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The "Perfect" College Essay Does Not Exist

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Why is it that colleges such as MIT ask students to discuss a time they failed or Yale asks students how they would like to improve? Perfection is not a requirement and it is from our errors along the way that we grow and learn.

So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

You wrote a book, and you want the world to read it. Thus, here's some ideas for how you can publish your own work, and start designing opportunities for yourself in the literary world.

Writing Your Term Paper in 12 Steps

Oren Mendez | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Your chair is so uncomfortable. It's like sitting on daggers. How did you ever get anything done in this chair? You have to go to IKEA and buy a new chair right away.

You Tawkin' to Me?

Michael Drew | Posted 04.10.2014 | Books
Michael Drew

The way you speak can mean certain things to certain listeners. You might not have an accent when you write, but you should always address your reader as if he doesn't quite understand what you're going to say.

The Art Of Using Correct Verb Tenses In Your Writing

| Posted 04.02.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to re...

Why Your Dialogue Is Terrible

G. Doucette | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

I'm not completely positive good dialogue writing can actually be taught, but since that would invalidate the entire point of this article I'm going to try and explain some of what makes that dialogue of yours bad, and what you can do to fix it.

So, You Want to Write a Book?*

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

I urge you to write the book(s) inside of you, because if nothing else, that process, and the confidence, hope and pride it brings is bound to change at least one person's life...yours.

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

Dawn of the Multi-Genre Mash-Up

G. Doucette | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Genres are there to define where a book belongs, but that's only to help a potential reader find something to read. The problem -- and I don't think I'm the only one who has it -- is that I can't color within the lines.

Do You Have Grit?

Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH | Posted 03.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH

Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying? You can't run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club.

My Advice Is to Ignore My Advice

G. Doucette | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

If you're struggling, it isn't because you're doing this wrong, because there isn't a wrong way to do it. If you're struggling, it might be because writing a novel is difficult.

The Relationship Between Fiction and Nonfiction: My Journey Writing Women's Stories

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Fiction and nonfiction are not as disparate as some might claim. In fact, outdated historical notions that polarize "fact" and "fiction" have long been called into question and deemed erroneous by many.

3 Ways Meditation Will Make You a Better Writer

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary-Lou Stephens

It's fascinating and freeing to allow yourself to follow where creativity leads. Meditation breaks down that very thin membrane between the conscious and the subconscious. And let's face it, the subconscious is where all the interesting stuff happens.

Informative, Interesting, Relevant: Three Rules for Creating Quality Content in Digital Marketing

Roger Bryan | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Roger Bryan

How do you go about creating content that's not only good, but also catches people's attention and makes them want to learn more?

10 Tips on How to Write an Author Bio

Heather Hummel | Posted 03.06.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Kind of like kids knowing they need to eat their veggies, authors know the importance of a well-crafted bio, but that still doesn't mean they like writing one.

This Popular Grammar Advice Is Totally Wrong

Maddie Crum | Posted 03.06.2014 | Books
Maddie Crum

This forceful call for more forceful writing is misguided; adverbs can be phonetically pleasing, can imbue sentences with subtlety, and should not be entirely shunned.

How I Learned To Be An 'Authentic' Writer

Taylor Griffith | Posted 03.05.2014 | Teen
Taylor Griffith

During my writer's journey, I've come across an interesting question that I think every writer (and non-writer) can relate to: what makes something or someone authentic?

Why Aren't You Writing?

| Posted 03.05.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Time. There never seems to be enough of it, especially if you’re trying to schedule writing time into your already bus...

Tortured Souls Tell Great Stories

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Worthy fiction draws us into a world where the characters are emotionally driven and tortured. Their mistakes and triumphs must resonate as real. Human nature doesn't change.

5 Essential Email Etiquette Habits: Write Smart Emails

Bruce Mayhew | Posted 02.27.2014 | Business
Bruce Mayhew

Re-read your email for poor grammar, spelling mistakes and the use of the wrong word. Spell check doesn't correct the wrong work -- I mean word. See what I mean?

Should Writing Try to Humanize Particular Groups of People?

Anis Shivani | Posted 02.21.2014 | Books
Anis Shivani

"One can very well imagine a pure cruelty, without bodily laceration. And philosophically speaking what indeed is cruelty? From the point of view of t...

4 Important Tips For Self-Help Book Writers

| Posted 02.19.2014 | Books

Written by Writer's Relief staff: You’ve overcome a challenge, experienced something life-changing, or mastered a skill that doesn’t come easi...

The Power of The Huffington Post

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 04.20.2014 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

I assumed that my audience was mostly American teenagers going through high school just like me. I never took a second to fathom that an individual in another country could be reading my work and even consider it for publishing. Here is where the fun part of my story begins.

On Success

Pauline Delpech | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Pauline Delpech

You see, when I was 20 years old, I was petrified and terrified. So I dreamt. I didn't dream of a rich, beautiful, fulfilling and sweet life. I dreamt of a flamboyant life, social and reassuring in these young years. I was lacking the idea of success.

Why You Should Never Use Absolutes

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

There's nothing worse than sentences that begin, "There's nothing worse than..." Unless, of course, you're being ironic to illustrate a point; then it's acceptable. Quite brilliant, actually.