literary writing techniques


How to Use the Power of Storytelling When You Write

Here, you’ll find five tips on how to tell stories when you write articles, newsletters, reports and other types of writing. Learn how to tap into the creative power of storytelling… “People don’t want more information,” writes Annette Simmons, author of The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling. “They are up to their eyeballs in […]


Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive 2

These writing techniques won’t make your words come alive unless you actually apply them to your writing. That is, you need to edit your work by looking for each technique in your writing. The only way to write better is to rewrite your work. If you’re serious about learning how to write better, read Improve Your Writing Skills: Powerful Techniques for Mastering […]

Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters 4

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… If you really want to bring your characters alive, read Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints. It’ll help you […]

How to Love Your Characters

4 Examples of Sensory Details That Fire Up Your Writing 4

Good writing – like a good bar of rich dark chocolate – activates all your senses: ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and even your taste buds. Here are four concrete, specific examples of how to use your senses and sensory details when you write. “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the senses,” writes Oakley Hall […]

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5 Signs of Bad Writing You Should Never Ignore 7

It’s easy to see problems and mistakes in another writer’s work, but spotting your own “bad writing” (mistakes and weaknesses) is a whole different story. These signs of bad writing will help you improve your written words. If don’t know how to edit your work, read Fix Your Damn Book! How to Painlessly Edit Your Novels & Stories by James Osiris […]

Signs of Bad Writing

51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing 24

Do you want your writing to get noticed – in a good way? Ditch these over-used adverbs, nouns, and cliches when writing articles, stories, and books. If you’re serious about learning the mechanics of writing, check out Mignon Fogarty’s The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl — you’ll learn a new tip for great writing every […]

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