Writers' Treasure http://www.writerstreasure.com Effective writing advice for aspiring writers Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:27:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 13948434 How to professionally edit your book http://www.writerstreasure.com/how-to-professionally-edit-your-book/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/how-to-professionally-edit-your-book/#comments Sat, 24 Feb 2018 02:57:40 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1789 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Jennifer Scott. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Writing and completing a book is a process filled with seemingly infinite milestones. So, you’ve just finished writing out your first draft and a smile breaks across your face. Box ticked. However, an impending feeling then dawns on you that you’ve now got the laborious task editing your book to perfection.

One option would be to get an editor but if you’re on a budget, getting a good one is nearly impossible, so you’re going to need to do it yourself. To help you get started, here’s everything you need to know.

Take a break

The first thing you don’t want to do is jump straight into editing after you’ve just finished your first draft. Now is the time to rest and refresh your brain.

And this doesn’t just mean for an hour. This means leaving your manuscript aside for a couple of days, so you can clear your mind for productive editing.

Read aloud

It’s nice in thought to sit somewhere you find comfortable and read through your content in your head while watching the world go past. However, this is an extremely inefficient way to edit, and you’ll be prone to making mistakes.

“Instead, sit somewhere quiet but read your first draft aloud. Mistakes and problems in your work will become so much more obvious when you hear them aloud, especially for the first time,” shares Darren Lambert, a proofreader for Essay Writing Service.

Look for common mistakes

There is a tonne of common mistakes out there that you’ll potentially fall into the trap of getting wrong so make sure you keep a special eye out for these problems since even the most seasoned writers can make them.

For example, ‘a lot’ and ‘alot’ is a common mix up writers make. The same can be said for ‘affect’ and ‘effect’, ‘less’ and ‘fewer’, ‘who’ and ‘whom’. The list goes on and on so make sure you’re keeping your eyes open for these little issues.

Using online tools

Although you’re an aspiring or professional writer, working on the same piece of text day in, day out can take its toll on your brain, especially when it feels like you’re mindlessly editing.

However, there are multiple tools and resources out there on the internet that can help, such as Easy Word Count, Cite It In and Grammarix, which can help you set editing goals or make the process easier.

Additionally, blogs like Via Writing and Academadvisor are ideal since they contain multiple editing guides you can follow to make your editing process for effective.

Using proofreading services

As you draw to the close of your editing process, you might want to begin your proofreading process. This means scanning through your content to make sure it’s free from spelling mistakes and typos.

For this, you can do it yourself, hire a professional or use a proofreading service such as Best British Essays or UK Service Reviews. This can help you see the final copy of your book more clearly, helping you finalise the editing process.

About the authorJennifer works as online editor at Top Canadian Writers. Also, she is a business developer that works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing. Prior to business developing Jennifer was consultant at Deloitte, and managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions.

 

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How to cite sources in content writing http://www.writerstreasure.com/how-to-cite-sources-in-content-writing/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/how-to-cite-sources-in-content-writing/#comments Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:22:23 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1781 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Julia Morison. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

In the quest to making content look legitimate and reliable, we add quotations of experts. In the process, we often end up annoying them. Let me elaborate it further.

When we begin to write an article, we often look for relevant links, quotes, ideas and thoughts of renowned scholars and experts to add. However, what we do wrong is that we do not give them the credit; we simply mention their names at the end of the extracted quote. Such activities discourage many professionals to share their views online.

What you must do is, cite the complete reference along with the link to the site from where you have copied that particular piece of information.

To learn more about proper citation and referencing, check out the different scenarios I have mentioned below:

Citation scenario #1:

If you want to copy the quote, idea or thought of a person, do not go directly copy pasting it on your blog. Instead, mention the name, website link or links to social media sites as well. Try to make the act a mutually benefiting one rather throwing an impression that you were attempting to steal the content.

Moreover, it is against internet etiquettes too. When a person copy-paste a quote without proper referencing his document will be recognized as a plagiarized work, and it will lose credibility. Therefore, you should make your work authentic and trustworthy.

Citation scenario #2:

When you are composing a research-based document and wanted to add data extracted from surveys or polls, figures and facts from reputable sites, you must hyperlink the site as well.

Many writers simply mention the survey and add the information; this weakens the authenticity of their blog. If you truly want to uplift the credibility of your content, always mention the link of the site from where you have extracted the information. It will help your audience to navigate to that site for learning about the subject in detail.

Citation scenario #3:

It is simple to create references for information taken out from general articles or sites.

However, if you read about information on a subject from a website which was not the same as the source of the information, you have to add a link to the site from where you have extracted the information. A simple way to do this is by adding a ‘Via’ link to the website, in addition to a ‘Source’ link to the original source of the information.

Final words

It is imperative to cite sources to make your content trustworthy.

