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How to Write Your First Blog Post

If you’re thinking you are interested in the world of the blogging, but are looking for an effective way to begin, read on.

We put together this step-by-step, comprehensive how-to for new bloggers, taken directly from our Blog Smart Project, which is  interactive content available in our writing tool TheRightMargin. It is a demonstration of the power of having a contextual interactive guide right alongside where you write. Currently, in TheRightMargin, there are “smart projects” for Blog, Novel, Short Story, Expository Essay, Letter to Congress, and more on the way.

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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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6 Tips for Writing a Query Letter to Literary Agents and Publishers

writing a query letter

We’ve all seen the general tips, advice and templates for writing a query letter or cover letter to an agent or publisher. But have you actually talked with one about what they specifically look for?

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6 Famously Drunk Writers who put Hemingway to Shame

Drunk Writers

“I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

There has been some evidence to suggest that famous writers in our past may have imbibed to improve and even spur the fine craft of writing. We all know some famous drunk writers, specifically the white male American authors, who shall remain unnamed (we don’t need your SEO cred, Hemingway!) because surprise surprise, they’re all you read about if you Google ANY variation of ‘famous drunk writers’ listicle. But what about other, less well-known literary drinkers who believed in a stiff drink to cure any sort of writer’s block?

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4 Steps to Freewriting Your Way out of a Slump

I have a thought, perhaps out of the blue or perhaps in the midst of writing something else, and I give myself permission to pursue it on paper in an uncontrolled way wherever it wants to go-even if it digresses (which it usually does).

– Peter Elbow on “Unfocused Exploring”, Toward a Phenomenology of Freewriting

Perhaps the biggest roadblock to getting back into the writing game is finding dedicated time to actually write. But once you put your foot down, schedule in the time and actually sit down to put words down, the second biggest roadblock is not knowing what to write. I’ve found that guided free-writing really helps.

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