An unusual but effective way of beginning any writing piece

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As a writer, finding new ideas can be a struggle. But maybe you’re trying too hard. Starting with something seemingly simple, something as simple as three short words, can easily spark brilliant ideas and turn into a powerful piece of writing.

One day, as I was searching for inspiration for…


Give yourself the best chance of winning Camp NaNoWriMo

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If you want to win the immense writing challenge that is Camp NaNoWriMo, you need a game plan.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about planning out every word of your writing project in advance. …


Lacking in writing inspiration? These tips could get you unstuck.

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Ideas are everywhere. But in this information-flooded age, the world can be overwhelming. This overwhelmingness can easily cause you to feel stuck, uninspired, and uncreative.

Are you doing something wrong? Inspiration is all around you, isn’t it?

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are…


Not everything went to plan.

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This April, I, along with thousands of other writers worldwide, undertook an enormous challenge. We took part in Camp NaNoWriMo and spent the month writing frantically, devoting ourselves to creative projects. If you’re a writer, you may well have participated in it yourself.

Many succeeded, surpassing their goals easily.

I…


Reading with a writer’s eye means instinctively analysing everything.

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Many people have preached the benefits of reading. I’m sure that as a writer, you’ll have heard the same advice over and over: “Read more!”

That advice is widespread for good reason. It’s essential for a writer to read frequently and widely. …

Elena Canty

Award-winning writer. Expert procrastinator. I’m passionate about words, people, and the planet.

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