How to Improve Writing Skills

You have the drive, you have the passion, and you’re more than willing to put in the time it takes to finish a manuscript. But you also want to make sure your work is clean, compelling, and perfectly structured. Help for doing just that can be found right here.

Tips for Avoiding Redundancy

Tautologies pair synonymous words. "But" and "however" mean the same thing, so the phrase "but however" is redundant. A moment is by its nature brief, so we needn't speak of a brief moment to be understood. You don't have to explain the reason why when you can explain the reason, or...

3 Tips for Developing Solid Dialogue

Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer's disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story...

5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That's one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children's Books. Read more tips here.

8 Basic Writing Blunders

These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

by Jerry B. Jenkins

7 Laws of Comedy Writing

Writing humor is subjective and challenging—thankfully, there are many ways to create it. How to Write Funny provides advice, insights and humor from more that twenty writers with a gift for making readers laugh

Crossing Over

Fiction and nonfiction writers have a lot to teach each other about the craft. Here's how writing in both genres will make you that much better.

Tips for Finding Your Own Writing Style

David Fryxell discusses the difficult task of trying to find your own natural writing style, one that will help subtly distinguish your work from that of your peers. Style, according to Fryxell, is the product of a writer's tone and voice and cannot be successfully forced or plagiarized from another. Here...

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Word

How do you choose the right word for the right situation? The most powerful words tend to be the shortest and, not coincidentally, the ones most basic to the English language. Words like kin, thanks and small, for instance, are deeply rooted in Old English before A.D. 1000, while words like...

Show and Tell

To show or to tell isn't a battle of good versus evil, but the skilled storyteller knows how to play each to maximum effect.