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Updated on September 27, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a published author; books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart, there is no other way.

Tricks of the writing trade...

As writers you have a talent of sharing stories from your heart. The words you express are a gift, that keeps on giving. You strive to reach your reader through your words. You want your audience to feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease.

You want them to keep coming back for more. Which is why there is no place for an over inflated ego in any genre of the written language.

Whether you write books, articles, songs, poems or travel guides, you share what you know with your readers. You want them to walk away from your words knowing that you taught them something they didn't already know.

Wouldn't you rather be writing?
Wouldn't you rather be writing?

Writers have the power to take readers on a journey of a lifetime. Places they've never been. Meet people they've never known. You want them to envision scrumptious meals, happily ever after scenarios, or you take them a vacation they might never be able to afford.

Using your mind, literary skills and with the touch of your finger tips you broaden readers horizons with knowledge. You make them feel emotions that they didn't realize they had. You take them for a ride of their lives.

You give them the opportunity to feast on your words and to never want your story to end. You give them the chance to take mental vacations from their lives and disappear into your imaginative world.

Writers also share their advice and tips with fellow writers whether by reading your work or by you voicing your opinions.

While writers might be overly confident and think that their work is near perfect, chances are they could always use more advice. No one is ever too old to learn something new. Possibly it's something you never thought of, but someone else did.

I asked some writers for their advice to share with you. They were more than happy to oblige. Their advice comes from years of perfecting their craft.

They still appreciate advice themselves, so if you are a writer and have some advice to share, please do so in the comment section below.

Linda Bilyeu

If you aren't able to follow what you are writing, your readers won't be able to follow what they are reading. Be clear, concise and allow your words to flow.

Also titles could make or break an article or book. If I'm in a book store, standing in the grocery checkout line or surfing the web it's the title that always catches my eye.

Make sure your title is google friendly or eye candy before you decide to publish.

Nell Rose

The one thing I have learned after writing for many years is that if you want to earn money from your writing, and not just for fun, is to make sure that you write for your readers and not for yourself.

I, like others, have written stuff about myself or funny stories and poems and of course they don't make the money.

If you are starting out make sure that you write stuff that will be useful to other people.

Alecia Murphy

Don't be afraid to look at different sources of inspiration. I read online a lot as well as listen to music but I also listen to what people say.

You have to be aware that as a writer that what happens in everyday life can give you the most extraordinary ideas.

Julie Hogg

Once you feel you completed an article, even if you're bursting to publish it -don't!

Leave it for a few hours, go away, take a break and then you'll come back to it with fresh eyes and you will edit it, refine it, improve it again.

Then and only then should you publish it. If you can leave it for 24 hours that's even better.

Richard Rumple

I guess my one thought would be "to write with everyone in mind." There are going to be scholars, as well as the uneducated reading what you write.

Don't reduce your potential audience by trying to write in words most won't understand. Save that for the college professors you're trying to get over on.

You'll communicate your thoughts much more clearly by allowing them to create visions of what you seek to project, instead of hindering these visions by forcing them to constantly be interrupted with dictionary visits.

Quotes from famous writers

The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. - J.K. Rowling

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What seperates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. -Stephen King

I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first story had I not been a lawyer. I never dreamed of being a writer. I wrote only after witnessing a trial. -John Grisham

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. -Ernest Hemingway

A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it. - Danielle Steel

Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So think about what you've done in your life and write about it. - Jackie Collins

Deb Neyens

When I come up with a new topic for an article, I take a blank piece of paper and write down the different terms and phrases that come to mind about the topic.

I then go to Google AdWords and plug in those terms to see which generate the most searches. I use that information to firm up what direction I want to go with the article and to make sure I include the most frequently-searched terms in the article.

Dana Strang

When you are editing your work, go through and take out half the words.
You can never actually eliminate half.

The act of trying forces you to get rid of all but the essentials. It makes your work concise and more powerful.

