The Write Blog

14 Jun 2019

9 GREAT NONFICTION BOOKS FOR YOUR BOOK CLUB

With the popularity of book clubs once again on the rise, more and more people are searching for the perfect, discussion-worthy books. While it’s easy to defer to the classics of authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austin, and Charles Dickens, nonfiction books are a great way to shake things up and provide some real-life, thought-provoking […]

13 Jun 2019

THE WRITER’S ART OF EAVESDROPPING

I’m nosey. I’ll be the first to admit it. But, when you spend multiple hours each day in a public coffee shop, it’s hard not to be. As a writer whose home office is frequently overrun with noisy kids, I do a lot of my work from my favorite Starbucks. It’s really the perfect setting. […]

12 Jun 2019

FORMATTING YOUR BOOK FOR PUBLICATION: SO MANY CHOICES

The Digital Revolution has had a disruptive effect on many businesses, and publishing has certainly not been immune. With the advent of desktop publishing software and online self-publishing options, there is now plenty of room for aspiring authors to put their own books together and make a splash on the market without ever signing a […]

11 Jun 2019

THE TRUTH ABOUT EMOTIONAL SPOILERS FOR BOOKS AND MOVIES

A few weeks ago, when Avengers: Endgame premiered in theatres throughout the country, there was a huge uproar about people spoiling a major plot twist. Those who were not able to see the movie on the night it premiered felt like they were cheated, when the death of a certain well-loved hero was revealed by […]

10 Jun 2019

HOW TO TEST AN SOP BEFORE ROLLING IT OUT

If you’ve recently completed a Standard Operating Procedures document (SOP), you may be tempted to roll it out without testing it. After all, you put a lot of hard work into it, right? And there’s no way you made a mistake by failing to recognize a skipped step or issuing unclear instructions. But the truth […]

07 Jun 2019

COPYWRITER Q&A: CARISSA LAMKAHOUAN ON THE ART OF THE PITCH

Carissa Lamkahouan has two decades of professional writing experience and has been published in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, and online publications. At The Writers For Hire (TWFH), Carissa is our in-house authority for all things journalism. In this installment of our Copywriter Q&A series, we talked about the process of pitching an article. […]

06 Jun 2019

NONFICTION WRITERS WHO PROVE THAT TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

It has been said that truth can be stranger than fiction. But, there are some nonfiction authors who take that idea to the extreme with their unbelievable true life stories. In a quest to find the most incredible nonfiction stories, the writers at Off the Shelf sat down with author, Sara Gran, and compiled a […]

05 Jun 2019

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE STARTING YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK

According to an article published in the New York Times, 81 percent of people say they feel they have a book in them and want to write it. Another statistic floating around the internet is that 97 percent of people who start a book don’t finish it. I can’t find the original source for that […]

04 Jun 2019

12 LITTLE-KNOWN PUNCTUATION MARKS TO MAKE YOUR WRITING MORE INTERESTING

It is common knowledge that most sentences end with a period. We are all familiar with the often overused exclamation mark, and we all know that question marks help indicate that a phrase is interrogative. But, have you ever heard of an “interrobang”? How about a “certitude point”? This fascinating article from Readers Digest introduces […]

03 Jun 2019

11 COMMON EDITING AND TYPO MISTAKES TO WATCH FOR IN YOUR OWN BOOK AND HOW TO FIX THEM

Have you ever read a piece of writing, be it a book, article, or even a blog or social media post, that just leaves you shaking your head, wondering what the author was trying to say? Don’t let this be you or your book! From fragmented sentences and misspelling words, to lack of punctuation — […]

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