However, there are many formats involved in the citation, which are difficult to grasp and are time-consuming too. Every category has its own formats, whether it is to cite Twitter or articles on websites. You have to follow a distinctive set of rules for the different formats.

However, some professionals suggest writers use IEEE citation generator for creating references and citations. It is said to be one of the most efficient and highly productive tools for making fast citation, and when used properly, it can transform your document into a 100% plagiarism-free one.

Author Bio: Julia Morison is a head hunter and a research specialist at US-Based Writing Firm. She is a traveller, a blogger, a techie and a social activist. When she not in her office, she spends her time writing and educating the masses. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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10 easy tips for better business writing http://www.writerstreasure.com/10-easy-tips-for-better-business-writing/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/10-easy-tips-for-better-business-writing/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:18:21 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1772 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by William Grigsby. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

In a survey that was conducted in 2004 by the National Commission on business writing among some 120 American companies, it was estimated that major corporations spent over $3.1 billion on employees’ deficiencies in writing. Additionally, about 74% of web browsers were found to pay attention to the quality, grammar, and spelling of company websites. More than 59% of people were found to prefer not doing business with a company which has an obvious mistake in grammar in their write-ups.

The problem is, the internet has converted the business world into a small village, and such figures can translate to huge losses.

Seeing the imminent dangers poor business writing can deliver to a business, wanting to improve your skills or even those of your employees should be somewhat of a reflex action. Here are some handy tips that could help you avert a PR crisis and improve your customer conversion.

  1. Be factual

Business is all about facts and figures. The same should be reflected in your writing. You need to use facts, statistics and detailed information that can easily be substantiated. Providing relevant but concrete examples and using active and precise verbs also makes the writing more actionable and relatable among the readers.

  1. Go all out!

The greatest mistake you can make in business writing is holding back. Your readers are in most instances looking for information and affirmation. Ensure you provide them with all the necessary information they need. Go out of your way to answer any questions asked and if not, respond to some of the implied ones. It might be a good idea to throw in some extra information that could be helpful to your customers or clients in your content.

  1. Be courteous

Being authoritative is important. But, there is a thin line between being rude and authoritative. You have to be polite and always have your audience in your mind. Always consider how the message you’re trying to convey will be received. In your writing, ensure to emphasize on the use of words like “you” instead of “We” or “I.” The idea is to make it more about the audience than the business itself.

  1. Make it loud and clear

A good writer conveys his message in the least number of words possible. The same prevails in business writing. Avoid being too wordy and having vague statements. If possible, it is best to use an active voice while trying as hard as possible not to be misquoted or misinterpreted in the process.

  1. Take it all the way home

You have a duty to deliver a point to your audience. Don’t deviate from this. Get to the point as fast as is possible using short and effective sentences. While the sentences should be short, they shouldn’t sound choppy. Make sure your message is clear and only relevant information is included and in an active and reasonable manner.

  1. Be objective

It is commonly stated that writing in any form is a ‘personal’ thing. It is easy to let your own biases be the center of your writing. In business writing, this can prove to be suicidal. In the same light, try and avoid using the first person or using terms that are emotionally charged. For a professional and more convincing touch, present both sides of the story in each piece you write.

  1. Keep everything simple

Unless you want your readers to make a run for the Oxford dictionary (which they will not appreciate), it is a good idea to compose your writing in simple and straightforward English. Readers love an unclouded message that hits home with ease and is even easier to understand.

  1. Keep emails below or at five sentences

Truthfully, unless you’re explaining how your reader is going to collect their jackpot winnings, they will never read past three lines. As much as you have plenty to say, you don’t want to bore your readers to death. You want the recipient to be able to read the email and respond to it easily even when they’re using their Smartphone. Keep your emails short and sweet. Five sentences or shorter is best.

  1. Domesticate your enthusiasm

It is usual to feel very pumped and energetic while writing. However, you might want to use those exclamation points sparingly. The more you use them, they less impact they have. Also, make sure that you keep the sign-offs professional yet warm. Use words like “Best” and “Regards” to sign off.

  1. Invest equal effort on the headline copy

On average, eight out of every ten people will read the headline of the copy and move on. Only two take the trouble of reading the content. You have to be able to capture their attention from the headline and through the content. Furthermore, a good heading tends to attract more audience to read.

Enhanced business writing skills can make or break a brand. You’re the communication tool between the readers and the business. You create the ties between the firm and the audience. It’s paramount to make sure that those relations are positive and portray the company in the right light. These tips will surely help you make that job much easier.

About the author: William Grigsby is working in a professional writing service. He has eight years experience in business writing. He is a day writer and night dreamer. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @willgrgsb

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Five tips to help you become a better writer http://www.writerstreasure.com/five-tips-to-help-you-become-a-better-writer/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/five-tips-to-help-you-become-a-better-writer/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:10:02 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1767 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Alisa Mayer. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

I know why you are here. Your writing is boring, and it has been like that for a while. You get the terrible feeling of procrastination and you have already lost your concentration. The hours seem long, but the paper stays empty. Your mind is all over the place, and your brain shuts off.  You ask yourself: “What shall I do?”