Dasiy Mariposa

My advice would be to learn how to spell. Type your articles in a program such as Word, and use the spell checker on the entire article.

If you want to check the spelling of a single word, type the word into Google.

Janine Huldie

My biggest piece of advice is as good of a writer you think you are, there are still others out there just as good, if not better, who are trying to make a go of it, as well.

Make sure to comment and share others works as much as possible. Because as much as you like the positive reinforcement so do others.

It is so very important to us, who write, to hear nice things about our writing and how others do enjoy it.

Michelle Liew

Don't be put off by little set backs now and again and most of all, get organized.

Give yourself timed breaks for burnout, and learn to use online writer related tools or seek advice.

Most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff.

A good tip I have is to use timers, especially if you have several writing projects on hand.

Maria Jordan

Have one or two trusted friends available to review your work for grammar, spelling, punctuation.

When it comes to content, you are the boss...write from your heart. Be original.

Let your passion and creativity shine... If you truly love to write, words will flow from your pen like water from a faucet.


Be WHO you are...completely, when writing.

Let your thoughts and words come directly from inside your heart and mind.

Do not "doubt" yourself.

Stephanie Henkel

Because each writer has a different writing and working style, different things inspire them.

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is finding the inspiration to begin.

Here are three writing tips that have served me well:

1. Write about things that you know and love. Whether it’s cooking, travel, health or music, your personal knowledge will shine through your writing.

2. Write about topics that spark your curiosity. It’s interesting and even fun to research topics that strike a chord with you.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Everyone doesn't have to write humor, but do keep yourself open to suggestions, critiques and ideas that differ from yours.

Joan Robertson

When you can't think how to start writing on the chosen topic, just start.

Put down any related idea you want to include anyway, and later sort how to start, tidy, etc. It works very well for me!

Since I discovered this, I have cut down on the prevarication time, and have increased my output.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani

Create and identify your own writing style that consistently keep readers engaged.

Make sure that you create a strong forte and huge impact that readers ask for more from you and also re-reading your works.

Above all, just be yourself!

Christy Birmingham

Write in the areas you are passionate about. If you don't have the interest in gardening, don't make that area your niche.

Lack of interest shows up in your writing, no matter how much you try to hide it.

You risk boring readers or losing their trust in your authority within the area. Also, why write in an area you don't enjoy?

Figure out how you can make an income writing in your area of choice.

Mary Hyatt

Don't expect to make big bucks as a writer unless you write a best selling novel.

Rema Sethumadhavan

Make your article easy to read by using simple sentences and many sub-headings.

Avoid jargon because people will simply click the back button if they find it hard to understand.

Martie Coetser Pozyn

Great writers are greater readers.

By constantly reading the work of famous authors, writers' expectation of themselves automatically rise to the required standard.

And then, practice makes perfect.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good advice from some excellent writers!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YES!...Voted up and across the board. This is enormously interesting and helpful. Reading advice from other writers is a wonderful and confident way to improve in our own work.

      The different tricks of the trade that each writer learns on their journey are tried, true and invaluable.

      This is a wonderful article, Sunshine, done in the fabulous "Sunshine" way!.....We can't lose!........Thanks, dear friend....UP+++++

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What a terrific idea for an article! My thanks to all the writers who contributed, and my thanks to you for publishing this terrific resource.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips. Thanx for sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is great! Great advice from great writers. Great idea for a hub. Did I say the word "great" enough? :-)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OK, I feel one coming on and I do not believe I have ever sang this one to my girl goes...ahem!

      SUNSHINE on my shoulders makes me happy! SUNHINE on my shoulders makes me cry! SUNSHINE on my shoulders looks so LOVELY! SUNSHINE almost always makes me......oh, hi y'all...I got a little carried away...but I really loved the way you pulled this together, dear Linda!

      This is valuable information for all of us from some real good peeps!

