How Can You Become A Better Writer?

Word Count: 538 Summary: I have been writing professionally for more than two decades and teaching writing nearly that long. Every conference, every writing staff, and every class has always included some writer who asks: “How Can I Become A Better Writer?” They don’t usually like my answer. “Practice writing every day and read to study the writing of others every day.” They don’t like the answer for one of two reasons usually. Some people are looking for some quick fix, magic formula that will… Keywords: write, writing, publish, edit, profit, market, advice, help, tip, article, improve, skill, book Article Body: I have been writing professionally for more than two decades and teaching writing nearly that long. Every conference, every …

How To Become A More Persuasive Writer

Word Count: 389 Summary: If you want to learn how to write so that people will not only read what you write…but also be compelled to take action based on your words, then take these steps. You need to identify persuasive writings and examine the writing style. Think of the last time you read something which made you take action. It can be a simple headline for an ad which caught your attention or an inspiring story in the local paper. When you identify the persuasive writings, you can can the… Keywords: copywriting,persuasive writing,writing tips,help writing Article Body: If you want to learn how to write so that people will not only read what you write…but also be compelled to …

How New Authors Can Keep Their Manuscripts Coherent

In large publishing houses, many manuscripts penned by first-time authors, never make it past the “first reader” who for all practical purposes is a gatekeeper of sorts. This person’s job is to weed out manuscripts that do not fit certain established submission criteria. However, many never make it to the editor’s desk, simply because they are badly disorganized and downright incoherent. But even if you are self-publishing, you owe it to yourself as well as your readers to develop a theme. Not only will a theme tell what your book is about, it also serves to hold your book together. Every other element — your chapters, for example — should support your theme. It is what keeps you from rambling …

How Is Learning Chinese Writing Different From Learning A Western Language?

In the modern Chinese writing system, each character is a form of its own, representing a particular sound and at least one meaning. In other words, each Chinese symbol is a unity of form, sound and meaning. To learn Chinese writing, you need to know each Chinese symbol or character individually. You will need a vocabulary of at least 3,000 characters to understand 90% of what you read. A vocabulary of 4-5,000 characters allows you to understand almost everything written in Chinese in the modern context. Although there are more than 60,000 characters listed in the largest Chinese dictionaries most of them are ancient symbols and no longer in use. Only a very small proportion of Chinese characters- some 300, …

Article Marketing: Breaking Free

Word Count: 752 Summary: Article marketing is best achieved by following certain “tried and true” practices. Matt shares with you some of the secrets of his success and invites you to get started on your next writing project today! Keywords: article writing, article marketing, article submission, article directory, article site, writing, editing, publishing, writer, editor, publisher, web content, resource box Article Body: As a prolific article writer I have been asked by some how I am able to generate so many quality articles in such a short period of time. Frankly, it isn’t always easy, but there are some things I would like to share with you in order that you may, perhaps, increase your production as I have. Increased …

How To Speed Read, Read Faster, Read Better

One of the most highly regarded manuscripts dedicated to teaching speed reading is now available as an e-Book Let’s face it, the ability to read faster, and still comprehend what you’re reading, is an essential skill in today’s fast moving environment. We must read extensively if we want to be successful in our studies, or careers. There’s no doubt, learning to speed read is probably the most valuable and time saving skill you can acquire. Frankly, under today’s information pressures you must read faster and read better if you are to get ahead at all. Of course, some people will say you can do fine without knowing how to speed read. WRONG! Young men and women trained in Modern Speed …

How To Write Lightening Fast Ebooks

The quickest way the write you own eBooks is by using the expert interview process. What I mean by this is, approaching some experts in the field your writing the book on and asking them to agree to do an interview. If you approach these experts correctly, they will provide you with expert responses to all your questions. You will find these experts by checking search engines or related niche forums. The easiest way to contact these experts, is by email with a list of questions. Before you submit questions or contact your expert, do your research on him/her. You need to approach these experts correctly therefore you need to consider the following points. Keep your questions short and too …

