10 Positive Mantras for Your Writing

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Some days are just harder to write than others. Some days you’d rather be lazy and some days you’d rather sulk.

Is that what a successful writer does?

Even after five years of blogging, I’ve had my moments where I didn’t feel like writing a blog post for next week. Still, I made sure a blog post was published on schedule.

How’d I do it? I changed my mindset.

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3 Ways to Use Ellipses . . . Correctly

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If punctuation had personality, the period would be the logical one, the comma calculated, the semi-colon the rambler and the colon attention-grabbing.

And the ellipsis? That’s our mysterious one.

What is the ellipsis holding back? What words will we never see in that quoted passage? And why were those words dropped in the first place?

Most importantly, how do we use the ellipsis correctly? Keep reading.

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5 Ways to Get Back Into Reading

5 Ways to Get Back Into Reading via KLWightman.com
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It’s easy to fall out of reading. Almost too easy.

Perhaps life got in the way. Perhaps you put your reading on pause to accommodate a major event. Perhaps your schedule shifted and you don’t know how to get back into reading.

I’ve been there. I’ve also been able to jump back in.

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7 Ways to Stay Positive While You Write

7 Ways to Stay Positive While You Write via KLWightman.com
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The beauty of writing is that a story can explore a rainbow of emotions, from fear and contempt to grief and rage.

However, the emotions we conjure up in our writing have a way of bringing us writers down to the point where we stop writing.

That’s neither good for your story nor you.

Don’t let these somber story feelings drag you down. You can stay positive while you write even the most depressing of stories by changing your mindset and your environment. I have seven suggestions to bring back your optimism:

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When Do You Capitalize After a Colon?

When Do You Capitalize After a Colon? via KLWightman.com
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If you ask two writers this question, you probably wouldn’t receive the same response. There isn’t a straightforward answer when it comes to figuring out when to capitalize after a colon.

While often used like an em dash or a semi-colon, the colon has multiple uses to both keep our sentences and numbers in line. But when do we capitalize the word that follows it?

Fortunately, there are tricks to remembering when to capitalize after a colon.

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