It’s Easier Than You Think to be a Success

One day I woke up and I was forty years old. I couldn’t believe it. Where had the time gone? What had I DONE with all that time? I wasn’t in a bad place, really. I was safe, relatively healthy. I…


Puzzles do more than kill time — they’re a writer’s best friend.

Like many people I know, I developed a love for puzzles early in 2020, just as the pandemic reached the United States. Goodbye nights out with friends. Hello jigsaws! At first I viewed them as mere distractions. They…


Here’s what I do instead.

I started freelancing full-time as a writer about four years ago. The shift from having a predictable, full-time job to a very unpredictable, freelance lifestyle was jarring to say the least. Everything was up in the air: my income, my work flow, my clients, my daily schedule, and all my…


Yes, really!

Let me start by getting one big thing out of the way: My cat can’t write. She can’t even read. On a good day, she can catch the mousy toy I toss at her on her first try. But only on a good day. She sleeps constantly, eats more than…


One of the hardest parts of being a writer is dealing with rejection. All writers seeking to publish face it — it’s a fact of the profession. And it hurts when it happens. But rejection doesn’t have to be all pain; there’s a lot of good that can come from…


These techniques will keep your readers coming back for more.

We know it when we see it — the perfect opening paragraph that immediately grabs our interest and holds it, until the next thing we know, we’re deeply absorbed in the writing.

So how do writers do it? How do they capture their readers’ attention in just a few sentences?


5 Ways to Get Through the Hardest Days

Writing is tough. It’s hard to stay motivated when the pay is low and the rejections are many. But for many of us we have to keep at it, because writing is in our bones — it’s in our souls. As Richard Bach once said:

“A professional writer is an…


Here’s how to get more writing done in a short amount of time.

How many writing projects did you start this year, only to have them fizzle out before you finished them? If you’re like me, it’s way more than you’re proud of. But the important thing to remember is that it’s not your skills that are lacking; it’s your time.

Contemporary society…


The Prolific Author Reveals 4 Secrets to Her Success

Today Glamour magazine published a profile on Danielle Steel (not an affiliate link), the world’s most prolific author. How prolific you ask? Steel has published 179 books to date (!) …


Revision is one of the most intimidating aspects of writing. Here’s how to break it down.

I’ve been a professional writer for more than 10 years, and let me tell you — revision is still for me the hardest part of writing. It’s harder than brainstorming, harder than outlining, harder than the actual writing. Why? Because revision is about undoing what you’ve already done, and that’s…

L. Grady

Freelance writer and editor; dreamer; a believer in helping others to write better and be more creative.

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