How To Increase Your Writing Skills

Mastering the writing skills is not everyone’s cup of tea. But knowing these little known secret tips will not only enhance your writing skills but also make you creative.

I’m bringing here 5 secret tips to change your boring writing style into an attractive one.

Tip #1: Keep your sentences clear and concise

Yes, you all know this fact very well but while writing, most of the people forget this simplest yet the most important fact. You start writing in short sentences but eventually end up making longer sentences using connectors.

Example: John is a talented boy. He likes to spend his time by playing basketball. Sometimes he likes to spend his time reading articles. (Simple, To-the-point)

Now see what actually happens while writing:

John is a talented boy and he likes to spend his time by playing basketball but sometimes he likes to spend his time reading articles. (Single Complex Sentence, Lengthy)
Thus, avoid forming longer sentences.

Tip #2: Always write in Active Voice

People developed an unhealthy habit of writing even simplest of the sentences in passive voice. Though writing in this voice is not bad, but sometimes it distracts

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How To Be Successful Author

Is it possible to make it big in the book business in an underdeveloped or a developing country such as Nigeria noting that Nigerians don’t read? As a the founder of a platform that teaches people how to stake a claim in what has come to be called the expert industry, with focus on book writing, these are the type of questions majority of my candidates bombard me with. This article addresses these concerns.

As J. F. Kennedy once noted, the great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’ A typical amateur author with a short-term mindset sees the world as the gardener, while those with long-term focus approach every enterprise, be it education, investment in stocks or book writing, as Marshall Lyautey. As trite as the following cliché is, it’s worth repeating, nothing good ever comes cheap. As Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in his elegant book, Tipping Point,

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How To Understand The Readers

Why do we read? I hadn’t really thought about this question in any depth. Sure I could tell you that I do it because I love to, that those stolen hours lost in pages are exciting, exhilarating escapism. But I’d never considered – and as a psychologist with my theoretical roots firmly embedded in science and evolution I should have – that story is actually a powerful part of our lives.

Think about it, unlike other pass times – like quilting,croquet or gambling – everyone does story in one form or another. I devour books, my husband loves to watch TV, my son absorbs himself in games of breeding dragons or building pixelated forests. Children take plastic My Little Pony’s and build families and plan great adventures. Adults take little painted figurines and build empires and plan their enemy’s defeat. Gossiping is story, seeing a psychologist is all about telling your story, marketers know that a good story will invest you in their product. I realised that story is EVERYWHERE.

Which means escapism isn’t a good enough reason for story to be with us. It’s

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How To Deal With Writer Block

SLAM! Just when you thought you had it licked, that blank wall gobsmacked you!

There you were, all nice and cozy in front of your pristine writing surface, all primed and ready to write! And waited. And waited. And waited. Forever, it seemed. NOTHING!

After what seemed an eternity, you turned off the computer in disgust, put your well-crafted writing utensil back in its velvet-lined box, and slunk back to the land of the living.

Drained. Disheartened. Disheveled. Disgusted.

What a waste, I’m no writer. Heck, writers go through this a mile a minute. Me? An old, sprained mule could beat me on days like today.

And there’s been altogether too many days just like this, for my tastes. Perhaps I’m not cut out for this kind of work. Perhaps Mom was right: “Be an orthodontist,” she had said. But NO! I knew in my heart I was a WRITER!!!

Sound familiar? Some of the details may be changed, but I’ll bet you’ve had the same kind of roadblock a number of times before.

And in all cases, you’ve wandered away from the trades, feeling lower than a snail’s left kneecap.

Take heart! You’re not alone. Thousands of writers and writer would-be’s pound themselves in waves against the

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Tips For Making Short Stories

At the end of the Mechanical Age by Donald Barthelme
The protagonists of the story are Ralph and Ms Davis. The story portrays the contemporary age as being dull and boring. But the mechanical age has got its comfort zones. Ms Davis a widow gets married to Ralph. The marriage ceremony is witnessed by God who makes them take an oath: ‘you wedded husband and life promise to make whatever mutually satisfactory accommodations necessary to reduce tensions and arrive at previously agreed upon goals both parties have harmoniously set in the appropriate planning sessions’. The story is vague and lacks depth and form. It resembles an incongruous abstract painting.

