Will You Join the Insanity Known as NaNoWriMo?

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November is NaNoWriMo. No, I'm not pulling your leg, this is truly a thing. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's the 30 days where hundreds of thousands of people worldwide attempt to write a novel (over 310,000 succeeded last year). Believe me, it's pure insanity. The rules are simple: Start writing on November 1st and stop on November 30th. You can prepare your novel by doing research, writing character bios, or outlining the plot. You can't start writing yet though ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: How Strong Verbs Can Enhance Your Impact

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] If you are anything like me, verbs are not something you spend a lot of thought on. But in writing, verbs are more crucial than you may think. There’s a big difference between what’s known as weak verbs and strong verbs. The easiest way to explain this is with an example: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Purpose Driven Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] There are many forms and sorts of writing: short stories, fiction books, newspaper stories, articles for magazines, blogs, you name it. And within those forms, the styles vary widely as well. It’s interesting to see for instance how much the Dutch newspaper style varies from the American approach. No matter the form or style however, the best writers have one thing in common: they are purpose ... Continue Reading

What Makes A Good Headline [Infographic]

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I wish that I could say that because I have been blogging for more than five years of my life and at least 2,000 articles under my belt across the Internet, that I have become some kind of a guru with crafting the best posts you would ever read. The reality is, I still have so much to learn and work on if I want to peak at my craft. One of the most difficult parts of blogging is creating the best title possible. For an article like this, it is simple because I am sharing an infographic with you ... Continue Reading

A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer

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I love writing. I’ve always loved it. I have hundreds of pages filled with handwritten stories from when I was a kid and a teen. I even created my own magazine that would come out a couple of times a year. My biggest dream was to become a writer. Guess what, I’m a writer now. I’ve published a non-fiction book, started a successful blog, and wrote many different publications like articles for magazines, guest blogs, youth ministry materials, and whatnot. And the funny thing is, that English is ... Continue Reading

PenPath: Helping Authors Track Their Impact

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I love writing, and one day, I’d like to be a writer full-time. For now, however, I’ll keep cranking out blog posts on my lunch break, which is fine, except that this doesn’t give me much time for the business side of writing. I have no time to track my posts to see what went well and what post was entirely ignored. This may sound boring—and it is!—but it’s really important to learn how to write in a way that engages an audience in an active and passionate way. That’s why I’m so excited about ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Apps

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I have found more freedom to write by giving myself more time every day for writing as I outlined in this previous post. Time, however, can be a two-edged sword. If you give yourself too much time, you'll end up wasting it or worrying about little details as you write instead of actually writing. Building more time in your day for writing will give you more freedom to write; however, it is also the limitations of time that can spur creativity. Once you've mastered the amount of time you would ... Continue Reading

Hemingway Editor — A Writer’s Writing App

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For several months I had been using Microsoft Office Word for writing my blog posts. Even though the grammar check was sometimes a little too harsh for my liking, it got the job done. It's a heavy app for pounding out blog posts, but I wanted to start working on improving my grammar and such, so it seemed like a good solution. Pages for Mac had some grammar features built in, but nothing as robust as what Word offered. So alas, I kept on using Word for my daily writing. And then Chris Ames ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Time

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The last few weeks has been a vacation of sorts. For the first time in years I have broken away from work and spent much needed time with my family, long time best friend, and away from the Internet. There were several things that I've learned from my time away from work and the web and I hope to share a few of those things in the coming days. The first thing has to do with time and its power to give the freedom to write. In this use case scenario, it's writing blog posts, but it also has me ... Continue Reading

Working on My Novel

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I don't know if I want to laugh or cry. Working On My Novel is a book written by Corey Arcangel on the difficult process of — as I am sure you can imagine — writing a novel. It is a collection of tweets from the many aspiring writers. Some funny, others sad, but all coming from those trying to write a novel. Can you identify with any of these excerpts from the book? ... Continue Reading