Now you’re reading articles on ‘how to write articles.’ Maybe that helps. Fortunately, you are not wrong in seeking help. You can get help. But you have to understand that reading about it will not change anything unless you are determined to do something about it.

Change comes gradually, and it doesn’t come easy. If you want better articles, books, fiction stories, academic papers, essays…. then, you need to stop procrastinating and focus on your target.

Let me give you some advice on what to change or add to your daily routine. Maybe you don’t have the necessary information, or you just forgot some basics. Anyhow, I hope my list will help you remember or improve your writing lifestyle. Take a look.

  1. Take your time

Take time ≠ Procrastinate

By ‘take your time,’ I do not mean procrastinate. I mean that you should not hurry too much. Don’t force yourself to reach immediate outcomes. Instant results might be advantageous in some jobs, but we as writers take time to get tasks done. We cannot be programmed to work in a certain way, or finish in a certain time. That would be boring, and useless.

For example: What if I use a deadline for writing the next chapter of my book, and then all of a sudden, I get a brilliant idea after the deadline? Ignore it just because I passed my own useless time limit?

Set a block

As I’ve said before, taking your time means using your time to actively improve your work. One example of using your time effectively is setting a time block used only for writing. You wake up at 6 AM, have breakfast, and then sit and possibly write from 8 AM to 9 AM.

I said “possibly” because you might not actually write. You might just sit there, thinking about writing. And that is OK. It is beneficial to think, believe me. Or you may not believe me, but you have to try – that’s what I did for 15 minutes before beginning to write this article.

  1. Get rid of distractions

No distractions

While writing with your TV on is a great way to practice your multi-tasking skills, it does not help your writing at all. As you may already know, writing is a process that unfolds naturally if you give it time and space; and by space, I mean quietness; and by quietness, I mean focus.

Even if you get distracted

Every good writer gets distracted from time to time – and this is normal, we are all human. So do not blame yourself for feeling distracted once in a while. Instead, try to understand what keeps you away from your work and change that.

One of my good friends realized that the moment he starts eating snacks, he cannot concentrate on his writing anymore. He focuses his attention on eating instead of writing. Interesting, right? What’s your distraction?

  1. Plan before you start

What about the outline?

Many writers tend to forget about the most important part of their piece: the outline. Before you even start writing your introduction, you should figure out what your arguments are. Your entire paper lays on your premises. Using valid premises, you show a valid conclusion, and make a well structured point. That’s how you get your readers to like you!

The alternative

Having a structure is crucial. There are two ways to do that: prepare an outline (commonly used), or write a draft. Remember: A draft is just a beta that has to change in order for your paper to improve. You can use your draft to write notes, and give yourself both positive and negative feedback. Also, drafts are great ways to check your typos and grammar, and see what you got wrong. That will help a lot.

“Getting your work checked is the best way to succeed in a timely manner,” says Kathryn R. Neill, CEO of Scholar Advisor essay service.

  1. Practice

But why?

Because practice makes perfect. Once you sit down and write a sentence over and over again, it will come to you. Maybe not at first, maybe not as fast as you would like, but it will.

Keep rewriting everything that doesn’t sound good enough for you. Don’t be satisfied with just a little. Strive after a lot. There is this quote that I once read and it struck me. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among stars!” Isn’t that right?

How?

We all have our own styles of practicing. I told you mine above. That doesn’t mean it has to work for you too. Even practicing how to practice is a good start. Keep switching alternatives until you find the fit one.

  1. Last one, best one

See, this is a pun, because this is also the last point I’m going to write about today. But what I mean by that is make sure your last article/piece/paper is the best one. If it’s not, and you feel it, rewrite it. Don’t indulge yourself by saying “I’ll get the next one better.”

I am no perfectionist, but I still want to give the best I have to my readers. If I don’t, that wouldn’t be fair to them, and as a matter of fact, to you either. Play fair if you want to be a good writer. What you receive, you should give back. And that’s usually quality work.

Final words

I am glad you are here and you’ve been reading this, and I hope I helped as much as I could. One final advice: stay focused on your writing, even if there are 13651366 million things happening around you. Good luck to you, my friend!

About the author: Alisa Mayer is a freelancer and volunteers for lifestyle writing on a regular basis. She has eleven years of writing experience and has crafted hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers. Her biggest strengths include lifestyle writing, research writing, as well as writing on political and social issues.

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10 tips to help beginner writers get started in writing a book http://www.writerstreasure.com/tips-beginner-writers-get-started/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/tips-beginner-writers-get-started/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:41:25 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1761 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Rachel Summers. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

It’s said that everyone has at least one book in them. If you think you’re ready to get started on writing yours, that’s great. If the process of writing is putting you off though, don’t worry. These 10 tips will help you get started and help you achieve your writing goals.

