Successful Writing Proficiency provides a thorough preparation for the different types of writing necessary for students at advanced levels. The book focuses. Successful Writing. v. Chapter 2: Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence? Chapter 6: Writing Paragraphs: Separating Ideas and Shaping Content. This is the book Successful Writing (v. ). This book is licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa (

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Virginia Evans - Successful Writing - upper-intermediate. Pages · · MB English Grammar In Use 3 Intermediate Upper Intermediate Book. Successful Writing series consists of well-structured units which develop the skills necessary for effective writing at intermediate to advanced levels. This book. Successful Writing: Student's Book Upper intermediate by Virginia Evans, , available at Book Depository with free delivery.

There is no simpler way to say it. If you want to be a painter, you have to paint. If you want to be a cook, you have to cook. If you want to be X, you have to practice X--far more than you "think" about how badly you want to be X.

All through college, I watched the majority of my peers wait to write. They were waiting to feel inspired, waiting to see what the teacher thought of their last piece, waiting for some outside nod of approval instead of just getting on with it and putting pencil to paper or fingers to keys.

I'm here to tell you that unless you can establish the simple practice of writing into your daily schedule, you will never succeed. Stop reading here, because nothing else I tell you will matter--unless you can first firmly establish this habit into your everyday life. If you want to become a writer, you have to write.

1. Have an Orderly Daily Routine (That Pays)

Every single day. The art of personal branding. People don't download writing. They download you. In the digital age, the single most valuable thing you can create for yourself is a brand around who you are and whatever it is you write about. You could be the most incredible wordsmith the world has ever seen, but unless you have an audience, nobody will read it--and even if you want to go the conventional publishing route, a publisher will see you and your work as a gamble.

You don't have a following on the internet.

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You don't have an e-mail list of people ready to read your next piece of work. Nobody knows who you are, and that's a problem. I attribute a lot of my success as a writer to my working knowledge of branding, positioning, marketing, and social storytelling.

And as much as we writers would love to hide away and not have to "put ourselves out there," we don't have that luxury anymore. We are now competing against YouTubers, Instagram stars, and viral cat videos. People are either reading our work, or they're watching two cats swing from a ceiling lamp. To attract and keep people's attention, you have to give them something to feel loyal to--and that's you.

The patience to play the long game. There are two types of writing: the kind you share, and the kind you sell.

Ninety-nine percent of artists--whether you're a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, a painter--want to come out of the gate and have someone they're not quite sure who, but someone pay them to create whatever it is they want to create. As an independent writer, I've learned that consumers download only two things: things they like, and things they need. Everything else, we ignore--no matter how "brilliant" someone else says it is. Which means, as creators, it's our job to adopt a similar mentality: here are the things I create for myself that someone else might like , and here are the things I create to solve a consumer need and turn a nice profit, which allows me to spend more time creating things I enjoy.

The poetry I keep in my journal? There's probably a very small market for that. A book that teaches aspiring writers how to become successful in the digital age? Much larger market.

Now, this doesn't mean I should never write poetry. Once your chapter outline is complete, the next steps are: Speak your first draft aloud into a recording app or device such as Voice Memos or Audacity. Get that audio file transcribed using a transcription service like Rev. As I mentioned, one of the benefits of this method is its speed. Just how fast can you write a first draft using speech dictation?

Try these pro tips to maximize your daily word count: Flex your writing muscles each day. Create your writing routine and stick to it. If you get stuck on a particular section and stop making progress, find a different part of the book that appeals to you today and write that section instead. Planning and research can be necessary—or a method of procrastination. Use a timer if it helps you stay on track. An accountability partner can keep you on track. Set up weekly meetings to review work and cheer each other on.

Spots are limited! So nothing could possibly go wrong…right? Unfortunately, no. Even when you have a solid plan, a proven system, and a detailed outline, you can still get tripped up by some of these sneaky book writing roadblocks. For some, being blocked means no words at all, while for others, it means trying to nail down a functional draft in the midst of a tornado of swirling ideas. The only way to deal with it is to beat it. If you use a laptop, put pen to pad. Try some new music, a new location, or new beverage to sip at your desk.

If you find you start writing slowly and warm up as time goes on, allow adequate time during your writing sessions to get the creative juices flowing.

Review what you wrote yesterday to refresh your memory. Talk it out.

Virginia Evans - Successful Writing - upper-intermediate

Making something good is what second drafts and the editing process is for. Always remember: Done is better than perfect. Go for a walk.

You might be surprised at how a walk outside, or a brief bit of exercise, helps refresh and recharge your creative juices. Read another author who has a style you like. Read their book for 10 minutes and then start typing, holding their voice in your head. Then you stop and reread what you just wrote. And instead of continuing, you go back and start editing those first few pages of writing.


You want everything to be just right before you continue on ahead. Usually, when this sort of thing happens, it becomes very difficult to do any more writing. The take-home lesson? Think about how you want to format your book before you write it, and then be consistent. And take the time to figure out how to format your book for publication.

For example, did you realize that fiction and nonfiction books typically use different indentation styles? Only use one space after a period. Using 2 spaces was necessary with typewriters, but not with computers. This is the only way to ensure that your page break will work even after people resize your book on their site. She sets her own schedule and priorities, which includes writing one book a year for charity.

This year, she will be donating the proceeds of the next novel in the series, entitled Kissing Galileo. In addition, thanks to a lack of commitment to a publisher, Reid owns the copyright to all her characters and books. She therefore has started her own small publishing business for authors who wish to write within the fictional universe she has created.

Twelve authors will be publishing full-length novels in this universe in the next year. She uses her stories as a means to encourage discussion and promulgate knowledge of current events and topics such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, the Nigerian oil crisis, the impact of lobbyists on the governance of the US, big pharma, the foster care system, and advances in artificial intelligence.

The real, important question is: How do I find my audience?

Follow the author

She offers the following advice for eliminating as many barriers as possible to your audience finding, accessing, and discovering your book: Find an editor who loves your voice.

Query several. Interview them.

Edit mercilessly for pacing and flow. Pay for a fantastic cover that makes your intended audience pause and take a second look. The cover is about the content of the book and should reflect both the content and you the author equally. Go where the readers are e.Usually, these are the topics you are more passionate about. Use these proven writing prompts. A Unfortunately. Semi-lormollellers Introduction 3 Whichof the following does Jackie's mothersay she should include?

Ii[] [ill 5. Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking. In her letter toJackie, Monique

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