Your First Book

If you’re a new writer, there’s something you need to know. Your first draft will almost certainly be worse than any other drafts you create. Share This:

Your First Draft

There are many routes to getting a finished first draft. What’s important to understand is that your first draft is almost never your final draft. Share This:

Declutter Your Writing

There’s a current vogue about tidying up and decluttering one’s home or life. But sometimes, writers also need to do some decluttering to make reading easier on their audience. Share This:

A couple (of) …

This is a brief post on using the word “of” after the word “couple. Here’s an example from a web page called “How to Speak With a Convincing New Jersey Accent”. The second paragraph starts this way: A couple things you need to know before you get started: Notice that there’s no “of” after couple.

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Those Darn Writing Rules

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

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Hook Your Reader

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. Share This:

Style Sheets

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. Share This:

Combine skill with passion

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

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