When you have clear writing objectives, you’ll never leave your readers guessing about your message.
There are four pillars of good writing, as shown in the graphic above. But there’s one more. Your work needs to be interesting, exciting, or somehow gets and keeps a reader’s attention.
The paragraph is a basic building block of writing, for both fiction and non-fiction. Paragraphs are the vehicles that writers use to put together a story-line or provide chunks of information.
You’ve heard the “rules”: 1) Start sentences with capital letters. 2) Never start a sentence with a conjunction. 3) End sentences with a period, question mark, or exclamation point. 4) Never end a sentence with a preposition, etc. But some of these rules aren’t actual writing rules? For some reason, someone made up several of these. Following are some “rules” you can skip.
A hook is a grabber or attention-getter that cause a reader to stay with your writing instead of doing something else. It’s compelling enough that your work will take over a reader’s time.
Grammar and punctuation are essential tools for writers. They’re an integral part of a writer’s skill set. They require attention from new writers and familiarity from experienced writers.
If you’re new to writing, and don’t know about or use style sheets, it’s time you learned. They’re really helpful as you write or edit.
Are you able to write eight hours a day and do research for another two hours, write a blog post, still get to the kids’ after-school activities, work in the garden, have dinner with your family, and get six to eight hours of sleep? If not, here are some thoughts on time management for writers.
Editors put a lot of pressure on writers to get it right. They instruct on grammar and choosing the right words. They point out what doesn’t work and what might work better, and they share what writers should do to create a book that the author will be proud of. But is that all there is?
Why would an editor turn down an editing project? Obviously, there’s the excitement of a new project, income, and a new client that the editor might work with for several other projects. But many editors have another motivation: to work with a writer to make a manuscript the best it can be, and to make the writer the best that he or she can be.