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Category: Writing Tips

3 Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

If you’re like me, Microsoft Word was and may still be a mainstay on your PC. I know when I was younger I thought I was all that when I had a full install of Microsoft Office. As time grew on, my path in life did as well. My needs and priorities changed. I spent my money on software titles like Photoshop and Dreamweaver to further my web and graphic design business. Microsoft Word wasn’t a necessity. I found an open source alternative that was free and used that. I could save DOC and DOCX files – I was set.

Microsoft Office still corners the market but there are several reliable free options out there to be found. All very useful, with many of the features of Word and all compatible with existing documents.

Social Media Hashtags For Writers

If you have spent any time on social media, any time at all, you have seen hashtags used within a post or comment. Back in the day, a hashtag was simply known as a pound symbol. Today, it is a way to start, follow, and participate in online conversations.

As a writer, promoting your brand is vital. Hashtags are a great way to stay on top of the conversation in your genre. The writing community frequently uses hashtags as a way to self-promote, announce projects, and follow trending topics of interest.

Don’t feel as if you are alone on an island when it comes to social media hashtags. Just how they work, what they are and how they can help writers on social media platforms is sometimes confusing.

Write Yourself Through Writer’s Block

As an active writer and one who has somewhat of a presence on social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I am always interested in what other writers biggest issues may be. Astonishingly enough, aside from coming up with time to actually write, writer’s block is the biggest enemy of many a scribe. I say astonishingly because I personally don’t feel writer’s block actually exists. I feel it’s a crutch or an excuse used by writers who feel the need to justify lazy days. And before you go scrolling down to leave a comment telling me how nuts I am…

Creative Minds Need to Unwind and Relax

As a creative individual, I find the need to reset to be such a vital part of my process. It’s truly amazing how outside forces impact the thought process and more importantly how it can stifle creativity. Being a writer my work space is about 9 inches above my mouth and thankfully those thoughts make it to the paper without too much of a detour. But when the ideas are jumbled or stress levels rise, concentration is the first thing to suffer. At least once a year I ‘escape’ and enjoy a getaway to a place with the least amount…

Artists and Writers : Our Own Worst Critics

In December of 2014, I made a clear decision that life is far too short for not doing what you dream to do. For me it was writing. I write poetry and prose and have dabbled in screenwriting, which I hope to do much more of in the near future, along with motivating and inspiring other writers to follow their dreams.  I started a Facebook page and I first thought only a few friends would be a part of it and of course like everything, simply because they had to. I never thought anyone would read what I wrote, let…

How Do You Decide What To Write About

I have always been a natural storyteller. Since I was a young child, I was always more interested in reading than watching. For me, when I read a book, I could create my own visuals. I didn’t have to depend on others to show me what to see.  For that reason, I try and read a book before I see the film. Otherwise, the visual is askew. With shorter pieces, I write what comes to me. I have a closeness to all I write. I invest a bit of my time into the words and the end result holds a…

Can Words Really Inspire?

I’m often told that the words I write or have written in the past are uplifting and on occasion, inspiring. I never really thought twice about it until recently when I saw a quick Facebook quote that read – ‘Don’t follow your dreams – Chase them!”. I began to think about all the millions of words I’ve read and written. And even those that have been said to me personally and  really tried to pinpoint any that may have changed my life or had a deep impact on the way I live it. I thought about including song lyrics but…