      Have a fabulous weekend! Love, MM

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Great advice from so many of my favorite writers! Thanks you for including me among this group of talented people! As always, you've added your ray of sunshine to this article to make it interesting, informative, fun and beautiful! Thank you! Voted up and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Really great article with some good advice from some talented writers I admire and follow.

      Some days I get discouraged and think I'll just stop trying to write, but then I get up, brush myself off, and have another go at it! I'll never get rich from writing, but I do enjoy it.

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      These are awesome advices from such brilliant writers! And what a great idea to write an article on. Congraulations to everyone who took part in it.

      Thanks for writing and sharing :)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well in regards to over-inflated egos....some of the best writers in all of history had them. If you look at Ernest would be near to impossible to find someone outside of politics that had less of an ego than he did....and he was surely a fine writer.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, even better than I thought this compilation would be. So many great tips and insights on writing and how to be a great one in one place. Thank you for letting me be a part of this one. I have of course took my advice and shared this one all over the place!!! Great job my friend!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Excellent advice and interesting suggestions from hubpage writers I admire (including the author of this hub.) Up and sharing!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent advice for writers by writers! Although I actually know all tips - oh yes, by heart I know them all - I find reading them often keeps me going and on the right track. Sunshine, what a fantastic idea for a hub! Very well presented - short and sweet, like tips should be. Bravo and enchore.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put, everyone! I would add, though, that "learning to spell and using spell-check" is not the final solution. One must first know the correct WORD, because spell check is NOT EQUAL to word check. It will not catch context errors. If you correctly spell the wrong word, spell-check is of no use, so learn the right words!

      My biggest peeves when reading any written material, whether it be an article or a simple comment somewhere, are people who do not seem to know the difference between "than" and "then," or "their," "there" and "they're." Sadly, these examples are becoming more the norm than the exception.

      I want to reach through the screen and shake and slap them. This is grade school material: my 10-year-old granddaughter knows these differences, for pity sakes! When I see these mistakes, I stop reading right there.

      Editing? All in good time. What works for me is to just write--ignore typos, ignore structure, just write, let the words flow, and worry about fixing errors later. For me, stopping the flow of ideas to critique short-circuits the process.

      Great article, and great suggestions from everyone. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wow a hub full of jewels. What an interesting array of words of wisdom.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Bill!

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      Lisa 4 years ago

      Great work Sunshine... I always enjoy reading your work and I cannot wait till you publish something new..

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Paula for your great advice to fellow writers. You rock!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Daisy, Your added input to this hub is much appreciated.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the advice Shauna, not that you need it.

      Victoria, I think your comment was just great!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Sing it MM. I need the sunshine. Orlando is having a gloomy day. Thanks for your advice! Enjoy your weekend!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Steph, I appreciate your very useful advice to fellow writers. I'm not going to take myself to seriously anymore :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for stopping by Hunbbel and for the share.

      Wesman, there's an exception to every rule. Ernest earned his ego. Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Janine for sharing your wise advice. I appreciate the share ;)

      Hi Audrey, I wish you posted some advice also. Stop by again. Anytime!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Martie, Practice makes perfect. Excellent advice! Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Lizzy, We all have our pet peeves. Thanks for sharing your opinion, peeve and advice. We appreciate it. Hopefully someone or many will learn from it.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Mike!

      I appreciate you stopping by Lisa. I'll try my best to publish more often!

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Excellent tips (and a great idea for a new hub :-)

      Thanks for sharing, voted up.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great advice from the other writers, and thanks for including me too, I have learned even more by just reading this now, so many things I forget, I tend to fiddle about not knowing where to start sometimes! lol! nice one linda, and voted all the way!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      GREAT HUB! I absolutely adore the intro. I picked up some great tips, and was reminded of some things that I know but am not good at following through on.... I love the way you presented the tips. No two are alike. I was pulled through the list, never getting bored, excited to read the next one... Thanks for this!!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great job y'all! Thanks for all the excellent tips and practical, useful advice.

