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Elaine Retty

With experience as an English literature teacher and freelance writer, Elaine brings her knack for revision to the editorial team. She started at the University of Central Florida in 2005, and she holds degrees in English Literature and Language Arts Education with an additional minor in writing. As a parenting blogger, she enjoys writing about her adventures with her toddler daughter and husband as they take advantage of living where the rest of the world vacations.

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The Books Every Writer on Your List Wants

Filed in Editor's Picks, From the Desk of... by on December 16, 2016 1 Comment
The Books Every Writer on Your List Wants

If you want to write, you have to read, and what better gift is there for the aspiring author than a handpicked book to help them take the industry by storm? For writers, books are more than words on a page; they are teachers and models and muses. Every turn of the page should hold […]

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5 Gifts You Didn’t Know Writers Wanted [hint: It’s not a notebook]

Filed in Author Inspirations, Editor's Picks by on December 9, 2016 0 Comments
5 Gifts You Didn’t Know Writers Wanted  [hint: It’s not a notebook]

The holiday season is all about taking something you know and love about your friends and family and turning it into a wonderful gift that they will treasure—and you simply can’t give the writer in your life their millionth notebook! From the inspirational to the utilitarian, I have gathered together some fun, unique gift ideas that […]

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5 Quick, Daily Exercises To Make You A Better Writer

Filed in Author Inspirations by on September 21, 2016 6 Comments
5 Quick, Daily Exercises To Make You A Better Writer

Reading and writing every day is the best way to sharpen your craft. What if you (like many people) don’t have time to sit down and write lengthy paragraphs on a daily basis? Or what if you need a little help with what to write? These quick and easy writing prompts and exercises are concise […]

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Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 31, 2016 2 Comments
Said Is Dead: 141 Words to Use Instead of “Said”

You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to be included in your awesome writing, and one of the most notorious “dead words” is “said.” But dialogue is important! I hear you. It […]

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5 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Is Using Right Now

Filed in Marketing Your Book by on August 1, 2016 5 Comments
5 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Is Using Right Now

If you haven’t hopped on Twitter yet, you are seriously missing out on some wonderful connections in the online writing community. The key to successfully benefitting from Twitter is engagement, and hashtags make finding your tribe even easier—if you know where to look! Here are five trending hashtags to help you get inspired, find writing […]

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