7 writing (and life) lessons I learned from playing Civilization V

I’m not exactly what you would call a gamer, but God of War taught me some time ago that I am far from immune to gaming’s addictive charm. Since that heady period of 3am bedtimes and caffeine-infused mornings, I’ve stumbled upon a strategy game called Civilization V…and there’s no turning back....more

Blogging Resolution: 10 Ideas to Get You Inspired to Write

So you made a resolution to blog more in 2014, but today, you're looking at a blank screen, immobilized by the blinking cursor. The New Year's Eve party you went to last night doesn't seem exciting enough to write about. You had planned to tell this cute story about something your daughter said... but now you can't remember what it was. And you're sort of pissed at your husband, but you don't think you want to air that dirty laundry. How are you supposed to blog more if you can't even find time to write? Resolution help to the rescue. ...more
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Writing Stresses You Out? 4 Ways to Simplify the Process

Let’s be honest.Writing content for blogs and courses can be tough stuff. Yet, providing free content on your blog is how you get traffic. And, writing content for courses is how you provide value to your learners.But, there’s a problem. (And, it has nothing to do with you.)...more
This was very helpful. Great blog!more

When is Your Most Productive Time to Write?

More Awesomer has a wonderful post that contains four great writing tips, beginning with the idea of finding your "golden hour," that time of the day when you are the most productive when it comes to writing.  The other tips are all things that can be done at any point in the day that have a great effect on the quality of your writing.  All in all, a very valuable post. ...more
I've been a newspaper columnist and features writer for 30 years. Starting when my son was in ...more

Bad Writing Advice You Should Follow

Today, I’m over at Coffee Addicted Writer with my first-ever Writing Tips Wednesdays post. I’ll be posting there with writing tips the first Wednesday of every month. What do I have to say?“One of the best writing tips I ever heard is usually considered bad advice in the writing community. This writing tip won’t win you any awards, and it certainly isn’t a way to create the best books, blog posts, or essays in the world.What is the tip?”You’ll have to visit Coffee Addicted Writer to find out!...more

Remembering Elmore Leonard: Leave Out the Part That Readers Skip

I heard on NPR this morning that Elmore Leonard passed away and immediately thought of his wonderfully funny -- and simply wonderful -- 10 Tips for Writers. What I didn't know until I read it in his obituary in The New York Times is his path as a writer. Bottom line:His breakthrough novel: #25, Glitz ...more
Yeah, I'm in constant search for "the part that the readers usually skip."  Thank you for ...more

Why You Should Guest Blog, Part I

View the original post on DesireeMMondesir.com!...more

7 Things the Founding Fathers can Teach You about Writing

See the original post on DesireeMMondesir.com!Happy Independence Day to all of my American readers!!! I hope you had a marvelous celebration and took honour our great nation’s rich heritage....more

What Baking Taught Me about Writing

There are two activities I love to do: write and bake. I usually accomplish both late at night and with great joy. You may think these two activities have absolutely nothing to do with each other but surprisingly, they do! Here are seven writing tips that baking taught me. ...more
@siftandwhisk I definitely concur! lol Glad you liked the post! :)more