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5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction

5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction

Writing fiction comes with a number of myths that keep many people from giving it a serious try. Don't them get you down! Here are a few things that you might hear about the industry as you're learning how to write fiction--and the reality behind them. 1. You Have to Be a Big Name to Write Many aspiring writers are told that unless you're Stephen King or you're famous for something else, there's no point in trying to get your work noticed. But the truth is, many publishers actively look for … Read More

5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction
Writing fiction comes with a number of myths that keep many people from giving it a serious try. Don't them get you down! Here are a few things that you might hear about the industry as you're learning how to write fiction--and the reality behind them. 1. You Have to Be a Big Name to Write Many aspiring writers are told that unless you're Stephen King or you're famous for something else, there's no point in trying to get your work noticed. But the truth is, many publishers actively look for
How to Avoid (and Check for) Plagiarism
With so many resources available today, the temptation to plagiarize can be strong for students. So how can you check your work to make sure you're not walking the line? Here are some tips from Fallbrook, CA tutor Sarah B.:   Copying and using the writing of others as one’s own – called plagiarism – used to be difficult, before modern computers. Today, digital text makes it easy. Copy and paste. Bingo. Perfect writing. Why not plagiarize instead of crafting original prose? Beca
8 Awesome Resources to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills
There are so many websites, books, and other resources to help you improve writing skills, study skills, and more. Here are 8 awesome ideas from San Diego, CA tutor Natalie S... Beginning and completing a piece of writing can be a scary process. To some students, it may feel like there are a lot of unknown variables. It takes a long time to outline an essay. It requires a lot of brainstorming and organization. There isn’t a specific formula. There isn’t a right or a wrong, just a subjective g
7 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids During Winter Break
Is winter weather and Christmas impatience taking its toll on your kids – and your sanity? Get their holiday-inspired, creative juices flowing – and banish the boredom - with these fun writing prompts for kids with a winter theme… Channel some Dickens. Have your child write a poem or a story featuring three different versions of themselves getting a Christmas wish granted: one in the present, one in the past, and one in the future. Make a parody. What’s your child’s favorite Christ
Storytelling Techniques: Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing and storytelling are great skills to teach your children. Parents and teachers alike can instill the love of storytelling in children to enhance their language skills, encourage reading, and stir their imagination. The trick, though, is to understand the roadblocks that kids may face and the storytelling techniques that help them overcome these issues. Common Roadblocks Fear of public speaking: This fear is common in adults and children alike. If you can get children comfortable

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