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We need young writers

April 10 is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. While it might not generate the excitement of National Chocolate Day (October 28, or everyday...

Self-editing: Challenging but essential

As you finish typing those last few words of your manuscript, it’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief, shut down the computer, call...

The power of parallelism

Writers might not have superpowers like Superman, Wonder Woman, and others in the DC Universe, but we can use powers (tools) to improve the...

Ask before you write: Crafting the query

Beginning authors may not realize that before submitting a manuscript, it’s a good idea to send a query—an email to the editor of a...

Is your knowledge cursing your writing?

We nurses tend to take great pride in our knowledge. After all, we exert great effort to stay on top of the latest medical...

Why author guidelines matter

When asked to list their biggest frustrations with authors, most editors would put “not following author guidelines” at or near the top. I’ve commiserated...

Kicking off the collaborative writing team

Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary activity; in fact, coauthors can make the process easier. I was part of a writing team for...

7 tips for eliminating the ‘no time’ writing excuse

An oft-cited excuse for not writing is, “I don’t have the time.” (I confess to using it myself on more than one occasion.) The...

Yes, you can write

I often meet nurses who say they “wish” they could write, but know they “can’t.” I counter with “Yes, you can” because I know...