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Ten Quick Tips for Inexperienced Writers


One of the biggest problems that inexperienced writers have is simply knowing how to get started. If you've unsure of your writing skills, then here are some quick tips to help you get started.

10 Tips on Writing Effective Dialogue


1. Become an EavesdropperListen carefully to the way people REALLY talk.

How To Filter Description Through Your Characters


How do you describe a scene without slowing down the pace of your novel? What do you include? What do you leave out? Here's a neat trick: use your own experiences as a guide.When we encounter a new setting or new experience, all our senses are on the alert.

10 Ways to Shatter Writers Block


1. Use Logic: Check for External PressuresAre you under physical or emotional stress? Is your diet lacking? Do you need more sleep, or more restful sleep? Would a visit to the doctor be in order before you start beating yourself up about your inability to concentrate?2.

Conflict - How To Keep Your Readers Turning Pages


Some writers are just too kind.They hate to put their characters under any kind of pressure.

5 Ways to Break the Story Spell


You sink back into your favourite chair with a new book in your hand. With a barely perceptible sigh of anticipation, you turn to the first page.

The Many Paths to Plotting


For several years before I left teaching to write full time (over a decade ago now), I was a specialist reading teacher. I dealt mainly with two categories of kids: those who were struggling to read at all (I had to turn them into readers) andthose who could read, but did it slowly and reluctantly (I had to build their enthusiasm and level of expertise)Before I became a specialist in this subject, I had been a classroom teacher for some time.

How To Avoid Viewpoint Slips


Sit back, and imagine what it feels like to be you. Now that shouldn't be too hard - you've lived in your own skin for a long time.

The Magic of Layout in Your Story


"The Magic of Layout..

Writing Technique: The Restaurant Syndrome


Picture this scene.Your hero is sitting in a bar.

Plotting Problems - Episodic Writing


The rejection letter says: "Your story, on the surface, appears to be well-told and has appealing characters. However, the writing is episodic; the story lacks direction.

Learn to Talk on Paper: The Art of Effective Business Writing


Rudolf Flesch, a specialist in writing skills, ran classes for over thirty years for civil servants, lawyers, bankers and the like, on writing business correspondence. Two tips he stressed over and over again in his classes.

Top Ten Tips (Part 1)


The following rules are essential if you want people to take you seriously.Be yourself Know your subject Be interested Punctuate proudly Respect the apostrophe Get great grammar Spell well Keep to the point Read and revise Sleep on it Pay attention to detailBe yourselfWrite from the heart or the head or the gut, depending upon the type of writing you are doing.

Top Ten Tips (Part 2)


Golden Rules For New Writers - Things you need to know before you begin.Rules govern everything we do in life; even if those rules are of the unwritten kind we abide by them and expect other people to do the same.

In Your Own Words


More Tips For New Writers (Part I)Explain in your own wordsFamiliar phrase? Yes, we have all heard it many times in many different situations. This little phrase is used to convey subtly different meanings depending upon the circumstances in which it is used.

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