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A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips

A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips, guest post by Helen Birk

A lot of people like writing nowadays, and truth be told, in most cases, it turns out challenging process. However, there are those who love writing too much so that they earn a living by composing essays or poems, for example. Still, the road to becoming a specialist and self-motivated writer isn't as easy as it looks. However, there is an available option to read and follow these helpful tricks and tips.

1. The best writers, before they were considered as skillful, were one of the best readers. They read books, novels, poems, and other types of reading materials. They read frequently and vigorously because during reading they get ideas, stimulate their minds and consequently gain more knowledge.

2. It is critical for freelance writers to work as hard as possible. Writers need to build up a high confidence. When authors are confident about themselves, it will show up in their actions, which will result in a high-quality assessment. Try to join various communities where writers critique each other's work and survey constant changes.

3. Make sure you do your research properly and attract a certain type of audience. Before conducting research, you have to target a particular type of people. Whether it is a book, article or a magazine, a text should include a purpose and idea. If it has both qualities, then people will surely be reading it.

4. Start warming up before you write, open up a new document, and just start typing anything. Type for 3 minutes straight, and don't worry about making any mistakes. The warm-up is just for you, and no one else will see it. The point is to give your mind a chance to get used to typing and writing without having to worry about the result. This will help you write your draft with ease.

5. Write in stages, your initial stage is the first draft, where you jot down some quick notes and include a working title. Then you put your article away for a day and refine it later. You may work on your article for several days before you get to the final draft and start proofing a text for grammar and spelling errors.

6. Get to the point; readers are looking for reliable and easy-to-find information. Make your articles short and snappy. State your points as simply as possible. This will especially help you know how to write a good essay.

7. Focus on teaching. Your role as an author is to teach your readers about your niche. You help them obtain practical experience associated with your field. Being a teacher is a perfect skill, especially while experimenting with different tutoring methods.

8. Use short paragraphs, numbered lists, and bullet points; People who are reading content need articles that are formatted to be easy to read. Small paragraphs are easy on the eyes since it can be hard to read big blocks of text. Bullet points help draw attention to the most significant bits of information. A numbered list divides your article into easy-to-read sections.

9. To become a great copywriter, submit what you write. The key purpose of success is to communicate. If you hide your talent in the bottom drawer of your desk and never reveal it, you've effectively cut the lines of communication. Submitting your work is scary. But if you're ready to consider yourself as s writer, then it's time to send your work to someone who doesn't know your individuality or writing style. Send your work out into the world to be discovered.

10. Learn from Rejection; be prepared for being rejected. Even a compelling, page-turning novel of intrigue can face rejection if it does not suit the requirements of a publisher. Thus, if you're going to be rejected, take a benefit from it and learn from your mistakes.

11. For beginners - become persistent. Do you want to become a prominent writer? Never stop reading and writing. Treat your articles as a business plan that should already be in production.

12. Become an expert. Subscribe to newsletters and other resources such as Google Alerts to help you keep up to date on the niche you're in. Your goal is to become an expert.

13. A profound experience about the certain field of investigation is a huge advantage in providing the most thoughtful and authentic material. He will be interested in transferring those experience and skills. He may show how to break down complex arguments into enduring content which can be used for education.

14. For one to be able to communicate the topic effectively, the writer should be able to work within the guidelines of a subject matter specialist who can write documentation for an item and who can assist with any lingering questions. This way, you will not expect any slip-ups whenever an audience or students are referring to your written work.

15. Question/Answer. It is a wide-spread format for everyone who wants their questions promptly answered. Identify your audience's hot and urgent questions, list them and write a short paragraph or introduction about each answer/question. It is an effective way to compose a short article explaining your audience's most vital questions.

If you picked out just a few writing tips and used them in your next article, you would immediately gain required knowledge on how to become a writer. Over time, work on integrating all of these tips into your writing. You'll be amazed when you compare your previous articles with your more recent ones! I hope this article will be helpful in your writing career.

A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer: 15 Practical Tips, guest post by Helen Birk
Helen Birk is a freelance writer, who provides paper writing help for students at new australian assignment help official site. Mrs. Birk is a professional editor with a large experience in the journalistic field. Having a Ph.D. degree in Communications and work experience in different countries around the world, Helen managed to elaborate her own strategy of writing which can be used by modern authors. She is aware of up-to-date programs and resources she regularly consults, and she is always ready to share her knowledge with you.

