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How I Write

write without fear, edit without mercy Recently, I began Neil Gaimon’s MasterClass on writing. I took his advice and uploaded some of my work into the "I Write Like" site. The first piece I uploaded said I write like Agatha Christie. I’d jump for joy to write like the best-selling woman writer of all time, but I’ll admit I was skeptical.

Only Words

Heiroglyphs
Photo Credit:Jon Bodsworth

Heiroglyphs from the tomb of Seti I

You may have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but if that were true,
we'd still be writing in hieroglyphics, wouldn't we?

Writing for Online Reading — How Long Is Too Long?

measuring length

It may come as no surprise to those who read online that narrow text columns are preferable to wide ones. Good web developers pay attention to browser resolutions and screen sizes to ensure that their web pages are the right width. The length (i.e. word count) of an article is the writer's concern.

Morning Conversation

conversation coffee mugHow can your readers tell what your characters are talking about? “They were better, just not as good.” We talk in shorthand a lot, figuring our companions will understand what we leave unsaid. In writing, though, the context of a conversation is all important.

Five Tips for New Freelance Writers

dog detective

Write because you love writing. If your goal in writing is monetary success, you may be disappointed.
Throughout history, writing hasn't been a 'get rich quick' scheme for most writers. In fact, many famous writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe, died broke and broken. If you are writing for any other reason than you absolutely love writing, you are writing for the wrong reason.