Aug 192014
How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Becky Levine shares tips for developing your “editor’s eye” and analyzing writing like a

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Feb 032013
10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

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 – among many other things – the Women’s Fashion Editor for an online culture magazine called

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Jan 202011
5 Examples of Using Your Senses in Your Writing

Good writing activates your ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and lips. Here are concrete examples of how to use senses in your writing. “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the senses,” writes Oakley Hall in How Fiction Works: Proven Secrets to Writing Successful Stories That Hook Readers and Sell. He describes dozens of literary techniques, with examples from famous writers. Hall uses fiction

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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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Jun 102010
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 books, blog posts, or magazine articles. Before the tips, a quip: “A scrupulous writer, in

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Apr 022010
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 edit brilliantly.” ~ C. J. Cherryh. Fellow scribes, don’t let your fears of writing or rejection

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Feb 202010
51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing

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 Phrases for Writers to Avoid that I’d write this post…and here it finally is….better late

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Sep 252009
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 more money writing, and write great conclusions. “Too often, writers rely on clichés or tired,

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May 202009
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 shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”  Basically, he’s saying that to

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