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How to be a better writer: 6 tips from a master linguist

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

8 resources for finding the perfect word

I once worked with someone who used the word “secure” continually. He would write:<p>• <i>“We need to secure advertisers.”</i> <br>• <i>“Have you secured a printer for</i> …

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8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Writing

What Is Plot?

by Ruthanne ReidHey, you. Do you want readers to love your story? (Who doesn’t, am I right?) Then you need to understand plot.Plot has a specific …

Books

This Infographic Lists 128 Words You Can Use Instead of “Very”

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a …

11 Content Editing Tools for Error-Free Writing

There’s no faster way to get your audience (and the internet in general) to turn on you than to riddle your writing with typos and other errors.<p>You’d …

How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors

<b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great writers, from his famous admonition against the dangers of ego to his short and stellar Nobel Prize acceptance speech. But some of his finest wisdom springs to life in a 1935 <i>Esquire</i> piece …

15 Authors Share Their Best Writing Advice

When authors whose stories have impacted the world start talking, you better start listening! Enjoy the following collection of the best writing …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 23 – The Elements of Style by William Strunk and EB White (1959)

Dorothy Parker once wrote: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of <i>The Elements of Style</i>. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”<p>Many Americans, who believe that …

Literature

5 Tricks Fiction Writers Can Learn From Journalism

From George Orwell to Neil Gaiman, there’s a reason that many journalists have gone on to become successful novelists. Journalists are taught the …

Creative Writing

More Important to Writers than Orgs and Outlines (On Writing)

I listen to a lot of podcasts but few are more consistently good than Longform, a series for serious journalists and non-fiction writers. The most …

Writing

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve been right on course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no-nonsense tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great writers.<p>Now comes Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel laureate <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, …

William Faulkner on Writing, the Purpose of Art, Working in a Brothel, and the Meaning of Life

When <i>The Paris Review</i> launched in 1953, it revolutionized the art of the interview. Over the decades that followed, the revered publication offered unprecedented glimpses of literary history’s greatest minds, which yielded such timeless gems as E. B. White on the responsibility of the writer and the …

Creativity

How Writers Can Stop Procrastinating With One Simple Habit

“How writers can stop procrastinating” isn’t just <i>a</i> question of the writing life. Sometimes it’s <i>the</i> question. After all, if you’re not writing, then …

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Writing Prompts

10 writing tips for the most casual of writers up to prestigious authors. These may seem elementary, but building a solid foundation is key to …