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Basic Rules for Writers

Are there simple basic rules for all writers? I’ve been asked that question many times. There are books written to help writers write. Some are very good. The Chicago Manual of Style and A Handbook for Scholars are invaluable resources. … Continue reading

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Speaking Tips for Writers

Make your introduction brief. Like less than 30 seconds. If someone introduces you, skip the introduction completely, because you were just introduced. There’s nothing that stalls a presentation or performance more than a two or three minute monologue before getting … Continue reading

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Writing Nonfiction

Eight preparatory steps necessary to successfully write a nonfiction book. Choose your topic. The first thing you want to do as you prepare to write a nonfiction book is choose a topic for your project carefully. This may seem like … Continue reading

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“To Be” or not “To Be”

How to Eliminate “To Be” Verbs Identify−Students need to memorize the “to be” verbs to avoid using them and to revise those that they have used in essays: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. Teach students to self-edit by circling … Continue reading

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Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Completing Your First Draft

Follow these stages of preparation and production to assemble a first draft of written (or spoken) content. Identify Your Purpose What is the reason for writing the content? Are you objectively presenting information? If so, is it for educational purposes, … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Short Story Success

(From the Web Editor) 1. The main character should FACE a problem/challenge and not BE the problem. Having a main character who is deeply flawed and whom you will “fix” though the story plot does not work for young people. … Continue reading

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