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Improving Your Grammar—the Easy Way

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Recently I was approached by the team over at Grammarly. Check out our tool, they said. It will help you improve your writing! People who write better earn more money!  I was skeptical. After all, I was a spelling bee champ! An English Major! Plus, as a result of my long writing career I thought I had a fairly good handle on the world of grammar

February 26, 2015 | Crystal King

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Kickstarting Creativity: MindMapping for Writers

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While many know me as a social media expert, I’m also someone who is endlessly fascinated by creativity and the creative mind. In past years I’ve taught some Grub Street classes on creative writing exercises--unusual ones that I developed as part of my M.A. in Critical & Creative Thinking. One thing that I have learned over the years is that visually exploring plots, characters and themes is something that most writers don't do very often

January 22, 2015 | Crystal King

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The Importance of Creative Incubation in the Writing Process

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For years creativity experts have agreed that for most people, creativity comes to them in a cyclical fashion. It's a rare person who can create and create and create nonstop (people with hypergraphia come to mind...but that almost seems more like torture in many ways).

When it comes to creative effort, motivation goes hand in hand. Creativity researcher Raymond S. Nickerson explains his 1999 essay, Enhancing Creativity, that:

December 25, 2014 | Crystal King

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Four Tips for Using Social Media for Author Self-Promotion WITHOUT Annoying Others

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One of the women in my writing group is launching her gorgeous debut novel this month (yay Anjali Mitter Duva!). This means, of course, that she is experiencing the thrill of her first book signing, seeing reviews popping up on websites and blogs, walking into bookstores and seeing it on shelves, etcetera. What it also means is that her book promotion campaign is in full swing.

October 23, 2014 | Crystal King

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Social Media 101 for Authors: Ten Ways to Build Your Twitter Following

By Crystal King

So you have a Twitter account. You’ve set up your profile, followed a few people, tweeted a few things but now you are likely wondering what to do next. How do you find more followers? How do you find the right followers?

I’m a big proponent of more is not always better. This is especially true on Twitter.  An audience of 30,000 people might be great, but what if 20,000 of those followers are irrelevant

October 24, 2011 | Crystal King

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