Petition by John Barth
John Barth in the Petition writes an epistle to a renowned person from Thailand who is visiting America for a surgery. Barth is very much drawn to Eastern Mysticism and Eastern religions. He extols the virtues of the foreigner’s history. He also describes the contemporary culture of America in ironic terms. One can’t find the essence of a story in the petition by Barth.

Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Marquez
The Cage made by Balthazar is a fascinating and mysterious story about Balthazar who makes a cage and sells it

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How To Increase Your Writing Speed

3 Tips To Speed Up Your Writing

There is absolutely no denying that writing can be a dreary and draining task. Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer, Anne Tyler, once said, “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.”

If professional authors and writers need to force themselves to write, one can imagine the sheer willpower required for an ordinary person to sit down and put pen to paper… or fingers to keyboard just to produce a piece of content.

Even if you love writing, there will be times when you’re just not into it. What do you do then? You may still have deadlines to meet or your blog will need its scheduled post. You don’t have a choice but to write… and it can seem torturous.

The best way to get around this problem will be to become a more productive writer. That essentially means that you’ll be able to write more in less time. For example, if it takes you an hour to write your weekly blog post, by becoming a faster writer, you might be able to write two posts in that same hour.

You’ll then have content for two weeks and you won’t

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Tips To Encourage Children To Write

Writing is a priceless tool for children to master and use, just like reading is. The earlier they start writing words and sentences the more confident they will be on life’s journey. Many parents teach their young children how to read before they even enter kindergarten. But why not encourage them to write before and during their first year of formal schooling? Based on my thirty-three years of teaching elementary school, here is what I would recommend.

1. Children learn by example. To become a better reader or writer, children need to see their parents frequently reading and writing. If the atmosphere in the home is laden with books and active readers and writers, young children with want to explore books and writing. Children can become interested in books and writing through what they see and hear in their home and school environment.

2. When children enter school, they school be encouraged to use the school library, and the class library. If the classroom teacher doesn’t have a lending library in the room, perhaps you could volunteer to create one. Friends of the Public Library usually have fantastic sales on used books. I have bought full bags of books for one dollar.

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How To Promote Your Ebook

At this point in your business, you are probably generating a lot of top-quality content. With a little luck and a lot of skill, a large number of people are reading your content and interacting with you because of it. So, what is your next step? Well, if your content is working effectively, your next step is to create another extremely effective tool and to promote it effectively. It is time to write an eBook.

Once you have written your eBook, you need to promote it effectively
The first thing that you need to ponder is exactly what you hope to get out of an eBook if you write it. You should not think of your eBook as a way to get rich. You should consider it a tool that will help you to make a lot of good progress in your business. Of course, your eBook is like building a fancy casino in the Nevada desert. If you don’t tell anyone about your casino, you won’t get any visitors. You can connect that analogy to your eBook. If you don’t promote it, nobody will be aware of its existence and nobody will read what you have written.

Your eBook should be

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Tips Selling Books In Bookstore

With the convenience of shopping from one’s couch or office, why would anyone take time to go to a traditional bookstore? Actually, there are many reasons.

Readers of all ages love the experience of walking into a physical bookstore, grabbing a cup of coffee to sit down and read a few favorites before making a buying decision.

However, massive bookstores are not always the stores of choices for today’s book buyer. One reason is the closure of chains like Borders. Secondly, many prefer to shop at independent stores.

Great opportunity

In the era of online buying and the e-book, new technologies are offering independent bookstores a lifeline. Without the constraints of the big chains and big box stores, the independents can create a much more memorable experience for book buyers.

Whether it be a book signing for a local author, regular events to increase interests of young readers, small workshops, or fundraisers for local charities, independent bookstores are in a great position to create an experience for communities of all sizes.

According to Christian Science Monitor, “Eight years ago, independent bookstores were supposed to be ancient history, thanks to a lethal triple whammy: competition from large brick-and-mortar chains like Barnes & Noble and Borders, surging e-book

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The Secret Writing Synopsis

When people pick up your book they want to know is what it is about. This is why books have a synopsis or description on the back cover. But if the text featured on the back cover doesn’t hook the reader’s interest right away, chances are they won’t buy the book.

After seeing your book cover or hearing your book title, the first thing readers do is pick up the book and flip it over to read the back cover, or if they are online, they will look for the product description, also called a short summary or synopsis (about a paragraph long). Some authors put only their biographies on their back covers. Depending on the book, the author’s Bio might give credibility but not only will the reader still wonder what the book is about; the author is also missing out on the best opportunity to hook readers. Below are some tips on writing a synopsis with a hook:

1- Make it Short. Remember, the possible buyer will not spend more than few seconds looking at the back cover, so make it sweet, short and to the point.

