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Write Every Day

Monday, February 21st, 2011

One of the hardest aspects of writing, as with any other habit, is getting started.

It’s kind of like brushing your teeth.  Once you’ve gotten in the habit, it’s relatively painless to do every day.  However, if you skip a day or two, it’s easier to stop.

Writing every day helps you get past this problem. I spend at least 15-30 minutes writing every day, even when I’m at my busiest.

Here are three articles that all writers should read:

What articles or tips do you have to help yourself write every day?  Do you think every day is too much?  If so, how often do you think writers should write?

Frequently Used Phrases in Your Work

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Last week, I found out about a tool that will show you the most frequently used phrases in your work.  Though designed for small documents, I pasted my current version of my manuscript in and found the tool needed only a few seconds.

The WriteWords Phrase Frequency Counter is designed to help writers identify their most frequently used phrases.  This way, you can look at each use to ensure you’re not overusing the phrase.

In my manuscript, I found that I used the phrase “for a moment” 45 times–almost once every four manuscript pages!  By understanding the phrases I overuse, I can change them to alternatives so that I don’t bore my readers.

The tool defaults to using two word phrases.  I think that’s too short, so I used a minimum of three words as my boundary.  This returned much more useful results.

What other tools do you use?  Do you find that you overuse certain phrases?  How do you avoid doing so?

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