9 Tips for Better Copywriting

Avoid the wimpy verbs—is and be. These “do-little” verbs only occupy space and state that something exists. So don’t write, “There is one simple omission that can transform a sentence from boring to brilliant.” Do write, “One simple omission can transform a sentence from boring to brilliant.” Similarly, avoid, “We will be running the new program from our Dallas office.” Instead, opt for “We will run the new program from our Dallas office.” Place the longest item at the end of a series. Start with the simple and work toward the complex. It’s less confusing and makes a more memorable ending to the sentence. If you have a series like “He was always later that Joan, loud and boring.” Opt …

8 Tips To Become An Expert Proofreader

Many people are under the assumption that proofreading is an “innate” ability. The reality is that it is actually an acquired skill. By following these tips, you can transform yourself into the expert proofreader you’ve always dreamed of becoming! 1. You are the best judge of yourself. By this I mean that you can determine exactly what your most common mistakes are. Whether it’s placing the “e” before the “I,” or simply forgetting the semi-colon; once you familiarize yourself with your most common mistakes, proofreading will become much easier. 2. Remember, proofreading is not about misspelled words only; most likely those are caught by the application you are using like MS Word spell checker. You must look for incorrect sentence …

6 Tips For Your First Jab At Creative Writing

The world of creative writing is an ever expanding one as stories or genres continue to evolve in a natural reaction to the changes in time. Having confirmed writing skills, however, is not enough to succeed in creative writing. Having passion for it is more important than having technical expertise. Love for creative writing, and not adherence to the grammatical elements, is what will ultimately guide you to doing things properly and successfully. 6 Tips for Your First Jab at Creative Writing Don’t Stop Reading – It’s impossible to become a writer, much less a creative writer, without being a reader first. Discovering your love for writing shouldn’t stop you from further devouring reading materials but should instead encourage you …

10 Tips for Effective Proofreading

Proofreading may not be terribly fun, but it’s one of the most important parts of writing. Have you ever read a web page or a document that had typos, grammatical errors, and punctuation mistakes? This reflects badly on you and your business, and you could easily lose a customer over a simple spelling mistake! Here are some tips for quick and effective proofreading: 1. Wait several hours before proofreading. Otherwise you might be thinking about what you just wrote, rather than watching for typos and punctuation errors. 2. Eliminate distractions. This is very detailed work so you need to be focused. 3. Print out a copy of your work, rather than reading it on a computer screen. To make it …

Article Marketing Success And Sheep Do Not Mix

I like article marketing and find it an enjoyable and profitable way of promoting my websites. I never plan articles, the ideas just come out of the blue from something I have seen or heard. Once I start writing the words just flow, but before I write an article there are two things that I consider. 1. Why am I writing the article? 2. Would it be of any use to webmasters for their sites or for newsletter publishers? It does not take rocket science to figure that I and every other article marketer am using articles to benefit our own promotions, but they will be of little benefit to us if we do not produce quality articles that others …

Be a Well Paid Writer, Starting Today

Word Count: 1193 Summary: Imagine writing a few words, several times a day, and waiting for checks for $10, $50, two hundred dollars or more to pop through your letterbox some time soon. That’s what life is like for writers of short manuscripts, commonly called ‘fillers’, who can make this a full time writing career or a wonderfully profitable hobby. Keywords: writing, freelance writer, writer, write articles, published writer Article Body: Imagine writing a few words, several times a day, and waiting for checks for $10, $50, two hundred dollars or more to pop through your letterbox some time soon. That’s what life is like for writers of short manuscripts, commonly called ‘fillers’, who can make this a full time …

Are these the worst articles ever?

Word Count: 1027 Summary: Write for people, not for machines! Keywords: Articles, Writing, Article Body: Articles. We love them. Content-rich and drive visitors to our website. Inward links across the internet. Search engines count the keywords and count the links. We get a higher page rank. We come higher in search engines. Our Adsense goes up. However, having read a few of them, I have to say I have not read so much crap in my life. Anyone who puts this on their website via an RSS feed or by copying the article wholesale is really being stupid. Very few of these “articles” are anything more than keyword-optimized web pages designed to pull in search engines, or outright adverts. Excuse …