Three Things You Were Taught About Good Writing That Are Actually Wrong

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

The first thing that happens when you get to college to get an English degree is that you’re told about descriptive and prescriptive approaches to linguistics, and then told to pick a side.
The issue between the two camps is the following question: what should govern standards in language? If you think it’s well-established rules and regulations, you’re a prescriptivist. You cringe and grumble when you see a split infinitive, and you complain about how no one cares about using the language right anymore. If you think the standard in language is its use by native…

Organizing a Huge Writing Project in Write!

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

Working on a large writing project is a lot like juggling forty things at once. They’re all different shapes, weights and sizes, and, oh, one of them is a chainsaw. If you don’t establish a system that keeps track of and systematizes all your notes, research, outlines, chapter drafts, discarded bits you still like and might want to use later use later, motivational essays you’ve written for yourself and drafts of acceptance speeches you’re planning on giving, it can easily get out of hand.
The road to success is paved with organizational skills.
Luckily, Write!…

The Basic Guide to Editing Your Own Writing

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

Editing is the most labor-intensive part of the writing process. It takes discipline, stamina, and the ability to divorce yourself from your writing. Rewriting is its more agonizing cousin, and takes all that and the fortitude to keep banging your head against the wall until the dent looks even.
It goes like this: go line by line through the entire thing, marking what you don’t like, then do it again, then rewrite, then edit again, and maybe after five cycles it’s ready to be shown to other people.
Is Rewriting Necessary?
The basic logic…

How to Overcome Self-Doubt: a Guide for Writers

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

What do lack of motivation, creative block and procrastination all have in common?
Self-doubt.
It’s all that’s needed to make a writer freeze up, and stop making things.

According to Charles Bukowski, doubting yourself is a good sign:

Charles-Bukowki

Now that sounds nice and validating, but don’t let it make you feel too good about not working. After all, it doesn’t matter how much of a good writer you are according to Bukowski — a good writer shows up to work, self-doubt be damned.

So how do you do…

Write! 1.9.0 Adds Export to DOCX

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Updates,

Hey, writers!
After several updates with minor bug fixes, today we are delivering something you’ve all been waiting for.

Export to DOCX

Apart from exporting to .html, .pdf, .txt, odt and .mdown, you can now export to .docx. In order to do it, use the Ctrl+Shift+E shortcut, or go to the File menu and click Export or just hit the E letter. The structure of the document and all the styles will be inherited.

A New Way to Format Headers

Write! keeps working to make your writing process more optimized….

8 Web Tools Any Type of Writer Can Benefit From Using

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

In the times before the advent of computers and the internet, writers had to rely purely on instinct and education to create their writing. The barrier for entry was huge, and the competition tiny. Nowadays, anyone who knows how to put together a sentence can be a writer. That’s not the only requirement, obviously, but you can’t discount the fact that anyone with a WordPress and the time to put “writer” in their Twitter bio is your competition.
So how do you stand out from the sea of non-skilled amateurs (especially if you yourself are an…

How to Remain Motivated While Getting Your Writing Rejected

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
– Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury had amassed over 500 rejections before publishing his first short story. For him, as well as for many other writers, the path to success was not easy or straightforward. Even those as prolific, talented and overall brilliant as Bradbury will face rejection.
Still, that’s not the most comforting thought. Getting a break seems like an insurmountable problem until you get it. So how does one cope in the meantime? With no encouragement, the financial trouble that comes…

Should Writers Keep a Journal?

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

Do you keep a journal? Lots of writers do. They’re a great way to capture all the ideas you have with no pressure to make anything of them. Whenever you think of something potentially interesting or worth developing, just open up that notebook, and write it down. Is that so bad?
Well, if you’re writing part-time after you do your main job, journaling can take away time from making progress on your main project, essentially becoming a way to procrastinate while feeling productive. Is writing in a journal actually a worthwhile writing endeavor, or is it…

Feeling Unmotivated? Use These Quotes From Writers to Jolt You

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

If you’re the type of writer who struggles to keep their motivation levels even, know you’re not alone. Even a prolific writer with lots to say and a million reasons to do it can be discouraged after a few bad days of writing. It’s as easy as being under the weather.

There’s no easy fix for this, but a motivational dose from a fellow writer can often do the trick. So why are you feeling unmotivated?

You’re Not Writing as Well as You Want To

Anyone’s first attempt at making anything is…

Forming a Writing Habit is the Only Way to Get Good at Writing

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

Do a cursory search, and you’ll find the internet teeming with advice on how to become a better writer. Here’s a few samples: you’ve got to write from your “happy place”, imitate your heroes, write out your daydreams, etc., etc. No comment on whether this advice is any good, since different things work for different people. However, one thing becomes clear after surveying these pieces of advice: all of it is circling one thing, and that is a writing habit.

You’ve Been Lied to About What Writers Do

The popular view of what a…

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