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creative writing process

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Creative Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing, and Rewriting

As writers, we aspire to reach the “perfect” final draft for whichever project we have in mind. We want to produce works of art that take readers through a beautiful dance. But the journey to the limelight is not always elegant or easy, as you...

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touch the grass

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Touch the Grass: A Screenwriter's Unexpected Muse

It's common to jest at the admonishment "touch grass," usually a jibe at those seemingly too digitalized.

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gen z

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A Guide to Grammar for the Gen Z Squad

Gen Z, also known as those who came into the world from 1997 to 2012 (stretching to 2015 because, as we'll dive into with their linguistic quirks,...

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eulogies

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The Argument for Personal Eulogies and What Yours Should Include

In a world where the certainties are death and taxes, the tradition has been to leave the final words about us to others. Typically, these eulogies...

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how to read as a writer

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How to Read as a Writer

So, you've crafted your story, but it feels like something is amiss. The pacing in the middle might be off, or perhaps the climax isn't as impactful...

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Woman with soda bottle, pop art style

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Brands Gen Z Love: Content Creator & Marketer Insights

Social scientists are always studying how different generations interact with society. It’s valuable to consider how certain age groups impact...

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dystopian writing

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Dystopian Writing Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination

Dystopian literature enjoyed a surge in popularity a few years ago with series like The Hunger Games. Though the genre witnessed a decline, it's...

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thriller

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Discovering Thriller Story Ideas

Thrillers are the masterclass in suspense, tension, and surprises, captivating readers with every page turn. If you aim to craft the next...

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bizarro fiction

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Bizarro Fiction 101: Beyond the Weird for Weird's Sake

Bizarro Fiction, a relatively new genre often likened to the cult section in your video store, has been a niche of literary experimentation.

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assonance

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Assonance: Definition and Creative Writing Techniques

If you aspire to craft better prose, immerse yourself in poetry.

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verbal irony

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Examples of Verbal Irony

Verbal irony, often mistaken, is an element that likely permeates your speech without your conscious awareness.

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Pop-art image of woman with green hair in glasses, looking like she just experienced an internal revelation.

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Character Awareness: Revelation in Storytelling

In storytelling, the contrast between a character's understanding and that of others, including the audience, is a potent narrative device. This...

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8 Innovative Ways to Incorporate the Dinkus in Your Literary Works

Dinkus. What a word, right? While it may sound close to an insult levied by a particular character on Strangers Things, we're talking about a term...

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A romantic couple (man and woman) looking at one another while filled with angst, in pop art style.

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Craft Angst: Embrace the Challenge

There's an undeniable allure to mastering the art of writing about angst. It's a popular theme, especially among young to middle-aged readers, and it...

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Pop art style image of woman with brown hair in a science fiction scene.

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Navigate the Enigmatic Realm of Slipstream Fiction

Ah, slipstream fiction. Much like speculative fiction, it lives in that nebulous territory between literary fiction, science fiction, and fantasy....

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afrofuturism

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Commentary on "How hip-hop uses Afrofuturism to take listeners on journeys of empowerment"

As hip-hop celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's only natural to ponder the genre's future. However, for many hip-hop artists, the future has always...

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kick off events

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Kick-off Events

In writing fiction, or even performance art, it's essential to understand the role of a kick-off event – that opening scene that sets the stage for...

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kill the cat

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Save the Cat! Plot Beats

Okay, so when it comes to storytelling, we've got this thing called a "story beat," and it turns out there are two different flavors to it, each...

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song and color

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Every Song Has a Color

Every song has a color – and an emotion – attached to it. Researchers have explored the world of music-to-color associations for years. We know that...

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houseplant

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Unearthly Chronicles: Writing 'The Diary of a Sentient Houseplant

Creative writing has always been a realm of endless possibilities, and sometimes, the most captivating stories sprout from the most unexpected seeds...

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taxonomy

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Unlocking the Power of Taxonomy

Nope. Not stuffed animals. We're talking about taxonomy.

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cryptic crossword clues

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Cryptic Crossword Clues and Creative Writing

Cryptic crosswords are the enigmatic gems of the puzzling world, where words become intricate puzzles waiting to be unraveled. But have you ever...

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ai poetry

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Write Like a Robot: Exploring the Art of AI-Generated Poetry

In a world increasingly dominated by technology, it's not surprising that artificial intelligence (AI) has found its way into the realm of creative...

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weird worlds

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Whispers of the Unusual: Channeling the Weird into Words

In a world filled with mundane musings and ordinary narratives, there exists a realm of creativity that thrives on the strange, the bizarre, and the...

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A person walking in through wilderness pop art style.

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Navigating the Wilderness of Writer's Block: Tips and Techniques

Time passes slowly as you find yourself staring at a blank screen. It takes everything within to not bang your head against the keyboard and scream....

