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7 Science-Backed Tips To Improve Your Writing [Infographic]

The ability to write creatively is a skill not many people possess. While typically linked to the arts, good writing is also fueled by a surprising amount of science. Exploiting this knowledge can help take your prose to the next level. With that in mind, here are seven scientific ways to improve your writing.


The 10 Types Of Writers' Block (And How To Overcome Them)

Writer’s Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?


Twelve Quotes From Authors To Remember When Starting Your First Book

When working on your first book, you’re faced with an extremely daunting task. Regardless of whatever training or practise you’ve had in the past, it’s still your first novel. At times it will be a highly enjoyable venture, but much of it will be excruciating. There are moments where you might want to throw in the towel, or where you’ll feel completely lost. And when that happens just remember the wise words of the successful authors below — they hold the roadmap back to finishing your novel successfully.


Ulysses Is The Plain Text, Evernote-Style Writing App I've Always Wanted

I’ve long been a fan of plain text for everything from notes to general writing, but it wasn’t until recently that I found my holy grail: An app that could sync with multiple devices and handle multiple output types. Ulysses. It’s the plain text version of Evernote I’ve always wanted.


Your Workspace Doesn't Need To Inspire You, It Needs To Be Novel

My most productive places to work are coffee shops. They’re not particularly inspirational. In fact, they’re usually loud and uncomfortable, yet I get stuff done faster and more efficiently while I’m there. Writer Asher Stephenson has a theory behind why this happens: it’s about novelty.


Handwrite Your Notes Instead Of Typing Them For Better Memory Retention

Typing on a keyboard (hardware or virtual) might be quicker than writing things out with pen and paper, but for learning and long-term memory, handwriting trumps the keyboard.


Break Through Creative Blocks By 'Just Keeping At It'

There are dozens of specific lifehacks, tips and tricks to help you push past creative blocks, but this video from New York Magazine’s Science of Us serves up an important reminder that the best and simplest thing to do when you’re stumped is to just keep creating.


Expresso Analyses Your Writing To Weed Out Unnecessary Words

Words are powerful, and writers have to choose them carefully. Expresso helps improve your writing by analysing your text, pointing out style issues and suggesting alternatives.


Monospace Writer Leaves Beta, Organises And Locks Files With Hashtags

Android: Monospace was already a nice, distraction-free text editor when we first took a look at it last year. Now, the app is leaving beta and it’s getting a few handy new features, including organising your notes with hashtags.


Cleartext Limits Your Writing To The 1000 Most Common Words In English

Mac: Last year, XKCD’s Randall Monroe released Simple Writer, a web app that restricted your writing to the top 1000 most commons words in the English language. If web apps aren’t your thing, Cleartext is a free Mac app that does the same thing.


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