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Articles by Justin Cox

Justin Cox is a writer, minister, and donut eater. His words are available online at Wired, Film School Rejects, The Writing Cooperative, The Coffeelicious, and more. Besides writing, Justin is an avid traveler and foodie. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Carla, and their dog, Mac. Connect with Justin on Twitter, Medium, or at JustinCox.com.

Why Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Why Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Our brains are overstimulated. As writers, we need to let our mind rest so new ideas will grow. Find ways that allow you space to pause, slow down, and let go of unproductive thoughts.

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How to Properly Disclose Affiliate Links and Endorsements Online

How to Properly Disclose Affiliate Links and Endorsements Online

While affiliate links are commonly used online, their proper and *legal* usage is not widely understood. After a little research, I’ve come up with a few questions and answers.

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Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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What We Can Learn About Writing from "Hamilton"

What We Can Learn About Writing from "Hamilton"

*Hamilton* is an international sensation. Fusing hip-hop and musical theater, Lin-Manuel Miranda created an impressive telling of Alexander Hamilton’s life story. As writers, there’s a lot we can learn from the show, its creation, and its namesake.

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Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest

The English language is tricky. Words can sound the same but have very different meanings. This makes mastering grammatical rules difficult. One set of confusing words are peek, peak, and pique.

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It vs. They: Corporate Showdown

It vs. They: Corporate Showdown

We’re taught how to address each other using proper pronouns and articles. But what about corporations? Are they people, requiring a more personal **you** or **they**? Or are they faceless entities, requiring an impersonal **it**?

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Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

As writers, we want our words in front of as many eyes as possible. This requires pitching publications and growing our bylines. So let’s look at a few ways to pitch without causing the publication to delete your request.

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Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: *write out numbers between zero and nine*. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.

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What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.

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Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.

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Does It Sound Right?

Does It Sound Right?

We could spend every waking moment learning grammar rules and still not have them all mastered. And that would leave zero time to actually write anything. Luckily for each of us, there’s a surefire way to avoid learning the majority of grammar rules while still adhering to them.

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How I Write While on the Go

How I Write While on the Go

Traveling, even that for work, enriches our lives and provides ample material for our writing. The key is to capture those moments without getting overwhelmed in the moment. Making timely notes means your writing will grow, as will your ability to reflect on the experience.

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Write for an Audience of One

Write for an Audience of One

We’re the subject of our own lives. Instead of just getting by day to day, journaling allows us to explore our experiences and ourselves. Writing about what we know gives us the opportunity to grow as a person and as a writer.

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Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

The Writing Cooperative is an online writing community with over 100,000 followers on Medium and 2,200 members on Slack. Despite its massive size, The Writing Cooperative started with just two people who never met. This is the story of how it all began.

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