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surreal story

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Surreal Serendipities: Finding the Extraordinary in Everyday Coincidences

Let's pause and explore the enchanting world of serendipity, where chance encounters and seemingly trivial coincidences lead to extraordinary...

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minotaur pop art style

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Conversations with the Minotaur and Other Enigmatic Beings

Deep within the recesses of myth and legend lies a realm where reality and imagination intertwine. In "Whispers of the Labyrinth: Conversations with...

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no gravity pop art style

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Adventures in a World Where Gravity is Optional

In a world where imagination knows no bounds, the concept of altering the very fabric of nature's laws becomes a playground for creativity.

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inkscapes of the mind

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Inkscapes of the Mind: Painting Dreams and Memories with Words

Human imagination is a powerful tool that allows us to conjure up vivid images, emotions, and sensations. Just as an artist wields a brush to paint...

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A girl writing near a window pop art style

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Plotting vs. Pantsing: Finding Your Writing Process

Every writer has their own process when crafting a story. Some writers meticulously prepare outlines, mapping out each point they want to hit, while...

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Two men laughing pop art style

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Writing Humor: The Art of Making Readers Laugh

“I’ve got 99 problems, I feel bad for ya son…I’ve 99 problems but my humor ain't one!” As I write those words, all that I can think about is how...

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tv pop art style

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Lessons for Writers from Iconic Sitcoms

You know why you love sitcoms? Writers. Writers make sitcoms worth watching (and the world go round, but that's obviously our biased opinion).

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cute alien pop art style

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Exploring the Quirky Universe of Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet

Nathan Pyle's "Strange Planet" series of books and comics has taken the world by storm, offering a fresh and innovative perspective on the mundane...

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Discovering Your Writing Style: Embracing Your Unique Voice

It is amazing how your mind works – a prompt comes up and instantly we are transported to a specific place and time. For me, when this subject of...

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imaginary friend pop art style

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Did You Have Imaginary Friends?

Imagination is a wondrous force that has the ability to create entire worlds and characters from the depths of our minds. It's a tool we often...

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bigfoot pop art style

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A Literary Exploration of Urban Legends

Urban legends, those chilling tales whispered in hushed tones around campfires and shared in late-night conversations, have a peculiar way of...

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alien pop art style

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Alien Advice Column

Welcome to an Extraterrestrial Expedition of Imagination!

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girl pop art style

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Metaphor Mania: Crafting Short Stories Based on Everyday Idioms

Metaphors are the spices of language, enriching our communication by infusing it with vivid imagery and underlying meanings.

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The Diction Dictionary: Crafting Neologisms

Language is a remarkable tool for expressing emotions, yet there are moments when words fall short, failing to capture the nuances of complex...

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Writing Creative Non-fiction from the Heart

At Hire a Writer, we have “Two Things Tuesday.” Every Tuesday, Joy comes up with a prompt that requires all of us to answer two things. I look...

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elephant in a bathtub pop art style

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Surrealist Storytelling: A Journey Beyond Reality

Behold, fellow adventurers of the eccentric! Let us embark on a kaleidoscopic escapade into the mesmerizing labyrinth of surrealist storytelling—a...

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man in a mask pop art style

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Exploring Atypical Writing Styles

Writing is a canvas for artistic expression, and just as there are countless ways to paint a picture, there are a myriad of writing styles that...

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clown pop art style

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Absurd Writing Prompts: Embrace the Ridiculous

As professional writers, we often find ourselves seeking inspiration and unique ideas to spark our creativity.

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A Journey Through the Different Types of Poetry: Styles and Famous Poets

Poetry is a diverse and expressive art form that has captivated audiences for centuries. From classical sonnets to contemporary free verse, poets...

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the flash pop art style

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Exploring Flash Fiction: Crafting Powerful Stories in a Limited Word Count

Flash fiction is a unique and dynamic form of storytelling that challenges writers to craft compelling narratives in a concise and limited word...

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symbols in a grid pop art style

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Incorporating Symbolism: Adding Deeper Layers to Your Narrative

Symbolism is the art of imbuing objects, characters, or events with deeper meanings beyond their literal representations.

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The Power of Emotion in Content Marketing

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The Power of Emotion in Content Marketing

Humans connect through our emotions–we share our excitement, our happiness, our heartbreak and nostalgia. This is how we bond with our family and...

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how to avoid bias

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Avoid Bias in Your Writing

We’ve all got opinions. Some good, some bad, and some we should probably keep to ourselves. Sometimes, our opinions slip out even when we don’t mean...

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Why I Use Humor In Writing

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Why I Use Humor In Writing

Pick a pun, any pun. If it is witty and leveraged correctly, humor can be a fantastic tool in copywriting. Humor can help you stand out in an...

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Writing Techniques to Connect With Teenagers

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Writing Techniques to Connect With Teenagers

One of the many challenges that writers face is writing to a variety of different audiences and demographics. What appeals to a group of boomers...

