In my past work as a marketing communications director, I hired and supervised a ton of copywriters. Shakirah Dawud is among the best I know. In her guest post below, Shakirah explains what you have a right to expect from any copywriter you engage. - Lynette You want to send an effective message … [Read more...] about Guest Post: What You Deserve From Your Copywriter
In Part 1 of her guest post below, Linda Gartz, who writes the ambitious and impressive Family Archaeologist blog, shares the intriguing story of her research into her family’s history and the discoveries she’s made. Part 2 offers tips to others interested in documenting their family … [Read more...] about Family History Writing: Guest Post by Linda Gartz, Part 1
Are there books you turn to again and again to inspire your muse or strengthen your writing? This post (and a few to follow) is about those books I most often recommend to my creative writing students. Why? Because each of these books covers a lot of ground in an easy, accessible way. You won't … [Read more...] about 3 (or 4) Terrific Books for Aspiring Writers
If you’ve been doing something else with your life up to now (and who hasn’t?), go ahead and start identifying as a writer. It’s not necessary to tell others that you're a writer, but it’s critical that you tell yourself. Believe it in your heart. Believe it in your soul. You are a writer. You … [Read more...] about How to Become a Writer
I want to share another excerpt from my book, Polish and Publish. It's about whether or not you have the temperament—and interests—to be a writer. How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve always wanted to write?” Maybe you’ve said it yourself. An estimated 80 million Americans want to write … [Read more...] about Are You Cut Out to be a Writer?
Most writing fails to get published because of one main reason: The quality of the writing is weak. It’s flat, predictable, and uninteresting. It lacks depth and vitality. It doesn't grab the reader's attention quickly. Or it might be that the story, characters, language, or settings don't show … [Read more...] about Reasons Writing Gets Rejected