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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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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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5 Infographics Every Writer Should See—The Fiction Edition!

Filed in Author Inspirations by on June 29, 2016 0 Comments
5 Infographics Every Writer Should See—The Fiction Edition!

Writing fictional narratives is tricky business; you are building entire people from scratch, and sometimes even entire worlds or universes. Time, sensory details, emotions, and plot all have to work together and seem effortless—even though writing it that way is anything but. When it comes to writing fiction, everyone can use a little help sometimes. […]

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5 Infographics That Every Writer Should See

Filed in Author Inspirations by on June 8, 2016 2 Comments
5 Infographics That Every Writer Should See

You have just hit the dreaded writer’s block, and you need a break. Maybe you need to inspire your writing or renew your message—or you just don’t know if you should use an adjective or an adverb in your last sentence. In any case, you will find yourself searching the furthest reaches of the Internet […]

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