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5 Exercises that Will Help You Defeat Writer’s Block

Writers can sometimes face challenges when it comes to coming up with…

Writers can sometimes face challenges when it comes to coming up with story ideas, characters, and plot twists. When these challenges drag on, they become known as writer’s block. If you’re currently dealing with this problem, then be assured, you’re not alone. Every writer goes through this struggle. Heck, even I did for years! Yes, it’s true. I struggled with coming up with story ideas from my sophomore year in college to almost a year after I graduated from college. But the good news is that I’ve learned a few tricks to vanquish writer’s block. Here are 5 great exercises that will help you defeat it too:

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Top 5 Things Writers Do When They’re Not Writing

Writers have a tough job. Not only do they have to create…

Writers have a tough job. Not only do they have to create a reasonable, interesting world, they have to do so in writing (obviously). As Thomas Mann, a German novelist, said, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Writers have to think twice about each word they put on paper, pick only the best ideas, and tell refined stories that have been shaped and reshaped over and over and over. And even then, writers will still think their stories needs more work, but they have to stop editing at some point to get their writing published. So, what exactly do writers do when they’re not writing?

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A Letter to The World: Pray for Peace, For All Souls

Dear world, For the past few days, I’ve been angry and sad.…

Dear world,

For the past few days, I’ve been angry and sad. The City Beautiful, my city, Orlando, has been struck with terror and pain. My fellow Orlando family (and I’m not just talking about my blood relatives) all felt the immediate hurt that came out of the shooting at Pulse nightclub this past Sunday morning. Several times throughout this week I wanted to cry and had to hold myself. I did not personally know any of the victims; however, they were people. Some of them were friends of my friends; we had mutual friends and went to the same schools, ate at the same places, went to the same theme parks. These were real people with lives ahead of them and lots of dreams. And even if they weren’t from my city, I would have grieved for them just the way I grieved for the victims of 9/11, the recent Paris massacre, and my friends and loved ones being killed in my birth country Syria. These are people. These are people’s children, people’s friends, people’s lovers. They are you and me.

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Top 5 Things Writers Are Tired of Hearing

From time to time, us writers receive some comments that drive us…

From time to time, us writers receive some comments that drive us insane. Being the good actors we are—we are creative, after all—we put a smile on and tell everyone that we will consider their ideas. If you’re a writer, or perhaps just a curious reader, check out the following five things writers are tired of hearing. And pass on this little writer humor if you find it to be true!

WARNING: I will most likely ramble angrily in this blog.

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10 Reasons to Get a Free Dance with the Devil eBook

My book Dance with the Devil will be FREE all day long…

My book Dance with the Devil will be FREE all day long tomorrow, Friday, June 3, 2016, in the Amazon kindle store. Meaning that you can get a Free eBook copy of my book. You can get your copy tomorrow here. Simply choose the “Kindle” edition, select where you want the eBook to be delivered (your iPad, tablet, PC, phone, etc.), then click “Buy now with 1-click” to officially get your copy. Then, you’ll find the book in your Kindle app on your device of choice. If you don’t already have the Kindle app, be sure to download it (it is free) to your tablet, computer, or wherever you prefer. For now, here are 10 reasons why you should get a free copy of my book Dance with the Devil:

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Why Genre Fiction Can Still Be Literary

Genre fiction is, of course, commercial fiction; it consists of books like…

Genre fiction is, of course, commercial fiction; it consists of books like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Genre books are typically the most popular in the market. On the other hand, literary fiction is more “serious,” or so they say; it consists of books like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez. You could even count many classical novels, such as Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, as literary. In fact, literary fiction is described as being more character driven than plot driven, which means that genre books have more action and plot twists. However, I don’t think that all genre fiction books can be classified as not literary, and here’s why:

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Easy English Grammar Tips That’ll Advance Your Writing

The English language is so beautiful, and in my opinion, it is…

The English language is so beautiful, and in my opinion, it is the easiest language to learn. My first language is Arabic, but when I moved to America in 2004, English became the main language I used. In school, with my friends, and sometimes with my parents, that was what I spoke. And when I became a writer, I taught myself all the rules that even the typical American doesn’t know. So I can honestly say that I’ve become an expert in English grammar, and I’m here to share some English grammar tips to help you advance your writing in simple ways.

chasing life love triangle

Why Love Triangles Are Popular in Media

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed for many years the…

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed for many years the trend that is love triangles. Back in 2010 when I was writing my first novel Dance with the Devil (published in 2011), I finally understood why people—both writers and readers—enjoy these romantic triangles. Of course, these romantic triangles are also adored in all types of media, including TV shows, movies, comic books, and graphic novels, to name a few, and they can be found anywhere, even outside of romance novels. Yep, you could be reading a fantasy or a mystery and still get a romantic triangle. But why do they make us so excited? What is it about them that makes us keep reading or watching? I think I’ve figured it out, and here’s my opinion on the matter:

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Motivating Tips: A Guide to Reaching Your Dreams

The world is a big place, and let’s face it, not one…

The world is a big place, and let’s face it, not one of us has ever lived his or her life without feeling some sort of fear of failure. I know I have felt desperate time and again wanting to know the outcome of my hard work, whether I would ever reach my dreams. As an author, I like to think of my journey the way I think of my characters’ journeys: I am a writer working to get my work in the spotlight, to make a prominent name in the reading world, and at this very moment, I am so close to getting what I want but with a few obstacles in my way, just like a character at the start of a story. Does that mean I will fail? No one can tell, but if I give up now, I would have failed before I ever gave myself a chance. And the same applies to you. So I’m going to help you out by sharing with you the three motivating tips that have saved me from feeling sorry for myself and made me strive to reach my dreams.

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4 Places Straight Out of a Fairytale

Ever wanted to travel places so beautiful, so exotic that you almost…

Ever wanted to travel places so beautiful, so exotic that you almost felt transported out of this world? We all have, because deep down, we have the urge to experience magic on earth. I’ve put together four gorgeous locations that are straight out of a fairytale, so much so that they just might make you pull out a book, sit by their greatness, and read. I hope you enjoy!