Aug 062011
 
How to Improve Your English - Speaking, Reading, Writing

Even if you’re not an ESL student, these tips on how to improve your English will help you speak, read, and write better. This article is inspired by a recent comment: “I’m an Asian student studying in a foreign country,” says Howard on How to Write Good Sentences and Paragraphs. “I’ve found out this year that my favorite subject is English, and I want to improve it. But my pronunciation

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Jan 112011
 
Editing and Proofreading Tips – 5 Ways to Proofread Your Writing

These editing and proofreading tips will make your writing better, and they’re kinda fun! These ways to proofread your writing are new to me – because honestly, I’m not much for editing. I tend to edit as I write, which many a writing coach has spanked me for. One of my goals is to separate writing from editing, which I believe is a better way to write. So, I’ve been

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Dec 072010
 
10 Most Common Writing Mistakes, Plus 10 Remedies

You won’t just find the most common writing mistakes here; also included are ten remedies for writers who make the same mistakes over and over! These writing tips are from Vancouver-based writer and publication coach, Daphne Gray-Grant. “Effective writers understand that they are lifelong apprentices,” says Gray-Grant. “They learn by reading – constantly. Note: this is not just passive ‘flip-through-a-thriller-while-sitting-on-the-pool-deck’ kind of reading. This is active ‘sit-up-and-pay-attention-to-technique-dissection’ – similar to what

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Nov 292010
 
Basic Writing Tips - 6 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

Even the most successful writers need to review the basic writing tips occasionally! These six ways to improve your writing skills will keep you grounded and in touch with what really matters (a publishing contract is exciting, but doesn’t really matter. What really matters is that you’re constantly, happily, improving your writing skills!). Before the tips, a quip:  “There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he

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Sep 292010
 
5 Practical Tips for Improving Your Writing Skills

These tips for improving your writing range from slowing down to connecting with your reader. There is a good writer in you somewhere; you need only take the time and do the work to find her! But before the tips, a quip: “On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away.” ~ Annie Dillard.

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Aug 172010
 
How to Edit Another Writer’s Writing – 7 Editing Tips

How do you edit another writer’s writing? Not by following the Golden Rule! (“Do unto other writers…”) These editing tips will help you edit someone else’s writing and help you ask other writers to edit your own work — and the first tip explains why writers should avoid the Golden Rule. Before the tips, a quip: “An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a

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Aug 102010
 
10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers

These book writing tips are from published book authors, freelance copywriters, and bloggers. Fellow scribes, don’t yawn because you’ve heard these tips before! Instead, I challenge you to actually apply each tip when you’re writing your book. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some

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Jul 252010
 
Essay Writing Tips – How to Write College Essays and Term Papers

Knowing how to write college essays and term papers can make the difference between passing and failing a college course! These essay writing tips sprout from years of writing practice, and they’re kicked off by a publication coach. Before the tips, a quip: “A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in

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Jul 202010
 
How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles

To learn how to write interesting magazine or newspaper articles, you need to study how news writers do it. These tips are inspired by a newspaper article by Vancouver Sun reporter, Peter McKnight. McKnight’s article is all about the F-word – but that’s not what makes his writing interesting! He could write about fluff, and I’d ignore a house fire to read every word. He’s that good with words. Speaking

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Jul 062010
 
5 Mistakes New Freelancers Make – Tips for Successful Writing

New freelancers make mistakes that can easily be avoided – especially if they’re armed with these tips for successful writing from a professional writer! Here, Chris Brantner of HELP! Copy & Design doesn’t just reveal the biggest mistakes new writers make, he explains how to prevent them. Before his tips, a quip: “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” ~ Samuel Johnson. Perhaps one of the biggest

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