Category: Writing

Online Writing Courses

Many aspiring writers look for formal instruction as part of shaping their voice. Formerly, people would have to enroll at a local university, or travel to participate in a nationally-renowned writing program. The internet now allows any writer to participate in a variety of programs from the comfort of your home. The last post examined…




Best Blogging Sites

One of the best ways to communicate your opinion these days is through a blog. “Blog” is short for “weblog”, a phrase describing internet sites which have information frequently updated. Blogs may feature diary-type remarks as well as hyperlinks to articles on additional web sites, generally offered as a list of entries in reverse order….




What should you do when you don’t have even a basic starting idea for your story?

Story structure placement is a good way to get organized. What should you do when you don’t have even a basic starting idea? Here are a few simple tips to get you moving along. Take a walk. Concentrate carefully on what you see. What do people look like as you pass them on the street?…



Writing Prompts for Kids

Children love to write. But occasionally, they have trouble finding a topic or starting point for a journal entry or short story. Fortunately, there are a variety of writing prompts for kids available, to spark any child’s interest. Storystarters by Scholastic Storystarters by Scholastic takes a whimsical approach to generating prompts. Children are asked to…




Free Writing Software

Nearly every writer has considered writing something more substantial than personal material and short stories. But writing a novel or screenplay can also be an organizational nightmare. Keeping multiple plot lines and characters straight can make even the most ambitious budding writer feel bogged down. Fortunately, there is a variety of software available to help…




Free Online Writing Courses

Whether you’re currently writing professionally or still hoping to break into the field, formal writing courses can help you hone your skills. If money is an issue for you, or you don’t have the time for campus-based courses, there are plenty of experts in the field that offer free online writing courses.  Here’s some information…