Top 10 Tips for Writers

Top 10 Tips for Writers

1. Write wow content. 2. Writing is your job: Write every day—something. Be productive. Write as long as it takes to develop something worth sharing. Write when you don’t feel inspired. Write when you feel inspired. Just write. 3. While writing is mostly solitary, remember that it shouldn’t isolate you. The real world is the fuel to your writing. Engage with others. Spend time doing fun things, doing helpful things, doing hard things—be active...

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Building Your Brand

Building Your Brand

—by Karis Vigil, M.S.   Every year just after Thanksgiving, the questions start: What do you want for Christmas? What does he want? Any ideas for so-and-so? After a couple weeks, I need flow charts just to keep track of who I told what. As usual, my wish list last Christmas contained a number of books. As I searched for ideas for family and friends, I kept coming across books to add to my list. It made me stop to think: why this book or...

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The Apollo 13 Approach to Writing

The Apollo 13 Approach to Writing

Do you remember the scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the guys at mission control scramble to find a fix—and fast—for the astronauts caught in a crippled spacecraft about 200,000 miles from Earth? We see one of mission control’s brainiacs enter a room carrying a cardboard box, dumping the contents onto a table, and challenging his crew to come up with a solution using only those materials. Those spare parts were everything the astronauts had...

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101 Writing Tips

101 Writing Tips

Write a great story. Write every day. Or maybe don’t. But if you want to get paid, write every day. Hone the craft. Start small—begin with articles, blogs, and community publications. Accept opportunities that come your way, even if they aren’t glamorous. Don’t isolate yourself—interaction with others gives you fuel to write. Find a writing group and soak up as much as you can. Welcome feedback. Listen to critique. Don’t argue with good...

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Subtitle Mysteries

Subtitle Mysteries

In over two dozen years of writing, I’ve faced some challenges—from ghostwriting books about organ donation and childhood sexual abuse to speechwriting for a client with no experience in public speaking. But I recently encountered a first. My job was to approve subtitles for an entire DVD series. Fortunately, I had to review only the English subtitles—my Korean and Chinese were a bit rusty—but it was difficult because I had never reviewed...

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