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Tip of the Day: Small steps are needed to make the giant leap.

You hear it often, but how many actually listen: take that big goal and divide it into smaller, more manageable chunks. This a philosophy can be applied to every aspect of our lives. For a writer, this means looking at that draft in sections. If you’re writing a first draft, but aiming for a specific word count (like one would during NaNoWriMo), you don’t try to get your full word count in one night (unless you’re a masochist). Instead, you write one chapter, one paragraph, one sentence at a time. It’s the same with editing. Even a long jumper needs to […]

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Tip of the Day: You can’t edit a blank page.

I’ve tried and tried and tried, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t edit a blank page—neither can you. When writing a first draft, it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be written. Even if you put down a paragraph at a time, a sentence at a time, it’s still one more paragraph or sentence than what you had before. Just keep writing until you write those precious words of “The End.”

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Tip of the Day: If in doubt, check the dictionary.

Don’t always rely on the spellchecker. Actually check a dictionary. The issue is mainly those words that have multiple spellings with different meanings depending on context. If in doubt, always check a dictionary. Oxford English Dictionary is best for those using UK English. Merriam-Webster is the most common for US English.

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Tip of the Day: CampNaNoWriMo is about building a community

For those participating in CampNaNoWriMo, keep in mind that these sorts of events are actually about building your writing community. Yes, you are working toward a word-count goal, one you’ve specified, but there is a reason that they encourage participation in cabins. Get to know the others in your cabin and start networking. You’ll need that support as you continue along your writing journey.

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Be a Good Reader of the Unpublished

There is a mantra among many writers: to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Many have taken this to mean that you need to read widely, reading every published book you can get your hands on. Some insist that you need to read at least a book a week while others spout off that it’s one a month. However, is all that reading of the published works really doing your writing any good? Let me explain.

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Tip of the Day: You are more than just a writer.

When looking through writers’ blog, it’s not surprising to see that so many of them focus on books and writing. We’re meant to blog about what we know and writing is what we know, right? WRONG! You are more than just a writer and you know about so much more, even if you don’t think so. Unless there is a strategic business reason to be focusing 100% on writing, you should include those others aspects of your life into your blog.

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Tip of the Day: You turn around, not round.

While colloquial slang might have someone turn round, the phrase is actually turn around. Round is a mathematical concept: round shape, round numbers, sequence. Around is the adverb. If a character uses the colloquial slang, then have them say, “Turn ’round.” Note the use of the apostrophe. This will highlight that you know it should be around, but deliberately used round.

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Social Media

Hidden Private Messages on Facebook

Most users of Facebook are very much aware that the site developers are constantly changing things to improve the end-user experience. However, sometimes the changes mean that things go missing or unseen.

One of the changes means that random users can sent you private messages (PM), even those who are not listed on your Friends list. How many times has someone said they send you a PM and you have spent hours digging through your old messages trying to find the elusive message but to no avail? How many of those message requests has Facebook filtered such that you don’t see them?

Well, here’s how you can access your missing Facebook PMs.

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