      English is my second language and I'm very particular with spelling. I was once in my life a spelling bee champion. (: However, I sometimes get caught up with the flow of what I'm writing and I get derailed with my ideas. Bum!

      Thanks for putting this up. Bravo!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What a great idea this was, Linda, and the tips and suggestions are all worthwhile. Thank you.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I am fans some of them. They are very talented and I hope we can learn from the passion in writing. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

      Cheers, Prasetio

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Good advice & suggestions. voted up!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Efficient Admin! I'm looking forward to your article.

      Hi Nell, I appreciate your participation. Your advice will help many writers.

      Yay Dana...I'm glad you found the advice useful. Thanks for your writing tricks of the trade.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      We aim to please CrisSp. I'm glad you found these writing tips useful.

      Thanks drbj!

      Prasetio, Your comment is appreciated. I agree there are many amazing writers who helped me compile this list.

      LoveDoc, Thank you!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Linda - What a great piece! I had no idea there would be so many talents here providing such great advice! I'm humbled you included me in such a group. Great job! (btw: It's "Rumple", not "Rumble". Many thanks!)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Good tips and suggestions from some great writers.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these tips. One can always learn from others.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Linda, thanks for including me here. I am taking in all the advice of some of these lovely friends of ours now, and all are incredible. Thanks for sharing!! I am passing this on.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This article is a masterpiece! I am keeping this on file to inspire me and to help build my writing skills. Glad I caught this and "thank you" to all the great writers or sharing their knowledge and expertise. Voted up!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful and helpful hub with a list of handy tips from you & fellow-hubbers.

      Well-done to you & fellow-hubbers!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Nice to see advice from other writers too. I agree with Nell, too personal and the writing doesn't go far. I like to write things that help people and that always gets more interest.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Linda, What a great compilation of writing tips from so many of the contributors to Hubpages. A nice peek at what they consider their most important tools in their writing arsenal. A nice way to pickup more "tips" of the trade. Take good care. Be creative.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Wonderful tips that I will try to put into practice. Voted up and useful.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Outstanding group of individuals with helpful advice. Although I enjoy writing for the personal aspect, the tips given when attempting the professional writing experience are valuable.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      excellent and well written. Bookmarking for future use. Titles I know all about that. I wrote a book with a bad title and that was the end of it. I got caught up in a "cute" idea...Thanks for sharing all of us. Votes UP and I will share with other writers.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Yesterday I wrote a comment on this article and linked it with one of mine which is written on inspiration to the writers but may be somehow I missed to post it. I really loved your article and thanks to all of you for imparting some very essential tips. Sharing and pinning!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      RC, I thought you were ready to rumble! :) All fixed. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Rosemay and Martin...I appreciate you stopping by!

      Michelle, Thank you for your words of wisdom! :)

      Dianna and Ish, Two of my favorite fellow writers. I hope you stop by again with your tricks of the trade.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      bridalletter, I agree with Nell also but sometimes you have to go personal in order to purge your mind. Thank you for your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cyndi10, Tips of the trade...very clever! I like it. I just might use it more often. Thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      mperrottet, Your comment is appreciated.

      shiningirisheyes, Learning something new never gets old and advice from others is always welcome. Thanks!

      carol7777, Great point about the title! Thank you for the share!

      Shampa, I appreciate you sharing the link.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Awesome hub, Sunshine! Great to see you. All the advice is good and one that's especially poignant for me is Michelle L's advice: use timers and guard against burnout. Those are important for me. :)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      It’s a really useful article on writing with great ideas pouring in from other favourite writers Thank you.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This was a great idea for a hub. Thanks for all the info.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi CC, Timers are an excellent idea. I have some built into my brain. Self-timers! Thanks for your comment!

      Thank you Arun and Barbara!

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      Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great hub. One more tip is that you should never publish a piece of writing until you can read it three times without getting bored. This method has worked for me in my personal and professional writing capacity.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting hub and advice and suggestions from a great HubPage writer . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Excellent hub! LOVED the words of wisdom and advice from some of mostest favoritest hubbers!