Interview with Jane Haseldine

Interview with Jane Haseldine
Tell us about your latest book.
Duplicity is the second book in the Julia Gooden mystery series following a crime reporter in the city of Detroit (like the main character, Julia, I am a journalist and former crime reporter).
Julia is still haunted by a painful tragedy in her past. Her brother was abducted when they were children, and thirty years later, his case remains unsolved and is the reason Julia became a reporter, to give others the closure she could never find for herself.
In Duplicity, Julia is up against her own past demons and the city’s most ruthless criminal. Julia’s husband, assistant district attorney, David Tanner, is first chair for the trial of Detroit’s notorious crime boss, Nick Rossi. On the first day of the trial, a bomb goes off on the courthouse stairs, killing the prosecution’s key witness, Rossi’s second-in-command who was set to testify against his former boss, and critically injuring Julia’s husband. Now the story for Julia becomes personal. She enlists the help of her best source on her beat, Detroit Detective Ray Navarro, and the two work to piece together evidence that will connect Rossi to the attack. But the digger she deeps, Julia begins to unravel a tangled web of corruption, political ambition and blackmail and none of the players are whom they seem to be. When the lives of Julia’s children are threatened, Julia puts everything on the line to seek justice for the innocent and risks her own life to ensure her family is safe.
Interview with Jane Haseldine
What genre do you write and why?

I write mysteries. I got completely hooked on them when I was a kid. My mother took my siblings and me to the public library every Saturday growing up. When I was eleven, I had read every single book in the children’s section, and I told my mom I wasn’t going to go to the library anymore, because I thought I was too cool. That day, my mother checked out And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie for me. It was like I discovered fire, and I’ve been smitten with mysteries every since.

Who are your favourite authors?
Stephen King is my absolute favorite. His stories, even if I read them twenty years earlier, have always stayed with me. In the mystery genre, I’m also a big fan of Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Linwood Barclay, John Sandford and Michael Connelly. I’m currently reading Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, and it’s terrific.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Stick with it! Write and read every day. And be persistent despite rejections. It took me more than six months and sixty rejections to finally land a literary agent, and six more months after that to land a book deal with a publishing house. I believe, as a writer, its imperative to never, ever give up.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
My website: Janehaseldine.com. I’m also on Twitter: @JaneEyre77, Instagram: @janehaseldineauthor and Facebook: janehaseldinebooks

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

My favorite character in the book is its strong, yet flawed lead, Julia Gooden. Booklist’s review of Duplicity calls Julia, “ferociously bold and persistent.” Because of what happened to her brother, Julia is a dogged reporter who will stop at nothing to get to the truth. She is a good mom, an ethical, yet driven reporter, a loyal sister who never gave up on finding out what happened to her brother, and she is fearless when it comes to keeping her children safe. I think she’d be a very loyal friend, and if I were ever in a fight, I’d want Julia to have my back!

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?

When I started writing Duplicity, I had h a clear idea of who the bad guy would be. But the story took me in another direction, and I followed its lead. I hope the result, and not going along with my first instincts, will wind up being a real surprise to the readers. What I discovered in writing this book is that I may have a concrete plan in place, but I should allow myself the creative freedom to deviate, even substantially, if the story guides me elsewhere.

Interview with Jane Haseldine
How do you research your books?

Like my main character, Julia Gooden, I’m a journalist and former crime reporter. Although I know my way around a crime scene and can infuse my experience as a journalist into my stories, I’m not a police officer. For Duplicity, I reached out to a few former sources, both of who are retired police detectives, for background. Duplicity is not a police procedural, but I needed to make sure the story is believable and my former sources were a great help.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

The third book in the series, Worth Killing For, will be released by Kensington Publishing in April 2018. I’m currently wrapping up the fourth book in the series, Strange Magic.

Where can a reader purchase your book?

