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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.

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

Getting To “The End”

Getting To “The End” Read more

10 Tabloid Tips To Better Writing

Sure, tabloids are a fun read. But this Read more

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 relatives (from the 1600s), gratitude (in use by 1450) and tiny (from the 1500s) are from succeeding generations. A long-time editor gives more advice for word Read more

Five Tips for Improving Story Endings

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress Read more

Putting Your Internal Editor To Work

Putting Your Internal Editor To Work 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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