  1. Read, read, read

The first thing you must do is read as though your life depended on it. Read in your genre, outside your genre, and everywhere in between. The more you read, the more you inform your own writing. Read other writers and see what they have to say. Blogs like Writing Populist can help you out a lot.

  1. Write for yourself

When you first start out, don’t worry about what other people want from you. For now, just write what you want to write. Get the words down on paper first, and you can polish it up once you’re done. Just concentrate on the story you want to tell.

  1. Understand your audience

Once you’ve written the first draft, you can then start thinking about the changes you’ll need to make for your audience. Make your writing speak to the reader, as if they’re the only person you’re writing for.

  1. Be consistent

If you really want to become a writer, you’re going to need to work at it. Make sure you’re writing every single day. Even if it’s only a couple of hundred words a day, you’re keeping your hand in, honing your skills, and becoming a better writer.

  1. Make the reader feel something

The reason most readers stick with a story is because it makes them feel something. This could be anything, from joy, to rage, to even terror. Whatever it is, make sure that you’re making the reader feel it. The most important thing is that they don’t feel bored by your story, as that means you just haven’t captured their attention.

  1. Pick a tense and stick with it

No matter what you’re writing, you need to pick a tense and stick with it. It can get confusing for the writer if you’re switching between them. For example, ‘I was working in the shop most days. It’s really busy and I can’t keep up with the customers’ doesn’t make a lot of sense to the reader.

  1. Find help online

If you’re looking for help with your grammar, the right word, or just some general inspiration, you’ll find it online. Not all sources are helpful, so you’ll have to be picky about what you use. If you’re smart though, you can get a lot of help. State of Writing, for example, is packed full of writing guides you can use.

  1. Hook the reader from the start

No matter what you’re writing, you need to hook the reader right from the beginning. If they’re bored in the first few pages, they won’t come back to the story to see how it ends.

  1. Proofread and edit

You may well have an editor later, but you still need to proofread and edit your own writing. If you need some help with the process, a service such as Top Canadian Writers can help you out.

  1. Enjoy writing

Finally, look at writing as an enjoyable process. There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a manuscript, is there? Enjoy the writing process, and you’ll look forward to doing it every day.

These tips will help you become a writer, and create the manuscript that you’ve always dreamed of writing. Now get out there and write that book. You never know, you could become the next big thing in literature.

About the authorRachel Summers is an experienced writer living and working in the UK. She works as a journalist specialising in education, including UK Top Writers, as she has a passion for helping students get the most out of their years in school. Her writing focuses on tips for making school easier for people who are studying and tools that can help them get the assistance they need.

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6 ways for beginners to start in freelance writing http://www.writerstreasure.com/6-ways-beginners-start-freelance-writing/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/6-ways-beginners-start-freelance-writing/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:22:49 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1753 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Emily Johnson. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Well, this is a writer’s dream come true, pet subject, etc etc, is it not? This, after all, is what we writers love and are paid to do, this is our livelihood, and we are now teaching others how to follow in our footsteps. Sweet deal? Oh yes.

Writing is not tough, for any one, contrary to what you will be made to believe at certain points. That is so because every person has something to write about, everybody has a story.

You might be thinking, so how is that going to help me write paid articles about say, investing in the stock market? I say, practice. Write more, and then every topic will see the words pouring out of you naturally.

And need I say about how profitable freelance writing is? You are paid and well, you can work from the convenience of your home, and thanks to the diversity of assignment topics, work is never boring. What more could a lover of words ask for, right?

Read on to find how exactly you can break into this mode of earning your living.

  1. Read.

This is something every good writer will tell you, from Stephen King to J. K. Rowling. The lives of authors go on to show the vast reading they have had.

The same formula can be applied to online freelance writing. If novels are not what you are looking to write, look for inspiration in the sort of writing you are willing to start doing. Read more online articles by established online writers. And without wasting too much time, you will see that you can start writing yourself, and practice will make you produce more and more appropriate output.

  1. Set aside some time for practice each day.

You know what they say, practice makes you perfect. And guess what, that does not hold true only for dreaded mathematics. It does for freelance writing as well.

Now that you know the ropes and have gotten accustomed to the tools of the trade by reading countless freelance writers online, you need to start your own writing. Find assignments and topics that interest you, and make a beginning. Increase the number of words every day, and you will be set before long. Remember, you have to invest if you want this to profit your life.

  1. Find your niche.

Every person had preferences, and every writer had niches or speciality fields in which he or she will be able to write more. And when it is a subject you like, you need to spend less effort to write on it, much like when you love your job, you never work.

So, find your arena of love, be it cooking or gadgets or beauty or movies, and you will be making good use of that keyboard before long. For example, you can start writing reviews of hover boards, consumer electronics, books… anything that you are interested in.

