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How to Easily Write Faster Every Day, 15 Ways

How to Easily Write Faster Every Day, 15 Ways | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Does blogging take more time than you expected? 15 ways to write faster every day for free or for the cost of an egg timer.

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Penelope's curator insight, January 24, 12:32 PM
Infographics are so fun and I love how quickly you can grab a visual vs. slogging through a post. Great tips here to improve your writing speed and get more done!

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195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing

195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Good writing is about well-chosen nouns and powerful verbs, not adjectives and adverbs. What constitutes a tired verb? Here’s what to look for:

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Penelope's curator insight, May 31, 2017 11:50 AM
Dynamic tips to metamorphose your writing from meh to meow! 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 2017 12:03 PM
When I wrote and re-wrote my rubrics, I used verbs to create an action for students. It was also a great grammar lesson when we went over the rubrics. Verbs and action drive good writing.
Agi Anderson's curator insight, June 15, 2017 6:16 AM
Worthy read about the Power of verbs!
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The 31 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

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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!

 

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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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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:07 PM

 

If you want to be a full-time author or blogger, always strive to perfect your craft. There's always room for improvement.

 

This article is full of those numbered lists we love so much. Read, pick a number, implement, and give your writing an instant facelift!

 

Forget the fillers! Dump wimpy words! Trim the flab! are a few.

 

What's your favorite?

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://boostblogtraffic.com/editing-tips/

donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:00 AM

(From the article): Fortunately, editing isn’t rocket science. If you have someone to show you how.

 

So let’s break down the rules that’ll help you transform your unremarkable draft into a perfectly polished post.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 16, 2014 6:02 PM

Very useful secrets !

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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.

Penelope's comment, February 5, 2014 8:43 PM
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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Scribophile - Writing Rightly

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"He Said, She Said: Dialog Tags and Using Them Effectively."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 30, 2013 6:01 PM

 

Dialogue can trip up even the most seasoned of writers. You can read about it all day long, but until you're actually writing and needing to use dialogue tags (or speech tags), you'll probably skip over this stuff.

 

Think of these tags as signposts, pointing to who is actually doing the talking. Each tag contains at least one noun or pronoun. (said, asked, whispered, remarked).

 

Susannah said

the clerk asked

she said and took off her coat

he said, looking sad

 

As I am writing my current novel, I sail merrily along, adding in some dialogue tags with ease, and getting myself mired in the mud at others.

 

Do I use he said or she said? Where does that comma go? Should I use a more expressive tag?

 

One thing to keep in mind: the "he/she said," or "he/she asked" will disappear in the reader's mind, while adding in an expressive tag will make it stick out like a sore thumb.

 

Read on if you, too, need a college lesson in drumming up the proper speech tag.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.scribophile.com/academy/he-said-she-said-dialog-tags-and-using-them-effectively

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:44 PM

Tis is how dialog tags should be used.

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3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer

3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
When writers apply visual thinking to their writing magic happens. This tutorial teaches you how to make your content clearer, vivid, and more persuasive.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 17, 2017 10:07 PM
I love these creative writing tips from Henneke. She not only gives us brilliant advice, but she draws some mighty cute cartoons. An excellent read.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 18, 2017 12:55 AM

Useful writing tips.

Hairwitsindia's comment, August 18, 2017 5:04 AM
Yes
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6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

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“ Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980.”

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Penelope's curator insight, August 16, 2016 12:44 PM
Alfred Hitchcock had the scream theme down pat. These tips, however, could apply to any writing genre to give it a new heartbeat. Great ideas!

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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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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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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 14, 2014 6:19 PM

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Everyone has a story!

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 15, 2014 8:46 PM

Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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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/

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, January 8, 2014 3:16 PM

A good New Year resolution, to write properly follow Penelope tips.

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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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The Secrets of How to Write Short | TIME.com

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"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/