6 Killer Writing Tips

December 18, 2008

If you write for a living, or you need to write as part of your job, you probably know what it’s like to feel isolated as you work. But there are some great writing communities online and hundreds of generous writers are happy to share their writing tips.

Whether you’re a freelance writer, a novelist, or you write to promote your business, you’re sure to pick up something useful among these 6 killer writing tips.

Kill Adjectives - The Right Way

Knowing when to kill adjectives from my writing has been something I’ve struggled with for a long time. Editing what you’ve written and wiping the little suckers out is easy enough. But when are you supposed to leave them in?

I asked Joanna Young the question and she gave me a great explanation on when to slay and when to spare adjectives. No matter what type of writing you do, if the adjectives thing confuses you too, you need to check out what Joanna has to say in: When Adjectives Are Necessary.

Create A Killer Character

Writing about the villain in a story can be tough. I struggled with it earlier this year. My villain was just too bad to be believable. In the real world, he’d never have got away with killing one person, never mind several. He was so mean that he’d be the number one suspect right away.

If you’re struggling with this type of writing too, Melissa Donovan shares some great tips in: How To Write A Complex Villain

Tell A Killer Business Story

Telling a story is a powerful way for your business to get your message across. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out Brad Shorr’s 5 Simple Storytelling Techniques and create a killer story for your business.

Become A Killer Freelance Writer

Want to get started in freelance writing but not sure where to start? Amy Derby shares some killer advice for freelance writers, in: Write What You Know And Sell It.

Killer Sales Tips For Freelance Writers

If you want to become a killer freelance writer, you’ve got to learn how to close the sale. John Hewitt shows you how to do this, in a few easy steps in: Successful Freelance Writers Know How To Close The Sale.

And if you’re looking for killer freelance writing jobs, you need to bookmark John’s Writing Jobs and Links page, which is updated regularly.

A Killer Way To Promote Your Book

Some writers do book tours to promote new books. But this can be costly and time consuming. Lillie Amman shares a killer way to promote your book - a blog book tour. She recently did a blog book tour to promote her new novel, Dream or Destiny and she shares how she did it, in a series, beginning with: Blog Book Tour Part 1 - What Is It?

Did you find these writing tips useful? Do you have any killer writing tips of your own to share?

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What Is Your Responsibility As A Writer?

August 28, 2008

I’ve been giving my responsibility as a writer a bit of thought. A couple of days ago, someone told me that one of my articles and the discussion that followed it, had helped them make an important personal decision.

And that’s great, if it was the right decision. But what if it wasn’t? I would hate to think I’d written something that could potentially harm another person.

The other day, I was reading a comment thread on writing. And someone pointed out that many bloggers don’t have any actually experience in what they’re writing about. They just rehash what others have said and add their own twist. The general consensus was that it’s ok to do that. After all, that’s what a lot of writers do. But is it really ok?

On this blog, I write about business and life, because I want to help folk start a business that fits with the lifestyle they want to lead. That’s important, because we don’t all want the same things. But I would hate to be doing this if I had no business experience at all.

Trouble is - my experiences and opinions differ from the next person’s. What works for me, might not work for you. Also, none of us have all the answers - we’re all on a journey together, helping each other along. And thinking about this has really made me question what I write.

What do you think? Do you worry that you’ll write something that could potentially harm someone? Are there some things we should avoid writing about altogether, if we haven’t experienced them ourselves?

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August 25, 2008

A huge number of freelance writers visit this website. In fact, the most visited article, over the last few months was 43 Amazing Resources For Writers.

It’s a useful resource but one reader did mention that although they like it, it’s slightly biased towards fiction writers. I can understand why he might feel like that. And I don’t know how other non-fiction writers feel but I’ve always found that creative fiction exercises and tools can improve your non-fiction writing too.

Plus, it’s nice to explore writing in many different genres. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time writing fiction and non-fiction. And over the last few years, I’ve also spent a lot of time writing marketing letters. In fact, for a long time, I just didn’t have the time to write anything else. But, even something as dull as marketing letters can be fun to write, if you expand your mind with some fiction exercises.

As well as expanding your creativity, fiction exercises can also help you to come up with solutions to real life problems. And if someone’s pissed you off, you can have a whole heap of fun writing them into not so pleasant situations.

Don’t underestimate the pleasure you can derive from leaving your jerk boss dangling from a suspension bridge for 45 minutes. And if your ex is a self centred, cheating prick, consider the smile it will bring to your face when a trailer full of manure falls onto his brand new porsche, right after he’s caught his girlfriend in bed with his female boss.

And if you’re skint - which is probably often, if you’re a writer - you can write meaningful poetry and stories to give to your relatives for birthday presents. It doesn’t matter what genre you write in.

Fair enough, if you like writing Westerns, your mother in law might not love the idea of being told to: “Save part of yore breath for breathin’.” But it’s the thought that counts. And when you’re rich and famous, she can always sell it.

What kind of writing do you enjoy? Have you ever explored other genres? Do you have any favorite creativity tools or exercises that you like to use?

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