      Soooo much more to be found in the comment section as well..

      I don't pretend to give advice - as - i tend to piss off as many followers as i attracts (LOL), but - my adivce to MYSELF is: to thine own self be true!

      Conformity is not a choice in writing - if everyone conformed - how boring would reading be!

      I'm not as interested in making money as i am in....satisfying the libra in me - and making others laugh and think...

      that probably made no sense whatsoever..

      so i repeat - excellent

      up and sharing..

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      This is a great hub, which I shall revisit. Here's my two cents. 1. Get rid of needless words. 2. Watch your adverbs - often they are simply not needed. 3. Rewrite. As Hemingway said, "There's no such thing as writing, only rewriting."

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just came back to say thanks for including me. I constantly learn from all the great Hubbers we have on here. In fact, I think I learn something new every single day.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Outstanding tip John! Thank you for adding it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Much appreciated Kashmir!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      ImKarn, Interesting advice! I like it! I'm sure we all have the capability to piss people off even though it's not intentional. Most of the time. I appreciate your input! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      rfmoran, Great tips! I have a tendency to overuse adverbs, in a silly way...we live and learn or continue to be silly! :)

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Clearly, this is a hub to always keep in mind - great writing advice on a variety of levels. So much to ponder. I'll be re reading and making the most of this. Thank you so much.

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      I like the one which says "use simple sentences in your compositions!"


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the great tips and advice. Great idea having writers offer their thoughts. Passing this on.

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      Wilbart26 4 years ago

      Your right, even the most skillful and best writers in the world tend to make mistakes and needs the advice of others. I'm still learning how to be a writer. I am proud of being one and will pursue to be the best one. Happy hubbing my fellow writers.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Certainly some points to consider! Thank you, this was very interesting and well done to be sure!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Keeping readers engaged is one of my best ideas. Most interesting points of writing one must consider carefully. Thanks for the insightful information.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Love this hub I can use all the advice I can get. I try not to make mistakes but I often make them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Brilliant advice from great writers. I can use all of them. I have learned a lot from this hub. Thanks for sharing Sunshine. Have a lovely week!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Excellent advice! Voted up and shared!

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Great hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      What a nice way to incorporate tips and advice from various hubbers. I enjoyed reading this one - lots of great nuggets of advice! Voted up and shared:)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I really like how you incorporated all these great hub authors into this hub. Great title, says it all! This was really fun to read. Thanks for sharing this.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What an inspiring collection of sayings from some of my favorites. This should be required reading for newbies and veterans alike. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      travmaj ~ quicksand ~ Gypsy Rose Lee ~ wilbart26 ~ web923 ~ DDE ~ Alecia Murphy ~ mpropp ~ Alocsin ~ shin_rocka04 ~ Kris Heeter ~ Moonlake ~ Thelma alberts ... Thank you all for your comments and additional advice!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a very clever idea for a hub and the advice from these writers is helpful to everyone I think. We can all take an inventory of our skills and improve. Voted up- useful= and awesome!

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great ideas and advice !

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      AMAZING tips! Thank you for compiling this. Truly excellent. I'm going to email the url to myself so I have this as a forever reference!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Pamela99 ~ jenbeach21 ~ Billie Kelpin ... I appreciate your comments!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Fab hub Linda - interesting, useful (very useful!) and above all concise and very easy to read.

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      FaithDream 4 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Very interesting article. I really like the writer's feedback and comments. All very good... Some great pieces of advice on here.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      There is no better way to learn than from our peers! You have put together an excellent learning piece that is easy to read and so very educational. Each writer has added to building a hub everyone should read. (You picked a great bunch of writers btw.)

      Probably one of the most imortant tips is writing what you know. When you do that you write with authority and it is easier to make your subject interesting. A little humor where appropriate helps keep any piece flowing.

