Category Archives: Writing

How to Become Better at Writing

Whatever your age, writing can be an immensely rewarding hobby. However, while it is fun and creative, it can sometimes be a little daunting putting your ideas and thoughts into words. Here are a few quick tips to give you the confidence to become a better writer.

Tip #1: Write Regularly

Many writers suggest writing every day. While this is good advice if you have the time to do so, many people with busy schedules will find that they can only write at certain times; e.g. at the weekends. The essential point is to set time aside regularly. If weeks go by without writing a single word, you will quickly lose momentum. Remember procrastination is a writer’s enemy!

Tip #2: Start Small

A beginner who sits down to write a full-length novel will inevitably run out of steam after just a few chapters. Good writing requires practice. So if you are a fiction writer start with a couple of short stories. If non-fiction writing is your preference start with some short blog posts. This way you can try out different ideas and hone your thoughts. Start with small manageable projects, and in time you will be able to tackle the longer ones.

Tip #3: Be Clear and Concise

The famous author George Orwell said it best: “Never use a long word when a short one will do”. Readers like to read clear and concise prose; nobody will be impressed if you try and show off your vocabulary. Keep things simple and always proof-read, edit and spell-check your writing.

Remember no one is a natural-born writer – it takes a lot of work and patience. Happy writing!

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Writing Fiction – how to get started

Writing fiction can be a wonderful thing – it can also be frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. People may not like your style, they may disparage your efforts (‘Anyone can write fiction,’ is heard all too often by budding writers, usually uttered in a scoffing tone of voice by someone who hasn’t written a word since their primary school homework. Here is how you can get started writing fiction

Where Do You Get Your Ideas

Keep a list of amusing anecdotes, story ideas, even one-liners that amused or moved you. You never know when a story or piece of writing will need a little something extra, and your ideas list might hold the answer for you. Start carrying a notebook and pen around with you (or use the memo app on your smartphone) and pay attention to everything that is going on around you – we pass by hundreds of stories every day, see how many you take note of.

Grammar Does Matter

It does not matter how wonderful your story-telling is, if you write it down badly, you will lose your reader. Some beginner writers think that ‘someone else’ will tidy up their bad grammar, poor spelling and awkward syntax. This is incorrect – it is the job of the writer to send out a piece of writing that is as close to perfect as they can get it.

Send, Send, Send

Submit your work anywhere and everywhere. Read the briefs on the submission pages of magazines and websites and make sure that your piece matches their needs, and submit away. Of course, you must be happy that your story is ready to be seen, and it must be polished: but the more you send out, the higher your chances of being published.

Finally – and obviously – keep on writing. Write a little bit every day, if you can, and do not let rejections or negative feedback put you off. If you want to write: then write.

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4 Great Tips and Tricks to Write a Useful Online Guide

Online user guides are convenient because they are virtually everywhere on the internet. And if you’ve already delved into content marketing, it becomes a rule of thumb to write appropriately so your how-to guide remains effective and user-friendly. The following section details 4 great tips on writing a quality online manual.

Choose the Topic Appropriately

The title you opt to select will significantly impact the success of your e-manual. In most cases, the topic will be determined by the following:

  • The objective of the manual
  • Field of profession
  • The audience

Essentially, you need to create a manual that can achieve the intended purpose, interests the target audience and lies within your area of expertise. After developing an idea, come up with a unique content and one that competes highly with your competitors.

Make the Guide Responsive

Today, everyone wants to access information from his or her mobile phone or tablet. Therefore, you need to make the webpage responsive to any device of any size regardless of the audience in focus. Smart devices come in all sizes and shapes and so do the tools required to access the guide. When the information can only be accessed through a desktop, it strangles the essence of the manual.

Have a Clear Writing Plan

Have a well-laid out plan on what to include in the guide. By planning about the content and the structure, it makes the writing process effortless. That goes along with conducting in-depth research on the topic and arranging this information in a logical manner.

Explain Technical Terms

Always explain some specialized jargon that the readers are unfamiliar with. You can explain these terms in a separate glossary webpage. However, ensure you include a link that directs the audience to the glossary. That makes it easy for them to access the definitions when the need arises. It can also be explained in an article, like in this one for example.

Creating an effective online guide involves more than just the topic choice. Content marketers should keep tabs on their audience’s needs and wants, so they come up with useful online e-manuals.

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Meet Inspirational Poker Legends With Books

Before the internet made everything easy, everything used to be handed over through word of mouth. It’s tough to find out the history of poker as just like everything else, poker used to be handed over to generations from stories told at the tables. Media, the internet and television were none existent which made the situation even worse. However, books played a significant role in keeping the game alive.

It will surprise you how many poker legends have tried their hand in writing books. Just like legends in other fields, poker legends have also written books to inspire aspiring poker players.

Who Are Some Of The Big Name Poker Players Who Have Written Books?

Below are some of the poker legends whose books have revolutionized some of the most common poker approaches.
They include:

Michael Craig

Michael Craig in his book The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide revolutionized the way poker gets played. Poker players using this strategy became rock stars of the game. The book also borrows ideas heavily from some poker pros.

Tommy Angelo

His book Elements Of Poker brings to life ”reciprocality” which means approaching the game from different perspectives. The book teaches you to think outside the box when it comes to playing poker.

• Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon wrote Little Green Book got released at the height of Phil’s fame in 2009. The book is all about strategy and borrows heavily from Harvey Penick’s The Little Green Golf Book. His fame and poker prowess enabled him to have a TV show called the Celebrity Poker.

Which Is Your Poker Playing Style?

There are different names used to describe an individual style of poker play. They include:
The Fish/Calling Station: the player calls a bet more than they raise.
Newbie; they refuse to learn the game to elevate their status t pros.
Maniac: they raise the game at any opportunity hindering smooth flow of the game

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