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Tools to Help Students Improve Their Writing

The spelling and grammar checkers built into word processors are fine for helping students catch basic mistakes in their writing. To get beyond the basics, students need tools that offer more than just spelling and grammar checking services...

8 Andy Weir Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 8 Andy Weir quotes for writers and about writing from the author of The Martian and Artemis. In these quotes, Weir shares his thoughts on good stories, science fiction, social lives, and more. Originally from January 2018 issue of ...

8 James Patterson Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 8 James Patterson quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, and Miracle on the 17th Green. In these quotes, Patterson shares his thoughts on dreams, originality, free books, and mo...

12 Patricia Cornwell Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 12 Patricia Cornwell quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Postmortem, Book of the Dead, and Red Mist. In these quotes, Cornwell shares her thoughts on insecurity, outlining, taking risks, and more. Patricia Cornw...

12 George R.R. Martin Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 12 George R.R. Martin quotes for writers and about writing from the author of A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, and A Dance With Dragons. In these quotes, Martin shares his thoughts on strong writing, good books, deadlines, and...

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Writing Slowing Down After Several Chapters

When I started the current draft of my WIP, I was able to write more words (at least 1,000 a day) and ironically, without an outline. I usually cannot write without a plan. But maybe because I’ve written the opening so many times, I w...

Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice

In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own. HOW BURNT IS YOUR SIENNA?  My name is Adam Brandner. I am a teache...

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Meg’s 2020 Writing Journal

I know is still 2019, but with 2020 so close, I didn’t see a point in making a 2019 journal for only three or four weeks. My last writing journal was from 2018, I think. I decided to start a new journal because I’ll be working o...

Writing Multiple Points of View

Wendy Heard, author of The Kill Club, offers 5 tips for making writing in multiple points of view easier for you and more satisfying for your readers and characters. When a story calls for more than one narrator, it’s exciting (at first)...

12 E.L. Doctorow Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 12 E.L. Doctorow quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. In these quotes, Doctorow covers novel writing, the mind, retirement, and more. E.L. Doctorow was the author of severa...

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