Category: A Writer’s Life blog

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

Recasting the old Grammar Nazi designation: I was in a work-based Chat at my day job. A few of us were complaining about common internet and chat grammar blunders that made our heads spin. When I referred to myself as a Grammar Nazi, I got yelled at. Fine. Let’s say Ninja instead. I’m a Grammar …

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Surefire Hacks for building a Following on X

Building a massive following on X (formerly Twitter) can help you increase your blog’s traffic. Here are some actionable tips to achieve this: Remember, it’s not just about the quantity of followers, but the quality. Engage with your audience, provide value, and build meaningful relationships to drive traffic to your website or blog.

The ADHD Writer

25 Strategies to Break Through Creative Barriers Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presents some unique challenges for writers. The core symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and emotional dysregulation can make it extraordinarily difficult to focus on writing tasks, outline stories, organize thoughts, and sit still long enough to bring projects to completion. However, the gifts …

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Carnegie, Hill, & Stone’s Rules of Success

Andrew Carnegie’s 10 Rules of Success: 1. Define Your Purpose 2. Create a Master Alliance 3. Go the Extra Mile 4. Practice Applied Faith 5. Have Personal Initiative 6. Indulge your Imagination 7. Exert Enthusiasm 8. Think Accurately 9. Concentrate your Effort 10. Profit from Adversity. Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” outlines the following …

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Mastering the Craft:

Essential Copywriting and Content Writing Tips for New Writers. Introduction: In the digital age, where captivating content reigns supreme, mastering the art of copywriting and content writing is a valuable skill for aspiring writers. Whether you’re crafting compelling headlines, penning persuasive sales copy, or creating engaging blog posts, honing your writing skills is essential to …

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Surefire Hacks to Supercharge Your Writing

This article is for all the writers who want to improve their writing skills. It will provide tips and tricks on how to write better, faster, and smarter. Some of the tips and trade secrets that will be discussed in this article are: Setting The Stage: There are many tips and tricks that we can …

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Writing To Understand The World

WRITING TO SORT IT ALL OUT: A famous writer once wrote that writers write to understand the world. I believe that this is an incontestable truth. There’s simply too much well-documented evidence that we writers think with our fingers, per se. As Natalie Goldberg says in her seminal books “Writing Down The Bones” and “Wild …

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ADHD and Creativity as an Older Creative

Confessions of a Grizzled Newbie As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m a veteran writer, because I’ve been writing seriously since I was 14, which was in 1973, and I’ve been writing for publication since 1982. However, I’ve never earned my living from my writing, so I’m also a newb in that sense. I suspect …

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BLAME IT ON THE A.D.D. You can find many, many more detailed, well-thought out and balanced articles online than what this article will be. My focus… or lack of focus… ba dump-bump… RIMSHOT… is going to be more personal. This article is about how ADHD affects ME, especially when it comes to Learning and Creativity. …

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A Little Off the Top, Part 1

There’s something great about writing for ten minutes completely off the top of one’s head. There’s no time for thinking, no time for self-editing, just putting pen to paper or fingers to keys. Just write what you’re thinking as you’re thinking it. Like the title says, a little off the top. It’s kind of a …

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