Blog by Toby Welch

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The Necessity of Being Specific in What You Write

April 29th, 2019

When you want to write a magazine article or get a book published, the more specific the topic, the more likely you are to get the thumbs up from an editor.

If you don’t have a specific slant, an idea is usually too generic. It would be like sending an editor a pitch about reducing your household water consumption. There’s nothing wrong with the idea but the editor won’t be itching to hire y ...

Writing Goals

April 23rd, 2019

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Writing goals are like a blueprint of where you want to go in your writing journey.

Are you well on your way to meeting your writing goals? Or should you set new ones? Did you set your original goals with low expectations? You have a two options – you can aim to reach the goals you have already set and then bask in the knowledge you were successful or you can reset your goals, taking into c ...

Top 10 Pieces of Advice From Famous Writers

April 15th, 2019

Those who have had writing success share nuggets of wisdom:

Dr. Seuss - “Virtually every page is a cliff-hanger—you’ve got to force them to turn it.”

Stephen King - “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

Jack London - “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have t ...

Judging Writing Contests

April 7th, 2019


When I was first asked to judge a writing competition, I’ll admit I was flattered. They wanted ME! Who wouldn’t take that as a compliment? It was the first annual writing competition this organization was hosting. Not only that, it was going to be international. They expected to be flooded with thousands of entries. To deal with the impending deluge of sub ...

Find More Writing Time: Minutes, Not Hours

March 31st, 2019


When trying to find writing time, stop thinking in terms of hours and think of minutes. Angela England, the author of 30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook, is a fan of using snippets of time. “I keep my document open when I’m working on a big project like an ebook. When I have five or 10 minutes, I write. Hard core, no editing, nothing but writing. I write around 100 words in five ...

The Best Blog Post I’ve Ever Read

March 24th, 2019

I’m a voracious reader and I read a lot of writing blogs. When I read this post by Jeff Goins on his blog at, I wanted to stand up and cheer. Goins, a writer and motivator, summed up so many of my writing pet peeves and expressed what makes a good writer in such simple language. Being good isn't complicated and Goins, in my very humble opinion, summed it up perfectly. Here is ...

Coming Up With Blog Topics

March 18th, 2019

The most important consideration when coming up with blog topics is to offer something of value to the reader. Some people just wanted to be entertained whereas others want to learn something. As a writer, you have the ability to satisfy at least one of those criteria but preferably both. So, what should you blog about? It needs to be something you know more about that the average person; a l ...

Should You Blog? Pros and Cons...

March 12th, 2019

Should you blog? That is a question almost everyone ponders at one time or another. After all, most of us have something to share whether it's our knowledge, details about an extended trip, or how-to tips.
Blogging has numerous advantages:

- Convenient and low-cost way to promote and market yourself and your writing.

- Increased exposure for yourself and your writing.

- Helps you find and/ ...

To Blog or Not to Blog?

March 1st, 2019

What is a blog? Think of it as a diary you post on the Internet. People who can e-mail have the technological ability to host a blog.

Chris Bubny, Director of Community Development for Blogging Systems, shares his thoughts, “New media marketing tools such as blogs are being used to share information, attract search engines, and demonstrate expertise. Blogs provide a low-cost, high-results to ...

Back From Unplanned Hiatus!

February 24th, 2019
I am horrid! It has now been over a year since I wrote a blog post. Not acceptable! That fact seems especially bad because I am a writer. To absolve myself for this atrocity, I am committing to doing one blog post per week from now until the end of the year. Yes, I am going to make that happen! My first few posts are going to be about blogs to get me back into the groove of posting blogs. I d ...
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