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36 WRITING TIPS TO HELP YOU WRITE LIKE THE PROS

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As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or non-fiction, the quality of your writing should never dip below brilliant. You would no doubt have noticed that you seem to glide through the works of your favourite writers, never once having to stop to try to make sense of what they’re saying. They seem to have an almost surreal grasp over the language, probably making you think it’s unfair for you to have to compete…

CAN'T COMMIT TO A NOVEL?

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Writing a book, publishing it, and making millions off the royalty fee – that’s the dream, isn’t it? We all want to reach that stage one day, where we wake up to a topped up bank account, full of money coming in from our latest book release. The laurels, the fame – it’s all amazingly tantalising.

But God knows writing a book isn’t that easy – otherwise, everyone would write a book. It requires…

THE MOST ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ANY NON-FICTION WORK

3 min read

What is the difference between the biography of Elon Musk, and your physics textbook (draw such a comparison between any biography or autobiography and another non-fiction book)? Interest? Portrayal? Whether you’ve been forced into it or not?

Yes, those may contribute, but they are not the most important ones.

The most essential

elements of a text that would draw people in are simply these:

  1. A sense of awe or admiration
  2. Anticipation

If a reader feels captivated by a story…

WHY USING SERVICES LIKE WATTPAD AND AMAZON SINGLES IS A TERRIBLE IDEA

4 min read

There exist websites that allow anyone to set up an account and start publishing fiction right away – just like WordPress, Medium, and all the other blogging platforms, but for fiction exclusively. I haven’t used Amazon Singles, but did actively write on Wattpad, so I can comment on it with certainty.

The first thing you do on Wattpad is set up an account – whether you’re there to write, or just to read others’ work, an account is vital. Then, you go through the standard profile setup, and you’re ready to write.

On Wattpad, stories are generally published chapter by chapter (by generally, I mean that’s the norm. No one publishes the entire thing in one go)…

ISLANDS TO SWIM TO – THE POWER OF IMAGES IN WRITING

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Once we migrated from children’s books to YA and beyond, books with pictures in them were immediately thrown to the side, discarded as “baby books”. But the world of articles and other online pieces of text follow different rules. Images attract readers, they reel them in, like bait for fish.

December of last year, I attended the Puffin Annual Lecture with Jeff Kinney as the speaker. While there was a lot to take away from the talk, I’m going to focus on my personal favourite — Jeff Kinney’s concept of islands in books. He used the example of his school textbooks to illustrate his point, but that can be extended to articles too

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