ByEileen McNulty-Holmes, writer at
Movie Pilot Editor. Queen of grammar and graphic novels. Tweets: @eileenamholmes
Eileen McNulty-Holmes

So, you're all set up on Moviepilot. You've got a killer profile pic and a quippy bio, and maybe even a few decent posts under your belt! But how do you take your MP blog to the next level? How do you attract readers, and keep them coming back for more? How do you ensure that your posts stand out from the crowd?

Never fear- MP is here to help! I've put together this list of articles, apps and images which will help you take the next step in your online writing journey. Whether you're looking for a few words of inspiration, or a crash course in titles, hopefully there's a little something to help every Creator. Let's get started, shall we?

Mastering the Basics

Did you know that the MP Community Team have written several guides to help you get started on Moviepilot, and achieve creator awesomeness from day one? If you didn't, you should absolutely check out our Tips, Tricks and FAQS post- this post is a treasure trove of insights for MP rookies, but even our seasoned Creators might be able to learn a thing or two :)

After that, I'd also suggest checking out our Guide to Making Your Posts Look Totally Flawless, for the insider info on how to make your posts stand out from the crowd. If you want to know how to create the best featured images, quotations and polls, this is the post for you.

Recommended Reading

We've prepared an article or two for every occasion! If there's a topic you can't see here that you'd like to cover, or you just want some extra reading (you incorrigible nerd, you!), just get in touch :D

When You Want Some Tips on Getting it Done- Look no further than this awesome article from Joss Whedon! Not only will you learn about how best to tackle new projects and posts, you'll also find out the inspiration behind Serenity. Fun and factual!

If You Wanna Dive Straight In at the Deep End With ONE HUNDRED Tips On Blogging- Good on you! We've got an article for that. So! Many! Tips!

When You're Struggling to Craft That Perfect Headline- This incredibly thorough guide should be able to help you out.

If You Need Some Advice on Structure, or The Perils of Over-Wording:- David Foster Wallace is your guy. He also advocates writing with a usage dictionary by your side. If you've got some extra cash to splash, a usage dictionary is definitely a solid investment!

When You Just Want Some Words of Wisdom from James Gunn- Because we all need a little Gunn wisdom in our lives from time to time. Never fear- we have not one, but two posts for that.

When You Need Some Advice on Editing Your Post to Perfection- LifeHack has got you covered. I heartily advocate the 'reading aloud' method- you catch so many weird phrases when you read aloud to yourself! Please note: I cannot be held responsible if you follow this advice, and the people around you think you're a crazy person ;)

If You're Looking For Some Easy Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity- This article might help you out. It covers everything, from simple tips you've probably heard before (like creating a writing routine) to some more unusual methods (like planning and scheduling your distractions). A productivity system that allows you to Netflix binge- what could possibly be better?!

When You're Feeling Frustrated by Your Own Typos- No worries! It happens to us all. This article will explain why it's so hard to catch your own typos, and hopefully give you confidence to get creating again!

'I Don't Have Time to Read, Dammit!'

No worries- we have images for that! (Although you should totally make time to read. Reading is great.)

One of the most common issues we come across in MP posts is run-on sentences; no shame, it happens to the best of us- just look how long this sentence is becoming! This image perfectly sums up how you should use run-on sentences. One or two can be fantastic for injecting drama into your post. But too many will cause your writing to lose its impact, and its music. It's good practice to bear this quotation in mind when editing your posts. :)


We also have this quick and dirty guide to the most basic grammar and punctuation pitfalls. Writing about geeky topics specifically also comes with its own dangers. Remember, it's Spider-Man and Star-Lord, but Iron Man and Scarlet Witch, and Batman and Superman. Also, the Force is capitalised, but the light side and the dark side of the Force are not.


Handy Tools to Bookmark

An Online Image Editor- In an ideal world, we'd all have the latest version of Photoshop and be pros at using it. Alas, this is not an ideal world- but Picmonkey do an excellent, free online editing tool for all of your image-based needs.

A Fantastic Gif Database- A well-selected gif or two can really take your posts to the next level. Giphy is an MP staff approved database of gifs, and our go-to place for finding the perfect image to make posts come alive!

Turning Video Clips into Gifs- Nothing will add a little spark of originality to your work quite like making your own gif! Giphy also has excellent tool for this- input your video, crop the footage you need, and convert! BOOM.

Grammarist- Guys, I've truly saved the best until last. Grammarist is my ultimate go-to resource for all questions relating to grammar, punctuation, syntax and usage. This site never lets me down! Whether you want to finally get to grips with the dastardly comma, or want to master the three different types of dash, Grammarist has your back. Is it at all obvious that I love this site way too much?

Well guys- that just about concludes our tour of all of the best resources for becoming an MP Master! I hope you've found everything you were looking for- if not, feel free to get in touch and I'll be happy to help. Particularly if it's about grammar. Grammar is great.


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