      Thanks for this wonderful hub Linda, and all the contributors both in the hub and in the comments.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I agree with Maria Jordan that it is a great idea to have a friend critique your article before you publish. Sometimes they notice simple mistakes or inconsistencies. We can all use a little advice to help with our writing. Thanks for the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is terrific for new and old writers. Love the short snippets from all of the writers. It's awesome to see perspectives from different types of writers. Thanks. Up, awesome & pinned.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a great article, Linda! Thanks for including me. I am humbled to appear in such great company.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Linda.

      Don't know how, but I missed your very informative hub. A lot of great advise for writers from writers. It doesn't matter how much you think you know there's still a lot you don't know.

      I think it's worth my while going threw this hub again, but a little more slower and intensively.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      What can I say? Great hub? No, superb it will be. As for me, I'm confident that I can tell a story, but a help or advise or a thing or two from other hubbers will make me more braver to unleash whatever my mind dictates me to share.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is awesome Sunshine! Thanks for including me here. I just saw this one is out, I didn't realize :) Vote up, useful, and sharing of course!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jools99 ~ FaithDream ~ tillsontitan ~ YourCousins ~ Glimmer Twin Fan ~ Deborah Neyens ~ Ghaelach ~ Travel man1971 ~ ChristyWrites

      Thank you all for sharing your advice, your comments, your humor and your support!

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      Deninson Mota 4 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      Excellent tips. Been following some of these magnificent writers though not as often as I would like because I'm not a full time hubber. But, they are great. Nice hub you have written here.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      Thanks for all of the great tips! You can never stop learning about new ways to write.

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      rosika 4 years ago

      interesting hub here sunshine....for now I am happy that I am following J.K. Rowling's advice - to read as much as possible. Who knows one day I will come up with masterpiece- lol....great read for me.

      Thanks for all the useful advices!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Linda for all the great advice. Very well-written hub. I loved Grisham's quote especially because I just finished reading his "Time to kill" again after so many years.

      I wonder how I missed this hub. :) Cheers,Rema.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a narvelous collection of tips innovative idea to put them all together. Great job Linda!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      gregoriom, I'm sure they appreciate your visits just as much as I do. Thanks!

      ExoticHippieQueen, Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      rosika, Continue with your positive thinking and you just might write that great novel.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      remaniki, A Time to Kill...without that book we might not have John Grisham, I'm thankful for the book, the author, you and your comment. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Linda! I sure do like your name! :)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Sunshine625 ,

      This is valuable information especially coming from fellow writers, I agree we should just write good content and not expect much because if it does not happen, we'll only hurt ourselves. Voted up and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi dwachira, Thank you for sharing your writing words of wisdom!

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      Lizolivia 4 years ago from Central USA

      Very useful tips, I may make a wall poster listing many of these to occasionally glance at to freshen my memory. Thank you for compiling these tips for writers!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida


      I know I have missed a lot lately because of family--but I am so happy I saw this on G+. Great words of advice for new and older writers.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Liz, A poster of tips and advice is a great idea! Thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Bobbi, We are never too old to learn something new or refresh our memories. Thanks for your comment.

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      Emma 4 years ago from UK

      I have decided to give Hub Pages another decent shot. I searched out your name Linda because I knew it would be great advice and I was not wrong.

      My Hubs are extremely lowly viewed with more than 50% being idled, so lots of editing and refreshing to be done.

      I loved this article for its refresher points, as well as new ones.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Sunshine this is fantastic advice..loved the input from some of my fav writers here..have just found this hub and am a bit behind (ah well a lot behind) but glad I found this now..thanks for putting this together..great job & ever so helpful...cheers

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Sunshine625,

      thanks for the advice. I really did

      learn something new from reading your hub

      thanks again and Voted up

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Sunshine, this is a wonderful hub. I especially liked Christy and Ishwarya's inputs.

      Thanks for compiling these useful tips.


