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Common Errors in English

A great resource for any writer. Common English language mistakes or misconceptions are included in detail. Some examples: oversee/overlook palate/palette/pallet ran/run sail/sale/sell taken back/taken aback Much of the content is online here: Common Errors in English

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Jumpstart Your Writing Efforts

Lot’s of practical tips on becoming a writer, such as: Stop talking about your novel or short story ideas and start writing. Get in the habit of writing for at least an hour every day, no matter what. One strategy is to get up an hour earlier than you have to, make yourself a cup […]

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Writing on the Mac

Doing your writing on a Mac? Learn some of these shortcuts to boost your productivity: Text ?A move to beginning of paragraph ?B move one character back ?D delete character to right ?E move to end of paragraph ?F move one character forward ?K delete text to end of paragraph ?N move to next line […]

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Backup Scrivener Files with Automator

Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow automatically take a snapshot of your Scrivener novel’s content and automate daily or weekly back-ups from your Mac to another location? Using Automator, it’s actually really easy. Preparation The following example assumes you have Panic’s Transmit ftp software, which integrates well with Automator, to do backups to […]

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Scrivener: Novel Writing Ecstasy

Finally, a (nearly) perfect novel writing tool. Scrivener software (still in beta) is a light-weight but innovative software tool exclusively for Macintosh users. You can download a beta version for free at Click on the thumbnail images for full screenshots. Scrivener’s outlining and note card capability allow you to organize your novel. You can […]

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Frank Peretti Featured on has expanded with a new look, new services, and new profiles of top Christian novelists, including a feature interview with Frank Peretti running May 2nd – 31st. Peretti’s interview highlights his writing journey, his inspiration, and the story behind the story of his latest novel, “Monster.” Kelli Standish, editor of FocusonFiction, says:  Frank Peretti […]

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Writer’s Guide to Reading Blogs

How to Get Into Blogs, 101 is a great starter article for those who are not familiar with blogs and blogging. If you’re not using Bloglines or another reader to read RSS blog feeds, you should read this very basic, step-by-step blog reading guide. Reading from a news aggregator is a quick and efficient way […]

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Using Index Cards

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor, 1995) mentions how how she uses index cards for more than just composition: I have index cards and pens all over the house—by the bed, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, by the phones, and I have them in the glove compartment of […]

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