Grammar Tips

Essay Writing Tips – How to Write College Essays and Term Papers

Knowing how to write college essays and term papers can make the difference between passing and failing a college course! These essay writing tips sprout from years of writing practice, and they’re kicked off by a publication coach.

Before the tips, a quip:

“A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.” ~ Virginia Woolf.

Drawing a curtain ‘round you and your readers takes years of writing practice, so don’t feel overwhelmed at the thought! Woolf was a brilliant writer. The rest of us can only hope to write essays that bring up our course grades (or make a living as a writer 🙂 ). If you’re a college student who struggles with writing, you’ll find How to Write Better Essays helpful.

And, here are five ways to write better essays…Read More »Essay Writing Tips – How to Write College Essays and Term Papers

6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers

To improve your writing, you need to edit yourself mercilessly. These six editing tips are from copywriters, editors, and freelance writers; they’ll help you clean up your articles and chapters, and increase the chances of selling your work to an editor or publisher.

Before the tips, a quip:

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.” ~ C. J. Cherryh.

Fellow scribes, don’t let your fears of writing or rejection stop you from writing that first draft! Rest in the knowledge that almost any piece of writing — no matter how limp or soggy — can be improved with a few simple editing tips. For more editing advice, read Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy (pictured). And, check out these six tips from experienced copywriters, editors, and freelance writers…Read More »6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers

5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

Want to improve your writing? Avoid these five over-used words and phrases! These writing tips are from a successful writer who isn’t just my regular guest blogger – she’s a recent Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner. I’ve learned a lot from freelancer Susan Johnston – such as how to increase my blog readership, earn more money writing, and write great conclusions.

“Too often, writers rely on clichés or tired, over-used words instead of coming up with an original way to stay what they mean,” says Johnston. “Sure, most readers understand these phrases with little or no explanation, so it’s an easy way to get a point across. Sometimes it’s acceptable to use these words or phrases if the alternative would be too long-winded (or if you’re satirizing something). But too many worn-out words can sound stale and unoriginal. It’s a lazy shortcut, really.”

Here, she shares several over-used words and phrases for writers to avoid. For more ways to improve your writing, click on How to Avoid English Teachers’ Pet Peeves: Improve Your Writing by Eliminating Common Errors by Cheryl Miller Thurston. And, read on for Johnston’s writing tips…Read More »5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

Common Writing Mistakes – Plus Tips for Strong Writing

What are your most common writing mistakes? The more quickly you recognize them, the faster and better you’ll write! Here are several mistakes that experienced freelance writers, novelists, and writing instructors often make — plus several tips for strong writing. 

Before the writing tips, a quip from Socrates:

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” 

Basically, he’s saying that to be a successful writer you need to learn from other writers’ mistakes and stop making the same old writing mistakes. These tips for strong writing will help — and for more grammar tips, read Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.Read More »Common Writing Mistakes – Plus Tips for Strong Writing

Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better

Published author and successful writer William Meikle offers five ways to improve your writing skills, articles, and books. Becoming a successful writer is a process, so buckle up and enjoy the journey, fellow scribes!

Before the tips, a quip:

“As a writer, it’s all too easy to concentrate on the mechanics of submitting work to editors and to forget that the writing itself is of primary importance,” says Meikle. “We should all be constantly seeking to improve. If we do that, editorial approval will become that much easier.”

To that end, here are five things you can start doing today that will immediately improve your writing – and with it your chances of getting published. For more detailed info on becoming a better writer, click on Improve Your Writing
by Ron Fry.Read More »Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better