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4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

Good writing – like a slab 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 in […]

How to Write a Good Ending to Your Article or Essay

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. […]

7 Best Pieces of Advice From Creative Writing Workshops

Prepare to be inspired, fellow scribes! The Artist’s Way was one of the creative writing workshops; the rest of this best advice comes from a variety of writers’ sessions I attended this year. Last night I attended a talk by Natalie Goldberg at the Vancouver Public Library. She’s the author of Writing Down the Bones. Unfortunately she didn’t share her […]

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 […]

How to Become a Better Writer – an Artistic Perspective

I’m always searching for ways to write better; these tips on how to become a better writer are inspired by a book for new, or busy, or hesitant artists. In Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are, Gregory offers short little exercises for every artist – including writers like me, who […]

10 Creative Ways to Improve Your Writing

These tips on how to improve your writing are creative, which means not boring! I learned how to improve my writing the hard way: writing for Reader’s Digest magazine editors, who are excellent at their job. If you want to improve your writing skills – and you don’t have an editor who will help you improve – get How to Write […]