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Like The Dinosaurs
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Like The Dinosaurs

Like The Dinosaurs by Patrick Nilan Like the Dinosaurs is my sample entry for the Summer Fun Writing Contest. It…

8 Tips For Writing Songs
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8 Tips For Writing Songs

It can be difficult to find tips for writing songs. Many feel like writing a song is a gift that…

Write About Music in a Book
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Write About Music in a Book

Not every author will want to write about music. For some though, it can be extremely important. This is especially…

7 Short Story Reading Benefits
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7 Short Story Reading Benefits

There are several short story reading benefits that many readers overlook. We are already aware of the benefits of writing…

How to Overcome Writer's Block
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How to Overcome Writer’s Block

If there is one thing every writer wants to know it is how to overcome writer’s block. Almost every writer…

How to Express Your Book's Theme
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How to Express Your Book’s Theme

It can be tough for you as an author to express your book’s theme. That being said, the theme in…

Writing With Active Voice
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Writing With Active Voice

Writing with an active voice is an ideal way to give your story more energy and a direct feel. This…

How to Win Writing Contests
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How to Win Writing Contests

It can be helpful to know how to win writing contests. With so many entries it may seem impossible for…

7 Tips For Writing a Dialogue
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7 Tips For Writing a Dialogue

Writing a dialogue between characters can be tough for many authors. However, it does not have to be. These tips…

Summer Fun Writing Contest
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Summer Fun Writing Contest

Welcome to the Summer Fun Writing Contest! Summer is a great time to get outside, enjoy some sun, and relax…

6 Tips to Come Up With Ideas For a Short Story
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6 Tips to Come Up With Ideas For a Short Story

It can be extremely difficult to come up with ideas for a short story. Almost every short story idea can…

The Importance of The Importance of Experimenting With Writing
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The Importance of Experimenting With Writing

Experimenting with writing is a great way to find your voice as a writer and write more unique books. A…

The Basics of Focusing on Writing
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The Basics of Focusing on Writing

Focusing on writing is a struggle for many writers. Picture this scenario. You just came up with an idea for…

How to Express Your Book's Theme
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How to Express Your Book’s Theme

As an author, you need to learn to express your book’s theme. For your book to stick in the mind…

When is it Time to Edit Your Story?
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When is it Time to Edit Your Story?

I have already written a post explaining that the writing phase is no time to edit your story. While you…

How to Write a Short Story
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How to Write a Short Story

Every writer knows what a short story is, but that does not mean they know how to write one. If…

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Writers
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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

It can be hard, but learning to stop comparing yourself to other writers is an essential skill you must learn….

4 Tips for Balancing Writing With Work
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4 Tips for Balancing Writing With Work

Balancing writing with work or school can be brutal. Yet, it is something all writers will have to go through,…

How to Get People to Care About Your Writing
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How to Get People to Care About Your Writing

Getting people to care about your writing is a crucial part of being an author. Sure it is essential to…

What to Do When Someone Publishes a Similar Book to Yours
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What to Do When Someone Publishes a Similar Book to Yours

When someone publishes a similar book to yours it can be scary. Let me set the stage. You’ve been writing…

How to Take Criticism as a Writer
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How To Take Criticism as a Writer

You are going to have to take criticism as a writer. If you did not realize this, I am sorry…

How to Shift the POV in a Novel
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How to Shift the POV in a Novel

For those of you who do not know, POV stands for point of view. In this case, I am specifically…

4 Tips For Writing Guest Post
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4 Tips for Writing Guest Posts

Writing strong guest posts is one of the best ways to grow your author platform. For those of you who…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Tater Tots

I lean against the wall in a cube room with bubblegum-flavored gum in my mouth. The smart board or as…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Overboard!

“You know I hate you,” Charlie said as he tried to cross his arms, but his life vest was too…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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At Summer’s End

The car rolled to a stop along the sidewalk, “Beach Boys” was playing in the background. “Now listen, mom wants…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Daisies of the Summer

The daisies this year were beautiful. Vibrant, feathery petals had taken over the flower bed, so much that the marigolds…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Summer of Mystery

‘The glaring sun set our souls aflame, the sand beneath our feet sang to us and the glee we held…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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The Journey

The Journey Dogo just informed me that it is once again time for the yearly Journey. The ritual Journey, which…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Mr. Blue Raincoat

The notification for a parcel pick-up appeared in my inbox at 5:35 p.m.: You have a delivery at the front…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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Seagulls

I want to be a seagull. So oblivious to everything below, so high up into the bright blue sky. Their…

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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The Battle at the Shores of El Dorado

12th July 1565 We Departed 2 weeks ago in search of this Damn Island! Food and water are Running Short….

Summer Fun Writing Contest User Entry
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August

August Adelynn R.B. He and I were as illicit as rain on a summer day; yet he knew me well,…