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The 31 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

The 31 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Whether you're a published author or just getting started with blogging, it's not always easy to string words together in a way that makes sense. Help is on the way!


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Bibi Touré's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:28 PM

TRÈS UTILE 

Penelope's curator insight, February 10, 2016 12:57 PM

 

Thirty one different ways to improve our writing should give us at least one or two new options that we can pull out to get started, get moving, and get finished!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/improving-writing-skills-tools

Luke Padilla's curator insight, April 4, 2016 1:47 PM

31 tools you can use to improve your writing. Several new to you I'm sure.

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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything else...


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Penelope's curator insight, March 14, 2014 1:42 PM

 

Do you write stories and become lost meandering down an aimless path to nowhere? If you are lost, so is your reader. All of us have been there, done that. The secret is to figure out how to jump back on the great story path--so our readers want more!

 

This writer suggests we must first begin our story not by plotting, or furiously writing by the seat of our pants--but by knowing our protagonist all the way to his/her inner core.

 

From the article: "The protagonist’s internal misbelief must already exist before the plot kicks into action. Every protagonist must enter already wanting something very badly, and with an inner issue – fear, fatal flaw, wound, misbelief – that keeps her from getting it. You must know these before you start to write because they define what the story will be about."

 

 “The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and to know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Proust

 

Think about that for a minute. Feel it. Story is about an inner change.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/10/10/story-first-writing-second-especially-come-november/

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Everyone has a story!

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How to Be a Writer: 210 Tips - Writing Rightly

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Do you wonder how to be a writer? These 201 tips will help you become the writer you were born to be.

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Penelope's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:25 PM

 

Let's start the new year out right, shall we?

 

For your reading and writing pleasure: A treasure trove of 201 tips for even the most seasoned of writers that should trigger fingers to begin flying across keyboards.

 

Write for yourself; write for others. Whichever it is, just write!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article:  http://writetodone.com/how-to-be-a-writer/

 

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell-Don't Show-and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

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Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:17 AM

 

This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2017 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 2017 1:48 PM
The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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Five Steps to Crafting A Great First Sentence

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The infamous first sentence. It can't be too long, it can't be too short. It has to have a deep meaning, it needs to hook the reader. You MUST make it interesting.


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Penelope's curator insight, July 24, 2014 8:21 PM

 

Every piece of writing, whether short or long, must begin with a first sentence. We could argue the day away on what should make up the components of said sentence.

 

One thing we know for sure. It should draw in the reader, and evoke emotion enough to keep them reading.

 

Jordan's article gives us five food-for-thought steps to craft our first sentence. Her first recommendation is to use your imagination. What is the story about? This is your first chance to make a good impression. Don't blow it. Read on for four more excellent suggestions.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://jewelsfromjordan.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/five-steps-to-crafting-a-great-first-sentence/

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6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing | Positive Writer

6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing | Positive Writer | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
You can tighten up your writing without losing your voice or compromising your writing style.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:37 PM

 

The more you write, proofread and edit, the more adept you become at spotting bulging and unnecessary word fat. Six quick tricks is a fast read to help you do just that. Which one of the six do you need to work on?

 

My favorite was #3, simply because I love the word "circumlocution." Has quite a ring to it. It means: don't be too wordy. Don't use two words when one will do. Three instead of four. Pick the best adjective out of two.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/tighten-your-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PositiveWriter+%28Positive+Writer%29

 

Paige durand's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:42 PM

This is a really useful article since it gives 6 ways to clean up your writing. I like how it almost forces you to do everything you've been doing wrong and through it away. Like myself i have a problem of using words repetitively and my work sometimes sounds out of order. this article tells you how to fix that in the simplest of ways.

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I agree!
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Break Out of that Writing Rut! Tell--Don't Show and Write More of What You Love - PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut! Tell--Don't Show and Write More of What You Love - PHILOSBOOKS | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:17 AM

 

This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2017 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 2017 1:48 PM
The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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The Secrets of How to Write Short | TIME.com

The Secrets of How to Write Short | TIME.com | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

"America's writing coach" explains how to artfully write a tweet, epitaph or ransom note."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:41 PM

 

Brevity is beautiful.

 

Short is the new hot.

 

Polish your prose.

 

Land your keyword at the end.

 

Read on for the secrets.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/14/the-secrets-of-how-to-write-short/