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10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel

10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel

Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N … Read More

10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel
Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N
5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c
Top 10 Tips for Creative Writing
Love writing, but sometimes not sure where to start? Check out these top tips for creative writing from Chicago tutor Galen B. to kickstart your imagination! Creative writing is a valuable means of self-expression, but it can be a challenging process. There are difficulties every step of the way—from confronting a blank page to battling writer’s block to finding the right way to end a piece. Whatever you’re writing, the most important thing is to not lose confidence. These 10 tips for cre
How to Use Tongue Twisters to Practice a Second Language
There's nothing like a good tongue twister to get your mouth moving! In this article, you'll learn how to use tongue twisters to improve your pronunciation in any language you're learning. This is brought to you by our friends at Magoosh...   Tongue twisters, as you probably know, are silly poems that use very similar sounds. They’re especially popular with children. Famous American picture books, like Fox in Socks, delight kids with tongue twisters that are hard (but fun) to read out
Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!
Think you can skip the book and go straight to the literature study guides or CliffsNotes? Not so fast! Check out tutor Matthew H.'s advice here...   Many high school and college students will use some form of literature study guides during their schooling. These can be really useful tools when implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, too many people view them as a way to avoid doing the assignment rather than as a way to understand the material better. First of all, let’s dis

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