Help for Writers

Tips for Fiction Writers: How to Hook a Reader

 

What’s the hardest part of mastering effective writing? Learning how to hook your reader.

If you want readers to pay attention to what you have to say, you have to snag […]

How Working with an Editor Can Help You Find Your Voice

If you’ve never worked with an editor before, it can be a daunting experience. What if they don’t understand what it is you want to say? What if they change […]

Making Your Writing Sound Like You: Three Tips for Finding Your Voice

Many aspiring writers struggle with finding their writerly voice. That is to say, they find it challenging to write in a way that reflects who they are.

As Cris Freese at […]

Five Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing

English grammar is notoriously difficult, but writing is a crucial skill in the workplace. While an in depth study of grammar and writing conventions would certainly help anyone become a […]

Show, Don’t Tell

“Show and tell” probably conjures up fond memories of kindergarten fun (even if the exercise was a sneaky way to teach you public speaking skills). The two words have been […]

Semicolons and How to Use Them

Semicolons are the horn-rimmed glasses of grammar: they’re just obscure enough to seem elite, but popular enough that they’re often misused. And, as with horn-rimmed glasses, the correct or incorrect […]

POD, Vanity Press, or Traditional Publishing: What’s the Difference? 

With the explosion of digital publishing technology, there are more ways than ever to get your manuscript off your computer and into the public. However, the printed codex is still […]

Ten Famous Books Rejected By Publishers

Getting a book published isn’t easy. Even many famous and bestselling novels have faced rejection—some over and over—before finally getting the recognition that, with hindsight, we can say they deserved. […]

A Draft Is Not a Book

 

Unless you’re Allen Ginsberg, “first thought best thought.” While the famous beat poet had a knack for improvisational writing, he is the exception. Whether you consider writing “the […]

When Is a Memoir Worth Writing?

Whether the storyteller was your Uncle Norm, your next-door neighbor, or just some insufferable hotshot kid who went to Mexico for spring break and came back thinking he’s the next […]

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