Helpful Links For Aspiring Authors:
The Basics of Punctuation: A primer for those authors whose punctuation skills need improvement. A poorly spelled and punctuated piece, no matter how brilliant in concept, usually meets its doom in the form of a stack of rejection letters.
Expert Writing Tips: A list of tips to help improve one's authoring skills. They are based on techniques advocated by English textbooks, creative writing books, composition books, and various published authors and other experts in the field of writing.
On Writing: Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid.
On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary : The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction: On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: A complete course in the art of writing and an essential reference for any working or would-be writer of any kind. Step-by-step it shows how to come up with ideas, get past writer's block, create an irresistible opening, develop an effective style, choose powerful words and master grammar, rewrite, and much, much more.
Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works With Words: A must for any author! If you want to make your writing clear and concise, you will find it hard to beat this book as a desk reference. It is well organized, easy to use, and concise. The book is itself a great example of good writing.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles: Offers advice to aspiring journalists on how to write effective feature articles, and explains how to sell the articles to newspapers, magazines, and trade publications.
Writing Articles from the Heart: How to Write & Sell Your Life Experiences: Holmes, who has sold hundreds of her writings to publications such as Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal, offers advice on getting essays and sketches, humorous stories, personal experiences, advice, inspirational tales, and other "articles from the heart" onto the page and ready to be published--written in a way that pleases the reader as well as the writer.
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