Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement? Do you really have to be an expert at grammar to be a writer? Is that really a writing requirement? Are you holding yourself back from writing because you are terrible at spelling and grammar? From my experience, you may not be as bad at spelling and grammar as you think you are. Maybe you are. But should that stop you? Absolutely not. These are skills that can be learned. Storytelling is a learned skill, too. You can improve your spelling ability and you can learn grammar rules and when to break them--you really need to learn the rules so you can decide which ones you want to break; otherwise you just look like an idiot without justification. Will it take time to learn these skills? Definitely. Just like anything worthwhile, it takes time to learn, study, and practice so you can do write well. If you are not good at spelling and grammar, before you send...
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How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day

How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day

How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day Last week I wrote about setting a realistic word count target. Today, I wanted to share some tips to help you meet that target day after day. Setting a daily or weekly target that is attainable is important for us to reach our writing goals. But we also need to set ourselves up so that we’re able to meet our word count target. Just because we set a writing goal or target doesn’t mean we’ll actually achieve it. Life gets in the way or you feel stumped, and before you know it, you’re so far behind that it seems like there’s no hope for ever getting caught up. While the target is attainable and realistic, writing the actual words is a different story. So, how can you make sure you meet your daily word count target every day? By knowing the story. One of the best things you can do to stay on...
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How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing If you’re anything like me, you tend to be a little ambitious with your word count targets. Often, you wake up in the morning and think, “It’s going to be a 5000-word day.” Then by the time your writing session is over, you’ve got maybe 500 words on the page and you’re thinking, “What the heck?” Earlier this year, I decided I was going to write an average of 1,000 words per day for a beautiful grand total of 365,000 words. My plan was to write quality words for fiction rather than focus purely on quantity, and that would allow me to produce better first drafts. This goal is definitely achievable. But by the time I started with the goal, I was already 30,000 words behind. A few other things popped up and I derailed even further. Now, in order to reach my goal by December 31st, I have to write an average...
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