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5 Traits of Top Writers

What are the traits of top writers? What makes good writers good – how and why do they rise to the top? The following traits are only one piece of the puzzle — but they’re an important piece. “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Anne Lamott — a top writer — in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions […]

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Examples of Good Writing From Published Writers

These examples of good writing are from a collection of essays from professional writers. The best way to improve your writing skills is to learn how published writers write is to study good writing. Good writers are “particular.” That is, they have a unique way of expressing themselves that goes beyond drawing readers in. They keep readers hooked, and make them beg for […]

Examples of Good Writing From Published Writers

You Want to Be a Writer? How to Get Started

The first step is to say “I want to be a writer” out loud. The second step is to move forward with these tips for starting a writing career. Don’t limit yourself to reading blogs and websites about writing. Read books such as If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. Dig into as many […]

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5 Signs of Bad Writing You Should Never Ignore

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

How the Law of Attraction Can Help You Become a Better Writer

Can visualization and vision boards help writers get published? Yes, say some successful writers. Here’s how writing and the law of attraction can make you a better writer. Here’s what one the teachers in The Secret says: “The law of attraction is really obedient. When you think of the things that you want, and you focus on them with all of your intention, […]

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

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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How to Tell if Your Writing is Improving

How can you tell if your writing is improving? Sometimes you’re so enmeshed in your writing, you can’t tell if you’ve improved, gotten worse, or are treading water! So, here’s a list of qualities of excellent writing, to help you measure your progress. For excellent writing advice, read A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy […]

How to Tell if Your Writing is Improving