Wherever books are sold! But here are a few links:

Interview with Jane Haseldine


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Writing in the Interstices

Writing in the Interstices, guest post by Edward Ashton

When I was in graduate school, one of my writing professors pulled me aside after class one evening. He wanted to offer some well-intentioned advice.
“Writing a novel,” he said, “is like launching a rocket into orbit. You can sit there and grind away on the launch pad forever, but if you never achieve escape velocity, you’ll only wind up crashing and burning in the end.”
Writing in the Interstices, guest post by Edward Ashton
Setting aside his questionable understanding of orbital mechanics, I got the point he was trying to make. He felt I had too many distractions in my life, and that if I didn’t winnow them down, I would never reach my potential as a writer. He wanted me to apply to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Failing that, perhaps I could at least stop spending so much time eating chicken wings, or running around on a basketball court?
I thanked him politely, but I knew even then that a single-minded focus on writing wasn’t going to work for me.
I’ll preface the rest of this post by saying that I’m not in any way suggesting that the approach that I’ve taken to writing is the only one that works, or even the best one—but it was definitely the best one for me. I’ve always had a lot of different things going on in my life. As an undergrad, I had two majors and a raft of extracurriculars. In graduate school, I got into triathlons. Shortly after that discussion with my writing professor, I met someone. We got married. We had a child, and then we had two more. I got a job, then started teaching classes on the side because children, as it turns out, are expensive.
Through it all, I kept writing. I produced dozens of short stories, as well as two published novels. How?
The answer is that I learned not to need unbroken hours of solitude in order to put words on the page.
I have a friend who’s a very talented writer. He’s sold short pieces to multiple professional markets, won awards, gotten solid reviews—but he hasn’t published anything in years now, because he’s got a young family, and he just doesn’t have the time. He does, though. We all do. Contra my professor, writing—even novel writing—doesn’t have to be accomplished during marathon sessions in a garret somewhere. You don’t need to quit your job, or ignore your children, or alienate your spouse to produce a novel in a surprisingly short amount of time. You just need to learn to write in the interstices.
What do I mean by this? Your life’s interstices are those stretches of time between finishing one important thing and starting another. Classic interstice? The end of lunch. My work generally gives me an hour to cram food down my neck in the middle of the day. I eat a lot, but even so, I don’t actually need that much time. In between the time I finish eating and the time I need to get to my next meeting, I could surf the net, or jaw with my coworkers, or just get my nose back to the grindstone. I don’t. Instead, I usually pull out my laptop and bang out somewhere between a hundred and two hundred words. That doesn’t sound like much—but over the course of a year, those words will add up to half a novel or more.
Once you stop thinking of writing as something that has to be done in a specific place and  in big chunks of time, opportunities to add to your word count start to appear everywhere. Waiting for your kid to finish soccer practice? That’s a hundred words, easy. Partner insists on binge-watching The Walking Dead? Half a chapter. Stuck in a desolate canyon with your arm pinned under a boulder? You’ll have to type with one hand, but you ought to be able to finish a short story at least before gnawing your way to freedom.
Anyway, the tl;dr is this: we all have time to write. We just need to stop thinking of writing as the bricks in our life, and start thinking of it as the mortar in between.
Also, writing professors know jack-all about how space travel works. Can’t forget that part.

Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. He is the author of Three Days in April, as well as several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Louisiana Literature and Escape Pod. 

You can find him online at edwardashton.com. 
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Writing in the Interstices, guest post by Edward Ashton


Book Showcase: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

Book Showcase: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

Title: Colorblind
Author: Leah Harper Bowron
Book Showcase: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron
About the book:
The time was 1968. The place was Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated. War was raging in Vietnam. And war was raging on the playground of the all-white Wyatt Elementary School.
Schoolyard bullies teased sixth grader Lisa Parker because of the way her nose looked. Lisa would often develop a stomachache and check out of school to escape the bullies. Until sixth grade teacher Miss Annie Loomis came to Wyatt. Miss Loomis just happened to be the first African American at Wyatt, and Lisa loved her English class. Now, when the bullies teased Lisa, she would stay in school so that she could be in Miss Loomis’ class. Yet something terrible happened that would change Lisa and Miss Loomis forever.  
Racism reared its ugly head at Wyatt, and now Lisa was not the only victim of the bullies’ teasing. Would Miss Loomis endure the bullies’ racist taunts?
Book Showcase: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron
About the Author:
Leah Harper Bowron is a lawyer and James Joyce scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her article “Coming of Age in Alabama: Ex parte Devine Abolishes the Tender Years Presumption” was published in the Alabama Law Review. She recently lectured on Joyce’s novel Ulysses at the University of London and the Universite de Reims. She lives in Texas and has a daughter named Sarah and a cat named Jamie.
Facebook: Leah Harper Bowron
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Book Showcase: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar

Book Showcase: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar

Title: Parent Teacher Association

Author: Jennifer Soosar

Book Showcase: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar
About the book:

Fresh out of a mental hospital, Lizanne Demeter is thrilled to get a second chance at her career when she's hired to teach third grade in the backwater town of Splinter Wood, Pennsylvania. But hopes for a peaceful new life are ruined when demanding ‘helicopter mom’ Naomi Seabrook pushes Lizanne to the brink.

While struggling to maintain control of her classroom, Lizanne begins to unravel the secret behind Naomi’s hell-bent agenda. As deadly clues emerge, Lizanne suspects Naomi is guilty of more than just overindulging her child.

With her life teetering on chaos, Lizanne risks everything to expose the shocking truth. But first, she must race against her own spiraling sanity to prove herself a more dedicated teacher than anyone dared imagine—the kind of teacher who makes ALL the difference.

Book Showcase: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar
About the Author:

Jennifer Soosar watched too much ‘America’s Most Wanted’ growing up and has been writing about shady characters ever since. She was born and raised in Toronto and has a degree in Anthropology from York University. Her short fiction has appeared in the Toronto Star and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

Her website is: www.JenniferSoosar.com

Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2tXk519 

Book Showcase: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar


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Excerpt: 66 Metres by J F Kirwan

Excerpt: 66 Metres by J F Kirwan

Title: 66 Metres
Author: J F Kirwan
Excerpt: 66 Metres by J F Kirwan
About the book:
A chilling and utterly compelling thriller that you won’t be able to put down!
The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…
‘Let’s see if you can really shoot. Give her your pistol,’ Kadinsky said to one of the henchmen, the one with a pockmarked face – Pox, Nadia named him – who immediately lost his sense of humour.
She took the weapon from his outstretched hand, weighed it in her palm. An old-style Smith & Wesson. God knows why the guy had it. Most blatnye preferred semi-autos, Makarovs or the older but higher-velocity Tokarevs. She checked that it was loaded, all six bullets nestling in their chambers. She glanced at Kadinsky, thought about killing him. But the other henchman, the fat one with slicked black hair – hence, Slick – had his Glock trained on her, his lopsided leer daring her.
Kadinsky waved a hand towards Katya, five metres away. He tilted his head left and right, then settled back against the soft leather, took a gulp of whiskey, and smacked his lips. ‘The red rose in the bowl of flowers behind her left ear. Shoot it. From where you stand.’
Slick’s eyes flicked toward Katya, gauging the angles. His leer faded.
Nadia stared at her sister and the rose. Most of it was behind her head. Only one leaf of the scarlet blossom was exposed. She swallowed, then lifted the revolver, and took up a shooting stance like her father had taught her. Right arm firm, elbow not fully locked, left hand under the fist, prepared for the recoil. She had to do it before anger built and disrupted her concentration. She cocked the hammer, lined up the shot, then spoke to Katya’s serene, trusting face: ‘Love you,’ she said. Then she breathed out slowly, as if through a straw, and squeezed the trigger.
Masonry exploded behind Katya. The crack was so loud that three other men burst into the room, weapons drawn. Kadinsky waved them back as Pox peeled the revolver from Nadia’s stiff fingers. Petals fluttered to the floor amidst a plume of white powder from the impact crater in the wall. Katya sat immobile, pale, the hair on the left side of her head ruffled as if by a gust of wind. A trickle of blood oozed from her left temple, and ran down her cheek.
Katya, lips trembling, beamed at Nadia. ‘Still alive,’ she said, her voice hoarse. She touched the graze with an unsteady forefinger.
Nadia began to shake. She folded her arms, refusing to give Kadinsky the satisfaction.
Excerpt: 66 Metres by J F Kirwan
About the Author:
Barry (JF) works by day in aviation safety, and writes at night. He is also a diving instructor and has dived all over the world. He got hooked on writing when people started arguing about his characters as if they were real people. He is married and lives in Paris, because the coffee is better there, and he needs coffee to write.

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