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A Music Producer's Perspective on Writing

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A Music Producer's Perspective on Writing

Music and writing share many similarities.

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Tender Hysteria: The Healing Power of Angry Art

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Tender Hysteria: The Healing Power of Angry Art

I am not an angry person. But I love making angry art.

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Infusing Pop Culture References In Your Copywriting

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Infusing Pop Culture References In Your Copywriting

Who doesn’t love a good pop culture reference? The idea of a single statement transporting you to a specific time and place, generating an emotional...

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The Power of Creative Constraints

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The Power of Creative Constraints

Walls and walls of tennis shoes.

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Metaphors: Turn Your Copywriting Up To 11

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Metaphors: Turn Your Copywriting Up To 11

The use of metaphors came up during a conversation earlier this month, and the topic sparks debate among the copywriting community. There are those...

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Writing Copy People Care About

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Writing Copy People Care About

Think about the last time you did the research for a potential purchase. Let’s say you needed a new washing machine or vacuum cleaner and were...

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Writing Through a Different Lens

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Writing Through a Different Lens

My first copywriting job out of college was an utter disaster. I was hired because I had several neuroscience journal articles published in grad...

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Life Beyond the Shitty First Draft: A Review of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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Life Beyond the Shitty First Draft: A Review of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to...

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Forever a Fantasy Reader

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Forever a Fantasy Reader

As a child, I was shy. That’s probably an understatement - I was more of a hermit. My mom couldn’t drop me off at a friend’s birthday party without...

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When Writing is Hard: A Review of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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When Writing is Hard: A Review of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

When I was 19 years old, I was standing in the foyer of my grandmother’s house when my dad called me over. He patted the seat next to him on the...

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Scrape the Cookie (When to Ditch Your Draft and Start Over)

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Scrape the Cookie (When to Ditch Your Draft and Start Over)

My favorite show in the whole wide world is the Great British Bake Off. Because I geek out over Bake Off, following the bakers is like 90% of my...

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Taking a Step Back

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Taking a Step Back

Just like athletes need to train physically, copywriters train mentally. Being someone who enjoys both physical and mental workouts, I discovered a...

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How to Create a Copy Wireframe

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How to Create a Copy Wireframe

Copy wireframes are one of my most frequently used tools as a professional copywriter. If you are writing websites, they are crazy valuable. They...

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4 Ways Media Literacy Can Make You a Better Human

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4 Ways Media Literacy Can Make You a Better Human

The mere mention of literary criticism—or “lit crit” as my high school English teacher insisted on calling it—is enough to shift the average person...

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7 Books About Creative Writing Every Aspiring Writer Should Read

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7 Books About Creative Writing Every Aspiring Writer Should Read

They say the best writers are readers, and while there are endless learning opportunities to be gleaned from reading novels and poems, there’s no...

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What Can You Do as a Creative Writer?

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What Can You Do as a Creative Writer?

Usually, when people hear about creative writers, they think of poets and novelists, but there are actually a lot of careers for those who excel in...

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Writing Exercises for Creativity

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Writing Exercises for Creativity

Writers have to be creative on demand. To succeed in this inherently creative profession, it’s important to practice!

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Finding Clarity in Copy: 4 Lessons I Learned from Creative Writing

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Finding Clarity in Copy: 4 Lessons I Learned from Creative Writing

I was a precocious talker, speaking early and often. My incessant ramblings weren’t about anything in particular. Mostly, I just described what I...

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Tips for Using Metaphors in Copy

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Tips for Using Metaphors in Copy

Copy and poetry don’t have a lot in common. In fact, they might be more disparate in purpose than any other two types of writing. While copy...

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5 Fiction Genres to Inspire Your Copywriting

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5 Fiction Genres to Inspire Your Copywriting

If you’re in the business of selling a product or service to an audience, you already know stellar communication is key. From the “about” page on...

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4 Poetic Devices That Can Improve Marketing Copy

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4 Poetic Devices That Can Improve Marketing Copy

Trying to freshen up your marketing copy? You may want to borrow a few things from poetry. OK, if you’re a professional copywriter, now’s your chance...

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Language Alive: The Magic of Sensory Writing

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Language Alive: The Magic of Sensory Writing

Sensory writing sparks a reaction, adding bursts of flavor to copy that might otherwise lull readers into a slumber. Sensory language engages the...

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Toward the Ineffable: How Musical Analysis Enhances Creative Writing

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Toward the Ineffable: How Musical Analysis Enhances Creative Writing

Certain concepts and sentiments elude linguistic capture. That’s why we have words like “ineffable,”’ “indescribable” and “inexpressible” — to...

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Writing with Emotion: How to Convey Passion Without Melodrama

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Writing with Emotion: How to Convey Passion Without Melodrama

As writers, our primary charge is to elucidate whatever the topic demands, whether story, concept, process or application. However, clarity is not...

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