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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
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“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

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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

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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.

 

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:

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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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After studying the Write Brilliant strategy, I have been lucky enough to have a few blog posts go viral. One post even attracted nearly a million views in 18 months.

Whether in written word, video, or still imagery, viral posts have the power to move people to laughter, to tears, and even to action. Deep down, each blogger and every author or creator of online content probably has dreams of virtually hitting it big.

Thrilled by the increase of traffic and expansion of your platform, it’s fun to see your content capture the hearts and eyes of new readers. My experience has taught me that you must take a few vital steps before that big moment arrives. Most writers miss them, and this is why their posts fall flat. Here are 3 mistakes that will prevent your posts from going viral:

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February 22, 2017
How to Know if You’re Ready to Publish Your Pain
By: September Vaudrey
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You’ve experienced a tragic loss or deep pain, but are you ready to write about it? How soon is too soon?

Five years after my daughter passed away, my literary agent asked me why I thought now was the time to publish my memoir about her death.

“I had to finish living my story first,” I replied. “I had to discover my ending.”

Though my grief won’t find its full ending until heaven, I knew I needed resolution with God before I had anything helpful to share with readers.Read More

February 14, 2017
How Eavesdropping Will Increase Your Blog Traffic
By: Jonathan Merritt
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More than a decade ago, I considered calling it quits as a writer. I struggled to build a platform, and allure readers to my blog. Four book proposals had been rejected by every publisher in the industry. Each night, my hands pounded my keyboard long after the sun set, but my career felt glued to the pavement.

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