  1. Find some favourite authors.

Guides and beacons of inspirations are check posts in people’s lives, much more important than a lot of other stuff. It is almost as important as your own hard work that you put in. Finding a favourite author is a rare delight, their writing teaches you innumerable things about both writing and life, and on the days you are really under the weather and do not feel like a single word can emerge from you, their writing will come around to save the day and make every thing all right again.

  1. Seek out and find motivation.

Motivation is really important, especially to a beginner. It is a source of mental support, an assurance that you are on the right track, and what urges you to continue.

Motivation depends on what you want from your writing. Maybe you are looking to sound like your favourite blogger though your word pictures? Maybe you are looking for LinkedIn views? Or maybe you are looking for rent money? Find assignments that cater to your needs, and type on.

  1. Always have work samples ready, and reach out more.

These two tasks go hand in hand. In the online world where competition is stiff, you always need to be the one standing out from the crowd by virtue of just how good you are. Now, you have to take the next step and reach out to potential clients who are looking to hire writers like you. Approach them with a tailored statement of purpose, and it will increase your chances of finding work dramatically.

The other thing that should be included in your application or work proposal would be a really neat sample of your previous written work, and it should be something highly relevant to the writing role you are looking to take up. Have this in order, ensure that it is really good by your standards. After you apply, you only have to hope for the best.

Freelance writing in today’s online world is a booming industry, anticipated by Bill Gates who proclaimed that content is king. Would you want to miss out on cashing in on this phenomenon? I am sure not.

Therefore, getting started as soon as possible would be a very wise decision, and if you have no clue where to start, this article will come tailored to your rescue. So brew that coffee, grab that laptop, seize that comfy couch and start working. This is going to help your bank account loads.

Author Bio: Emily is a full-time geek, and is a fan of all things cool and sci-fi. She writes for a blog called http://theelectricwheels.com/ where she loves writing about all that she loves, and would love to spread happiness if you come talk to her.

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Tell a gripping tale, create exhilaration: Writing the conflict of a story http://www.writerstreasure.com/writing-the-conflict-of-a-story/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/writing-the-conflict-of-a-story/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:07:16 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1745 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Erin Scott. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Conflicts are vital—they bring the thrilling tide in stories. They bring pressure and tension that make your story worth reading—the so-called engine that keeps your novel running in your reader’s senses.

Without conflict, your story fails.

How do you craft a conflict of a story that not only triggers emotions but also creates an impact? Here are simple tips:

Forge fear on your character.

Childhood trauma, separation from a loved one, fear of loss, death—inject a fearful element that pushes your character to go beyond his or her control. Conflict has more impact if it breaks the sanity and belief of your character. It makes your hero vulnerable, which makes him more realistic and believable for the audience.

Fear is something which readers can relate with. And for your book, it’s the ultimate ingredient for a compelling story plot that adds internal or external conflict.

Add tough scenarios.

How can you make readers interested in characters? The answer is simple: you have to let your main characters fail in their task, you have to make things tough for them. Their goal shouldn’t be easy to achieve. If it is achieved, it should only have been done so after heroic efforts. If you do this as a writer, the result will be that readers will remember every anguish and agony of their favorite character. But before you want to let this happen, make sure your readers are emotionally attached to the character.

Compose opposing characters and goals.

Heighten your story’s conflict through giving your characters differing drive, purpose, and attitude. Use these conflicting elements to clash and start a battle of their own viewpoints. Within the story, these elements may indirectly be revealed on the character’s actions, but somehow, will break loose once they’re desperate enough to stand on their own convictions.

Catch the timing.

Pick the right atmosphere. Find the most unexpected or the worst times that double the battles and struggles in your conflict. As when the moment your character feels sound and safe, plunge him/her into an unexpected twist—for an opportunity to reveal the hero’s true character.

Keep your character on the edge.

What will happen next? Tension is built upon a series of conflicts. Test your protagonist against his or her beliefs. Put him or her at risk, and you’ll have a story packed with thrilling scenes. Don’t always put them in the zone that’s too comfortable and passive. Keep the plot interesting and surprising.

Even though you like your character, don’t be afraid to throw him at the creek. Nevertheless, you can have the chance to find possible ways to heal him. Build conflicts, not crises, and your story will invite more readers.

Fuel your story with “what ifs”.

“What if” questions can creatively help you generate great conflict ideas. These questions will offer infinite possibilities and can branch out unique scenarios for your story. What if the main character befriends the antagonist? What if instead of there being man versus man conflict, it’s man versus himself?

Never stay in the comfort zone. Always take the risks, and try any conflict ideas you like, no matter how boring or dull they may seem. If the result is superb, then keep it. But if it doesn’t, try another one.

Lastly, always remember your readers.

Setting a conflict is more complicated than you think. Identify and understand who your readers are and know what interests them most. Propelling conflicts without the intended readers in mind will result to a messy plot.

