The Writer’s 2016 Guide to Better Writing


Don’t just write. Write better! And this list of 20 websites can help.

Source: The Writer’s 2016 Guide to Better Writing

The State of the Author – The Writing Platform

This is an interesting article that might be of interest to anyone considering traditional publishing. The site on which it appears, The Writing Platform, is a free online resource for writers that may be worth checking out.

Below, then, is the beginning of the article. Click on the source link below to read the full article.


I have been asked to talk to the state of the author in traditional publishing but I must say that I do not recognise the dichotomy. The SoA represents about 9,500 authors. They write in vastly different genres and vastly different media: from novelists to textbook writers, from poets to ghost writers, from broadcasters to academics, from illustrators to translators, from spoken word artists to journalists. Some are traditionally published, some are self published, some are hybrids and some don’t publish in any traditional sense. What they have in common is that they are PROFESSIONAL authors.

Source: The State of the Author – The Writing Platform

My 4 Golden Rules of Writing

I just had to reblog this humorous and informative post by author Nicholas C. Rossis! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Nicholas C. Rossis

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now. The main reason is that I keep coming across several writing rules that make little sense to me. Then, I came across a gem of a post by Constance Hale, “When Shakespeare Committed Word Crimes” on TED.

Constance confirmed what I long suspected: when there is tension in a language between what comes naturally and the rules, it’s because someone has tried to shoehorn the language into their idea of conformity.

Does this mean there are no rules? Not at all. It just means that the ones we are taught in workshops and classrooms are not necessarily the ones that matter to actual readers – as opposed to teachers, agents and editors. So, here are my golden rules; the ones no fiction writer should ever break, in my view:

Rule #1: Don’t let your writing get in the way of your story.

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