2- Make it Relevant. Most people look for stories relevant to their lives, so

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How To Dealing With Local Bookstore

Today I would like to talk about my recent experiences as an independent author who is solely responsible for marketing my own novels and short stories. As an indie author I have dealt with a number of small local bookstores and I have several tips and suggestions for other authors who want to see their books appear on the shelves of their local bookstores.

My first suggestions is PERSISTENCE.

Some time ago I was walking through my favorite part of old Louisville and came across a local bookstore. I entered the store to browse and noticed that in the far back corner there was a “Local Author’s” section. I decided to ask about offering my books on that shelf and the young man behind the counter was very polite and helpful. He provided me with both an email address and a phone # for the store manager and suggested I contact said manager. I thanked the young man and went about my day.

A few days later I emailed the manager. There was no reply. I waited a week later and emailed again. Still there was no reply. So I decided to place a phone call. time Still no reply. I decided to

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Things You Should Consider Before Writing

For a moment, visualize your website without the words, the images, the videos, the audio, the embed apps or even the raw data! How does it look and feel now? Empty, inanimate, useless, and worthless! Well, that sums up the value of web content. That said, you cannot fill up your website with just anything. The content you place and distribute over the World Wide Web, ought to have a purpose, which may be brand building, boosting online sales, simply delivering information to the visitors or a mix of all of these. When the content fails to hit these targets, it is nothing but noise. So, what differentiates a meaningful, relevant, goal-oriented content from the noise? The answer is – a strategic Content Plan.

“What is Content Plan & Do I have one for my website?”

The question is an obvious unless you are an online marketer who spends hours mapping digital marketing campaigns. In the plainest words, the Content Plan is a blueprint of what content you publish online, when, on what platform, for whom and with what objective. The other experts may add to the definition to widen its scope, but the essence is extracted in this one sentence.

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All About Writing Service

If you have a blog or site to manage, you may need to go for a blog writing service. But how can you find out if you really need to hire a service? Actually, it depends on the fact whether you can handle the workload yourself and whether you have the budget to spend on a writing service. But to help you out further, we have put together 5 good reasons that you should hire a good content writing service.

Multiple content writers

Usually, content writing services have in-house writers that consistently deliver high quality content. Moreover, you have many writers at your service at all times. In case you have huge work to handle, you can ask them to engage multiple writers.

Budget optimization

Hiring a service won’t cost you as much as hiring a full-time writer. You will pay just for the work you wanted to get done, and that is it. You won’t need to pay them a regular amount of money. Once the work is done, you can end your contract with the service. And again if you need to get something written, you can hire them again. So, cost-effectiveness is another good reason you should consider hiring a content

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How To Organize Books

Novels and story books take you out of reality and let you dream with your eyes wide open. There is something so calming yet exhilarating when one reads an engrossing novel. Each novel has a memory attached to it, but also takes space in your bedroom or living room. So how do you keep your favourite novels intact and yet make space for more?

In this week’s article, we will give you some simple home library organisation tips and tricks that will appeal to your aesthetic as well as emotional senses all at one go.

So before you pick on a strategy to organise your library, one must get down to the nitty-gritty of the task.

Follow this simple checklist:
a) How many books there are that need to be organized?
b) How much shelf space there is for all of the books?
c) How often will you make a purchase of new books?

Once these answers get clear in your head, you can go forward with the planning of your library.

The reason behind doing this exercise is that, you will get a sense of how to organise, whether you need an extra shelf to be built and so on. More so when you’re

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How To Be Professional Writer

Why are so many writers and authors so broke? I’ve asked myself this after attending writer groups. Sure a few of us have made some money in this venue, but most are broke. Why? Often it’s because they have low self-esteem and won’t ask for payment that equals their work or value. This is a personal problem, but there are other reasons as well. Another reason is because of simple economics; supply and demand. Today anyone can be a writer or an author because of word-processors, software and the Internet – and that means more writers, and although there are also more venues that require this skill, even poor writers look okay considering all the crap online. Okay so, before I go into any sort of tirade, let’s talk.

Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine, Dr. Gary S Goodman, asked; “Should You Write For Free?” Next he asks a more in-depth question: “One clear sign that you are a pro is that you are paid for your work. If you are not paid, does this signify you are something less?”

My view is that if what you write is of value, then someone will be willing to pay you for it,

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Understanding Shakespearean Phrases

I have nothing new to write about William Shakespeare, the 16th century genius who revolutionized the world of literature. Still popularly and admirably known as The Bard, Shakespeare has given the world, among many gems, certain catch phrases that are being used in day-to-day journalism almost exceedingly, even after four centuries. The crux of the issue is that, while anyone is free to use his quotations, overusing often kills the true essence of the situation in which they were originally used. Here are three examples of those world-famous phrases.

To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question

The most powerful soliloquy from “Hamlet” might have given the world of words the most commonly used phrase adapted for various scenarios. In fact, the usage of this phrase has become so mundane that even for very small things such as whether you should cook vegetables today, people tend to use this sentence as a representation of some kind of dilemma. The phrase originally was written around the moral question of life and death, about whether embracing death on the grounds of escaping the bitterness of life is the right thing to do. Hence, it would probably be wise to reserve this quotation

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Why You Need Marketing Plan

A book marketing plan is a critical component to success as a published author.

Yet many authors tend to skimp on taking the time to put one together.

For one, they may feel that putting together a marketing plan for their book is time-consuming.

Or, they may simply find the process too confusing.

In this article, you will learn three reasons why you need a book marketing plan if you plan to succeed as an author.

Book marketing is important in crafting a strategy to getting your books in front of the right readers. It is important to know exactly how you plan to get your books read.

1. A smart marketing strategy will help you to define opportunities that are available to you in your chosen book niche. You will be able to identify these opportunities because you will have to do research while crafting your plan. This research may include locating book clubs that read books in your niche, finding magazines that you could possibly advertise your book in, and so forth.

2. A book marketing plan will help you get clear on your target audience. Your target audience is out there; and they are just waiting to read your book. Your job is to

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Tips To Sell More Books

If you want to make money writing books, then you need to make sure that your book sales go on for years.

The question though, is how do you do that? How do you make sure that you can keep on selling copies of your books for years to come?

The answer is simple.

You need to write more books that your readers want to read.

And it doesn’t matter if you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. The advice I’m going to give you works for both.

What you need to do is not just write a book, but write a series of books. That way, once someone has read your book, they can come back for more.

The first thing you need to do is plot out your series. Then each book you write has to be a complete book in itself (needs a satisfactory ending or conclusion) plus it needs to keep your readers hungry for more.

If you write fiction, then it’s easy to write an ongoing saga split into a series of books, just like the Harry Potter novels did. Each one was a book on its own, but at the same time, the story of the three main characters, just kept going and

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All About Author Platform

What is an author platform?

An author platform focuses on who you are as the author, and how many people you influence. It is what you represent. It is what comes to mind when people hear your name.

There are four components to building a platform as an author.

Authors should think of themselves in the same way as celebrities do. Becoming famous does not happen overnight. In fact, you don’t become famous without having a following.

And you can’t have a following without first having a presence. People have to come to know you as an author. They must encounter your brand in order to get to you.
Many new authors tend to believe that the only thing they need to focus on is writing the book; when that is so far from the truth. As an author, yes, you must write books; but, you also have to think about how you are going to get in front of the people who matter the most to your career: your readers.

What are the four components to building your platform as an author?

1. Presence. How will people find you if they don’t even know that you exist in the first place? You must spend time

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All About Comedy Books

I’m sure most of you have read, or at least heard of the fictional story called Don Quixote, written by the most well-known Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes in 1605(1st Part) and 1615(2nd Part). Alonso Quixano is a fifty-year-old gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. He obsessively reads books about chivalric knights from the not so long-ago Middle Ages. He reads so much so that he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked, creating chaotic plots.

The protagonist Alonso Quixano calls himself Don Quixote. The novel is a parody of the brave knights of old legends. The irony of the novel is embodied in the full title of the two-part novel-El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

To understand the title is to see Cervantes’ comical manipulation of words. Ingenioso means clever. Don Quixote is not a clever man. His decisions are made based on irrational thinking. When he sees a windmill, he thinks he sees a giant and rushes in to fight it. When he sees two groups of sheep, he believes he is seeing an army of men ready to fight. Again, he runs into the

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