Understand that there are preferred genres that work for younger readers, but may not work for the older ones. Acknowledge their interests, and research on what topics can relate to them.

About the author: Erin Scott is a book publishing and marketing specialist at LitFire Publishing, a company based in Atlanta GA which envisions helping more authors transform their manuscripts into top-quality books, and provides personalized marketing and distribution support to help authors become contenders in today’s very competitive market. Follow Erin on Twitter at @erinscottlf or read more of her tips at http://blog.litfirepublishing.com.

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Eight useful habits to help you write your first book http://www.writerstreasure.com/eight-useful-habits-write-first-book/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/eight-useful-habits-write-first-book/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:03:13 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1740 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Richard Nolan. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Many people tend to treat creative jobs as pure fun. And everything that a creative person does is always pure fun, and nothing serious, right?

Of course, wrong. Any successful writer will tell you that it is hard work that needs to be taken with all responsibility. So, if you want to keep – for instance – writing pure fun and entertainment, you should only do it for fun. You should keep it your little hobby and not expect it to ever become your full-time job. On the other hand, if you want to be a full-time writer, you must treat it with all seriousness.

Just like any other job, writing suggests a lot of rituals and habits. This is especially so when it comes to writing your first book – a very serious undertaking that cannot be taken lightly. These rituals do not only make your job not only easier but also more exciting and enjoyable. Here are some of them:

  1. Picture yourself working productively

As a person of a creative trade, you should have a very rich and vivid imagination.

Moreover, your imagination affects your everyday life. In some way, it has power over you. Now, when you decide to write a certain piece (an essay, a chapter, your first book, etc.), you may sometimes notice that you are reluctant to begin writing. You will probably agree that you have been picturing yourself leaning over your keyboard and having a hard time finding what to write.

If so, then you have let your imagination stand in your way instead of helping you. You procrastinate because you have pictured yourself this way.

The good news is that you are still in charge of the process, and you can change it for the better simply by picturing yourself as a cornucopia of words. So, be encouraged to spend some time every day just sitting and imagining yourself being a prolific writer and being happy about it. It may seem silly to some, but just try it – and, rest assured, you will feel the effect.

  1. Learn to manage your time

This may seem as a no-brainer, but we would like to go into a little more detail. No matter if you are working on a book to be published by a big publishing house or to write an eBook, it is still a big chunk of work. As such, it inspires procrastination.

So, it is up to you to discipline yourself into devoting a portion of your time to writing every single day. You get to define your norm yourself – it can be one hour or one thousand words per day.

If you have not yet made writing into your full-time job and you have to go to the office, you can wake up earlier and write in the morning. Even if you are not a morning person, you will still find that this dreamy state is perfect for creative writing.

  1. Start a journal

Chances are that you can recall a case or two when an idea struck you, say, when you were doing your groceries, and you thought that you must write about it as soon as you get back to your computer. Yet, when you got to your computer, you could no longer remember what you wanted to write about! Wouldn’t it be awesome to store all your ideas in one place?  It does not have to be an actual paper journal. It might as well be an app on your phone or a voice recorder – whatever works best for you.

  1. Don’t judge yourself before you are finished

Each of us is our own worst critic (actually, this goes not only for writing.) As we write, we get extremely tempted to go on with evaluating our work and end up criticizing ourselves. This criticism, however, is seldom constructive, because we already did our best and cannot really offer anything better.

What you need to realize is that when you are writing – you are at the stage of writing, and the stages of proofreading and editing follow later. Correspondingly, the time to criticize and seek better solutions will come later. And now – just write!

  1. Get rid of distractions

Writing is the kind of job that demands a lot of focus to be done right. So, when you sit down to write, you need to make sure that nothing distracts you. Let your family and friends know that you are not to be disturbed, switch off your cell phone and remove it out of sight, etc.

If you have to write on your cell phone, then check out FocusWriter. It is a writing app that also blocks notifications from all other apps once you open it, so you can just do your thing in peace without being distracted.

  1. Welcome inspiration

It is true that you cannot just grab inspiration by the neck and force it upon yourself, which is very unfortunate. You can, however, make yourself more open to inspiration. You can simply sit down and reflect upon your book: your initial ideas, the bits that you have already written, the things that have inspired you to go writing this in the first place, and things of the kind.

  1. Don’t stop reading

It is not true to assume that once you have become a writer yourself, you no longer need to read what other people write.

To put it simply, you need to keep reading if you want to improve your writing.

  1. Stay open to new experiences

Reading other authors is the only way to get new ideas. As we all know, inspiration is always elusive and unexpected. So, you can get new ideas from all kinds of experiences. Writing in a different genre, experimenting with free-writing, travelling, programming, etc… there are a lot of different things to try out.