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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in to share all our advice again!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Linda, this is awesome! Great formation of great advice of wonderful people!! Sorry I did not see this sooner!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Linda for bringing out the best in these awesome writers and online communicators here and onto the screen for us all to learn from and to share.

      I shall use much of this useful advice to help better my skills online and as I continue to pave the way further into my very own online writing career.

      As a newbie to hubpages and online writing in general, I have experienced the love and support of this awesome hubpages community, I also feel that by networking effectively with like minds, anything is possible.

      We all are at differing levels in life, as writers, and as people in general, one things for certain we shall learn from one another no matter our differences, or skill levels and the likes.

      This is where I have arrived at mentally here online, I have learned a great deal from these awesome interactions, and in the end it has indeed made me a much better person. I would like to say thanks to all the writers here who have added their truly wise words of advice.

      This awesome hub goes to show that success and in its truest form of the sense derives from collaboration and positive working vibes within a community of good folks, great authors, and wonderfully talented people.

      Thanks Linda once again for crafting such a useful article, and for bringing us all here on hubpages and worldwide a good well balanced path to how to become a truly dedicated successful writer who really cares for the likes of their fellow writers. Thumbs up and outta here!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Great useful advice and an excellent article.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ddraigcoch, I'm glad to hear you are back on board again. HP has missed you!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Carter, Better late than never. Even though there is no time limit on HubPages. We get to a hub when ever we get to it. No rush. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Torrilynn, I'm glad you picked up some tips of the trade from fellow writers. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts ... Vinaya, Audra, Cloud, Michelle and tobusiness!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Linda, we all need these tips from time to time so I'm sharing this again!

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      Divs001 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Great hub!

      Thanks a lot for sharing these information. I am a novice in writing and newbie in hubpages and I am lucky to read this at the right time. I felt this hub so interesting as you have included the tips from many good writers.

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Very informative and useful hub. I am bookmarking this one, so I can reread it a few times. I don't want to miss any of those nuggets of wisdom.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great advices, they will surely help to many new writers.....

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I did pick up some new tips and was also reminded of some old tips.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great advice from the best of writers!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful advice from excellent writers! We can all use this information as tips and reminders. Up and awesome! :)

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! Writing is such a solo activity it can be lonesome. With this article, you make it a communal art form!

      Building on the notion of lots of work and getting organized, I would add: Write every day!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks as always Michelle!

      Divs001, I'm glad you were able to pick up some tips.

      Mommy Needs a Nap, Words of Wisdom is what we aimed to share.

      jainismus ~ rasta1 ~ teaches12345 ~ sgbrown ~ sidkemp

      Thank you for stopping by!

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      Michelle Widmann 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this hub, it was definitely helpful and really interesting to read. I'm trying to inspire and motivate myself to start writing more, and this has for sure contributed in helping me take another step forward!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Michelle! I'm glad you found this advice helpful!

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      Rich 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Hey Sunshine, good to see you again! I look back at when you put this together and remember how Hubpages was a different place. Now, because of all of their policies (many which border on the ridiculous) I look at all of those that contributed that no longer reside here, but have found a broader audience out in the blogging world. The advice above is vital info for a beginning writer. Hubpages is a good place to start as the community is friendly and supporting. If you plan on moving onward to blogging, you'll find the world not so nice. Take the above info and master it before you think you can exist in the open land of blogging. Even then, it can be a rough road to travel. And, Linda, you are still the sunshine to these up and coming writers, giving support and keeping them in line. lol You still don't get all the credit you deserve. Oh, btw, you're still my Sunshine, too! Keep smiling!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal


      This is a wonderful compilation. I came back to read advice from the writers I admire.

      Have a wonderful evening.


