Blog by Toby Welch

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 ...