Conclusion

The point of each of these habits is not to force yourself to write: creative writing is not an assembly line at a factory. The point is to keep writing because you enjoy it. You are more than welcome to try out any or all of our humble suggestions. As fellow writers, we also welcome you to share your writing-related habits and rituals!

About the author: Richard Nolan is a writer and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of  writing, blogging, entrepreneurship and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students. Currently, Richard works as a general blog editor for ProWritersCenter. Follow him on Twitter.

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The ultimate guide to find inspiration for your writing http://www.writerstreasure.com/ultimate-guide-find-inspiration-writing/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/ultimate-guide-find-inspiration-writing/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:27:54 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1731 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Richard Nolan. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Every writer knows that losing an inspiration may lead to the catastrophic results. You are no longer interested in creating captivation content, you do not want to visit workshops to boost your skills, you forget to check grammar and spelling, and you actually do not care whether the results will satisfy your clients.

You keep taking the same number of orders but you cannot cope with them. Thus, you start to get penalties, lose your money, and even lose your clients.

If you were in this situation at least once, you probably know how difficult it may be to restore the inspiration and start working efficiently again. We know that dealing with this problem is rather tough, thus, we would like you to present the most working ways that will help you manage this problem and start writing again.

1. Check the names of books, covers of magazines and newspapers

Once you feel lost with words, you need something that will awake your imagination and help you start creating beautiful sentences again. Of course, you may have no time to read fiction, but you will always have enough time to check a couple of newspaper covers.

As a rule, the headlines contain all elements that help to create a perfect text even if you do not feel about writing something creative. Following the formulas used in headlines, you can turn the process of writing in a slightly technical process and even steal a couple of ideas just to awake your imagination.

2. Read the opening sentences of articles

Perhaps you have already heard that one of the most important parts of any text is the first sentence. It helps to create a proper atmosphere, to catch the attention of the readers and to prepare them to something bigger.

If you have no idea how to start your writing, we would recommend you to browse blogs to find inspiration.

3. Read fiction

If you have enough time, it is always better to devote yourself to reading. Most of the writers confess that they find inspiration in writing only when they read good fiction. Always choose literature that has perfect form and content to develop your feeling of the word and find some new approaches to the style that you may use in your work.

4. Look for quotes

Some people look for inspiration quotes just to feel a little bit better and look at the problem from a different perspective. Writers can use quotes are the starting point for their text. For example, you just take a quote that suits the topic and start to dwell upon it. That works perfectly, but it is better not to use this writing tip too frequently.

5. Talk to people

People who surround you are the best source of ideas. Listen to their dialogues, observe how they behave themselves in public, ask they about their problems and what is bothering them. These insights will help you to get enough material that you will be able to use in creating texts that reach out the audience.

6. Avoid distractions

Sometimes, the problem with inspiration lies together with the problem of distraction. If you check Facebook messenger all the time, you cannot just switch to another subject and start thinking about it. The same is with checking Instagram feed and Twitter. Do not lie to yourself. Here, you do not find motivation but just lose it. So turn off your phone and focus on the tasks that you have right now to complete.

7. Check your notes

Do you remember the times when you felt so inspired that you cannot just keep all those thoughts in your head and started to write them down? Now it’s high time to make use of them. These notes will help you awake the ideas that you had, and perhaps, some of these ideas perfectly suit the situation that you need to describe now.

Always note your ideas even if you think that you will not use them in the nearest future. This collection of ideas will become your inspiration book. Besides, if you meet the problem of idea generation, you will be able just take some thoughts from this book and use them.

8. Try free writing

Many writers confess that the best thing that helps them to restore their desire to write is writing itself. Frequently, writers are limited by some topic, the ideas to present, the size of paper, and the format. Free writing will help you unleash your creativity and cover all the topics that have been interesting to you.

There are different approaches to free writing. For example, you may write down your dreams or the situations that you observe. You may also try to rhyme as this will also help you focus on the problem of finding a proper word that perfectly suits the form and the content.

9. Write comments

This is another approach for restoring your writing abilities. When you enter into a discussion, you become more and more interested in replaying the comments and supporting dialogue. Thus, each your answer becomes more detailed, and at some point, you feel that you just need to write. When this feeling comes, you may be sure that you have restored your inspiration.

As you can see, although losing the inspiration is a problem, you still have multiple ways to deal with it. So have some rest first, and then start to revitalize your writing desire. Try different approaches to define which suits perfectly to this situation and just keep writing!

About the author: Richard Nolan is a writer and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of  writing, blogging, entrepreneurship and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students. Currently, Richard works as a general blog editor for ProWritersCenter. Follow him on Twitter.

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Write it the right way: Grab people’s attention to read your content http://www.writerstreasure.com/write-it-the-right-way/ http://www.writerstreasure.com/write-it-the-right-way/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:28:51 +0000 http://www.writerstreasure.com/?p=1722 Related Articles:
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This is a guest article by Patrick Panuncillon. If you are interested in submitting a guest article of your own, be sure to read the guest article guidelines.