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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Charming article, Sunshine. I like that you included writing tips from many others here on HP. What a great idea! Your sunny personality keeps shining through. Thanks for the tips!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Just came back to reread and reshare. This is such a good article and should not be missed.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Due to Mary sharing this most insightful article here, I enjoyed reading this write here, especially with the added bonus of advice from other wonderful writers here on HP, many of whom I know.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      A great hub and useful advice on writing!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this gem. I found this hub useful. voted up

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is an excellent bunch of advise. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Came back for another read, and all the advice is still so relevant, especially now with our hubs tanking so much, well mine! lol! have a great weekend Linda, nell

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      Midget38 3 years ago

      Sharing again, Linda!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks y'all for sharing your advice on writing! :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      I came back to read this very helpful article again. Our fellow writers have contributed some very useful information.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great advice here by many wonderful and talented writers. Very helpful. I try to keep my writing as diverse as possible. I bore easily so if I can keep writing things that keep my own mind interested and challenged, hopefully my readers will be too. Read, read, read, and look for inspiration all around you...keep a pen and notebook with you at all times.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well great writers have birthdays too...right??

      So with that, I say...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Sunshine! Hey girl, are you getting even cooler... :)))

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I came back to reread this wonderful Hub. I get turned off by writers who are writing for themselves; not their readers. If I have to go back and reread an article cause I didn't understand what the author was saying the first time, I get aggravated. OK, maybe I'm not too smart, but I like simple words that I can understand. Sometimes I think writers are trying to impress by their use of words the average reader would have to look up for their meaning.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank your for the tips. I am writing a novel now. When I am not writing I am reading about similar subjects and about writing. So I agree that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It's nice to see how others who have written best sellers view the life of a writer. Voted Up.

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      Diana L Pierce 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I'm always looking for great tips. You have a long list of them here. Voted up.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sunshine,

      I am back again reading the same words of wisdom I read two years ago. And, it is true when you get older--old becomes new again---the words I read before are new again tonight---or I am too tired to be writing on your hub.

      So, maybe the words will sink into my memory bank and I won't read them again in two more years----or maybe not.

      I am happy I logged on to read this again. Have a wonderful weekend.

      Bobbi Purvis

      I will share with Twitter and pin on my Re-Pin board. Goodnight!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I agree with Bobbi....I'm glad this great hub is going around once again. I feel like adding another tidbit of advice from writer to writer......

      Yes, it's always a very good thing to have an inviting, exciting and fascinating topic/subject matter. This goes without saying.

      However, since I've seen some nonsense repeated that it simply isn't always necessary to be a strict spelling & grammar Police.....I absolutely MUST rebut such a statement.

      Please, anyone and everyone who loves to write, wants to write and hopes to be read and enjoyed: Yes, yes, absolutely it is vital to edit, re-edit and see to it that before you publish, your work is as close to perfection as possible in terms of proper grammar and correct spelling.

      Errors, typos, small mistakes or oversights will happen and possibly be forgiven but we really need to be vigilant. I can't even imagine any serious writer thinking for one moment that these things are not as important and necessary as they are.

      I hope this matters to you!! Happy Tales to you and your muse....Paula

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Bobbi! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your words of wisdom. Happy weekend to you! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome advice, Effer! We all appreciate you sharing! Keep on hubbin'! :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      That hub squeezed my brain energy dry! Whew! Effer's going to bed... night-night!

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      HelenaWatchmaker 15 months ago

      That's a lot of good advices and a little bit demoralizing, haha!

      I've thought about becoming an professional writer a few years ago and now the idea comes back to my mind.

      But I'm going on to try and maybe it will happen once I've earned more experience :)

      Thanks for your well written Hub and all the information!

      Besides, do you guys have some special rituals when it comes to write a story? I use to listen to some ambient music like this

      and then just writing what comes to my mind

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      Linda Bilyeu 15 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Helena, It's all in humor. Not meant to be demoralizing at all. Instead of listening to music as a ritual I take a funny event that happened in my life and turn it into an article. Sad events also apply. WIshing you the best on your writing journey! :)

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      HelenaWatchmaker 15 months ago

      Great Idea, I'm gonna try it, thank you :D

      Best wishes too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 15 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Helena, Be sure to stop by and keep us updated!

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