Grammar Tips

10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

Written by on February 3, 2013 in Grammar Tips, Writing Quips & Tips with 44 Comments

A grammar mistake as “little” as its instead of it’s can stop you from getting published, or change an A paper to a B or even a C. Here are the most common grammatical errors people make, plus tips on how to fix them. This is a guest post from Honor Clement-Hayes, who is – […]

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5 Examples of Using Your Senses in Your Writing

5 Examples of Using Your Senses in Your Writing

Written by on January 20, 2011 in Books, Grammar Tips, Mechanics of Good Writing, Writing Tips with 5 Comments

Good writing activates your ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and tongue, right? Use these tips for using your senses or sensory details in writing to spice up your prose… “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the senses,” writes Hall in How Fiction Works. How Fiction Works: Proven […]

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10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers

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.  […]

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

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 […]

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How to Write Better Sentences, Better Paragraphs, Better Everything!

How to Write Better Sentences, Better Paragraphs, Better Everything!

Knowing how to write better sentences will help you write better paragraphs, which will help you be a better writer! To paraphrase Shakespeare, “the sentence is the thing.” It’s the foundation of spellbinding books, blogs, or magazine articles! These tips will help you write better sentences, which will create better paragraphs, which will blossom into better […]

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6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers

6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers

To improve your writing, you need to edit yourself mercilessly. These six editing tips are from copywriters, editors, and freelance writers; they’ll help you clean up your articles and chapters, and increase the chances of selling your work to an editor or publisher. Before the tips, a quip: “It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you […]

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51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing

51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing

Written by on February 20, 2010 in Grammar Tips, Mechanics of Good Writing with 22 Comments

Do you want your writing to get noticed – in a good way? Ditch these over-used adverbs, nouns, and cliches when writing articles, stories, and books. Ditch these boring words and phrases! Stop using amorphous adverbs and namby-pamby nouns! Delete crummy clichés! I promised a reader in the comments section of 5 Over-Used Words and […]

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5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

Want to improve your writing? Avoid these five over-used words and phrases! These writing tips are from a successful writer who isn’t just my regular guest blogger – she’s a recent Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner. I’ve learned a lot from freelancer Susan Johnston – such as how to increase my blog readership, earn […]

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Common Writing Mistakes – Plus Tips for Strong Writing

Common Writing Mistakes – Plus Tips for Strong Writing

What are your most common writing mistakes? The more quickly you recognize them, the faster and better you’ll write! Here are several mistakes that experienced freelance writers, novelists, and writing instructors often make — plus several tips for strong writing.  Before the writing tips, a quip from Socrates: “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you […]

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Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better

Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better

Published author and successful writer William Meikle offers five ways to improve your writing skills, articles, and books. Becoming a successful writer is a process, so buckle up and enjoy the journey, fellow scribes! Before the tips, a quip: “As a writer, it’s all too easy to concentrate on the mechanics of submitting work to editors […]

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