you playing along at home, that’s a whopping 650 percent increase of followers in less than 22 months.

Even better, the social network now directs thousands (and sometimes tens of thousands) of views to my blog every day.

As I’ve learned, growing your Pinterest following is easier than you think. Anyone can do it—and yes, that means you.

Here’s the secret sauce for establishing a strong Pinterest game:Read More


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

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.



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

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

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

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