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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 Helping Your Stories Come Alive

If your fiction seems to lack punch, perhaps the problem is not with your plot, but rather with your descriptions. Here are three tips taken from Monica Wood”s book Description to help you inject more life into your stories. Read more

Find Out if You’re a Good Writer

Here is tip #3 of 4 in Raymond Obstfeld’s “4 Tips to Find Out if You’re a Good Writer” in the latest issue of Start Writing Now. Read more

What”s Your Theme?

What is your story really about? Read more

Change Your Point of View

Writing in a specific point of view enables you to convey all the impressions and information you desire. Here are two exerices excerpted from Mastering Point of View. Read more

Bringing Up the Rear

Keep your audience reading by closing paragraphs and chapters with dramatic crescendos. Read more

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. Read more

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 are a few of his tips for helping you find your own style through tone and voice. Read more

Four Tips for Improving Your Story’s Descriptive Language

A writer’s ability to describe his or her story’s surroundings, to make their settings and characters spring alive in the mind of the reader, is critical to the success of any piece of fiction. Here are four tips from Monica Wood, author of Description to help you squeeze the right amount of flavor from your language. Read more

What Christine Byl can’t not do

Is writing something you can’t NOT do? If so, you’re on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl Read more

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