Content lies in the heart of a successful marketing strategy. In the realm of digital marketing, it isn’t just enough to have a high number of followers or subscribers. Without having an arsenal of carefully crafted content, you will render your efforts useless.

Undoubtedly, this problem is one a lot of web writers face. There is a significant difference between print and web writing, and content creators must know how to maneuver their way through the throes of the internet.

Let’s face it: things are easier said than done. There’s a long, tough road to being a good content writer and being able to write quality posts.

The good news is, it’s not entirely impossible. Aside from schooling yourself on grammar and punctuation, you also need to learn about the context of the Internet, and the strategies that you can use to work around the issues that you might face.

Now let’s take a look at the reasons why nobody is reading your content and what you can do to change that fact.

Take it personal

Think of your readers as your friends. Some articles tend to be too stiff and unfriendly, firing big words and complex terms at you, a mile a minute. That might be true for professional writings and case studies, but even they can have a little glimpse of your personality. All writers want (at least) one thing, and that is to have people notice and believe what they have to say. You can do this by being conversational.

How do you start the conversation?

Somewhere in the world, somebody is behind the screen of text on which this article appears, and you’re one of them!

Remember that a human being is going to read your text, not just some robot. One trick is to ask intriguing questions that will make the reader think. Address them as ‘you,’ or to make it more personal, engage them in conversation using ‘we.’ The key lies in engagement and interaction.

Don’t dumb it down

Did you know that 56 percent of the internet agrees on the fact that online content is too watered down these days? According to HubSpot, the respondents found online ads to be insulting to their intelligence.

Chances are, you might be making content that is too complicated or too simple just to have something to offer your readers. Either way, you might miss the bigger picture with surface level content and alienate a part of your audience.

What can you do about this?

As a content marketer, it is part of your job description to be a web writer and your mission lies in reading, understanding, and being able to explain the subject to a variety of audience demographic effectively.

Like what Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” You don’t have to water your write-ups down anymore. Thank God!

The secret lies in the fact that you don’t have to worry about your audience’s intelligence levels and whatnot. What you need to do is break your ideas down in ways that anyone can understand, be it middle schoolers or business professionals.

Don’t write content just for the sake of writing. It is hard work, but anything less for your readers is just a waste of time and effort.

Do you read me?

It’s a known fact that online users have shorter attention spans. In the last decade, the average human attention span went down from twelve seconds to a mere eight!

Let’s be honest. Our readers will not read every word of our articles. They will most like scan and skim through the content until they find something that catches their interest.

Readability matters. If your content is too hard to understand, your readers will leave your page and look for different resources to read, and if your articles are too simple, they might dismiss it as low quality and ineffective.

So, is your content readable?

If you’re not too sure, scientists have found a way to measure your content’s readability using a variety of methods. One such formula is called the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease Test. It measures the sentence length and the number of syllables. The shorter the sentence, the higher the score, and vice versa.

As writers, we have to make our content as concise as ever. You might be thinking, “Hey, doesn’t this contradict the previous point?” Good question! Compact doesn’t necessarily mean that you should cut corners and skimp on information. What this means is that you should write shorter paragraphs, use bullet points, etc. You get the gist.

No more meaningless chatter

“Give us catchy headlines!”

“We want interesting subheads!”

“This paragraph is too long, why isn’t he using bullets?!”

We’ve heard it all, we’ve seen it all. Amidst the clamor for headlines, funny reactions gifs, and slapdash content, statistics are showing us that readers do care for meaningful content and that they take the time to read them if they’re insightful enough.

Research backs this fact by stating that long-form content gets better search engine rankings and results. That means higher trust ratings, relevance, and social media exposure. Even shorter blog posts with 700 words or less can make a name for themselves, given that they are well-written, high caliber, and compelling.

How do you connect with your readers?

The answer lies in a simple yet painful truth: Know your audience. What other publications might they be reading? What are they looking for on the internet? Get to know them by having surveys and polls. For the tech-savvy, you can even gather their emotional data and engage with them in-depth.

Takeaway

In other words, you need to know how to write for your audience. Yes, mastering grammar is a given, but some things go beyond technicalities. Think about your audience and their preferences, and consider the context in where your readers are going to find your article.

Start by reading your write-up. If you notice any odd points sticking it, then it might be that polished yet. Read and revise your work. If you think that it’s something you wouldn’t want to know, then your audience probably won’t like it too.

About the author: Patrick Panuncillon established LinkVista Digital Inc., a digital marketing firm that specializes in SEO, web design, and article writing seo. Being a hands-on strategist, he likes to spend his time running his business and reading about digital marketing strategies and tech innovations. Patrick is also an article rewriter and blogger who talks about his writing and commercialization experience. You may connect with Patrick on LinkedIn.

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