Mechanics of Good Writing


How to End an Article With a Pow – Not a Fizzle

Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession. […]

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How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention

When you’re writing for readers easily distracted by the common ground squirrel, you need to know how to write powerful words that grab – and keep – their attention. Your readers’ attention, that is. Not the squirrel’s. I’ve recently been mesmerized by The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Power Words by Scott Snair, PhD. Almost every page of my copy is […]


Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

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

How to Deal With Writing Distractions

How to Deal With Writing Distractions

These tips for dealing with distractions as a writer are inspired by a parable about James Joyce, and will help you develop the productivity of a writer like Stephen King. Learning how to deal with writing distractions isn’t just about turning off the internet or writing in pomodoros. In Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and […]


7 Writing Strategies for Beginners

These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies for beginning writers: if your […]

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How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Becky Levine shares tips […]


The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never outline their work. Gary Horsman […]

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5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays

I never outline my magazine articles, book ideas, or essays, so when I found this article on the reasons writers should not outline their work, I was thrilled! Here’s what Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant says: “When I was a sullen high school student, many of my teachers demanded that we submit outlines with every essay. We fooled most of them […]