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A collection of writing tips

Updated on February 9, 2015

So many writing tips, so little space

Writing tips are all over the Internet and for those suffering from writer's block, they can be very helpful. Unfortunately, they do not group themselves in a neat little bundle. It became necessary to find a place to store all this information in a format that was easy to use. This lens houses all my favorite prompts, tips and creative writing exercises. The lens will be updated as more tools are discovered.

Writing prompts, writing tips and creative writing exercises can be be helpful to authors who need a push but this lens comes with a warning. These prompts, tips and writing exercises can be fun to play with and may interfere with serious writing.

Writing Prompts - Clever creative ways to get your mind working

These are exercises to get the creative mind working. Some are silly and just plain fun. Others are more in depth and require some thought. Nevertheless, for someone looking at a blank page, at least it gives you something to write.

Word Help - Let's face it, sometimes we all need a little help

Lists of useful words in different situations. From a list of words to use in place of "Said" to a list of descriptive words.

A Must Have for any writer

This has been called the "Bible" for writers.

2015 Writer's Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
2015 Writer's Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

Everything you need to know about being published is in this book. There are guidelines for submissions. It is updated yearly and now covers on-line writing as well. Although it changes every year, many of the resources remain the same. And it is full of helpful articles that make the writing process easier.


Writing Rules - Not all rules are created equal, some are just for fun

We start this off with a list of rules by Mark Twain from his scathing essay on the Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper. The first one on the list is "A tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere".

There are many other rules and while they may not apply to all situations, sometimes knowing the "rules" can help. If nothing else, they are a guide to better writing.

Character development

While some writers do not believe in using a list to develop characters, some of us who have trouble remembering small details could use a list to maintain details and keep our facts straight. These lists are comprehensive and easy to manage.

There is free information on the Internet but there are some helpful books too. - Let's face it, there is never enough information

These are two books I cannot live without. Both of them are specific to unique challenges.

Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction
Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction

Creative non-fiction or historical fiction - what is the difference? When I tried to tell my great grandmother's story, it was no longer creative non-fiction. I didn't have enough facts so now it's historical fiction. Everything I needed to know is in this book.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Sometimes writers block is resistance. This book explains what is stopping you from writing. The book is Interesting and I found myself nodding my head "yes" to many of the reasons I had for not writing.


Fiction writing

These links are to help develop a story and exercises to get you started.

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    • Ann Hinds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Hinds 

      4 years ago from So Cal

      I found I was tired of looking for the same links over and over again so I put them all here and then thought I would share. I'm glad you found it useful.

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      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, A useful Hub looks like you have given us some useful information.

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      4 years ago

      Very helpful lens!

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      Indigo Janson 

      5 years ago from UK

      I'm going to take some time and work through these. They look like a great selection for writers, and useful to have them all in one place.

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      Susan R. Davis 

      5 years ago from Vancouver

      Excellent collection of resources. Thanks. I'm adding this as a reference on my Anatomy of a Squidoo lens page to bring people here.

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      6 years ago

      They are good tips and I think that it would be helpful to everyone including students

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      7 years ago

      These will be a big help. Thanks for compiling them

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      Bob Black 

      7 years ago

      Some great ideas here. I haven't dried up yet but when I do, I'll be back. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Love the article! I am posting it on my facebook so I can refer back to it.

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      7 years ago

      Writing tips are very nice, they can be very helpful. to the authors.Thanks for sharing. strategic planning software

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, this lens has a ton of resources to get writing ideas. Thanks. I need to refer back to this when I'm awake and have time to visit several of the links.

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      7 years ago

      Nice list! I know another one great synonym tool.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, lots of interesting and helpful information! Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Hi! Nice stuff you have here, it helped me a lot. But I suggest you to add some more sites cause they I REALLY useful, for example href="" />

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      kguru1979 lm 

      7 years ago

      This lens is very useful for me .. thanks for sharing..!

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      Chris-H LM 

      7 years ago

      A great list of resources! This is a real timesaver, thank you!

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      7 years ago

      What a great compilation of writing tips sites! Thank you for sharing. Blessed by the How to Wrte Online neighborhood Squid Angel!

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      7 years ago

      Great collection of information here. I love the character development section. As an online roleplayer, character development is all-important to me (sometimes more than the story, oops) and those links are so right-on.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens idea, I love your creative writing prompts and will definitely be back to try some of them out. Thanks for the tips.

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      7 years ago

      I'll be back! Many excellent links and tips.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Lots of great resources for improving writing...useful for lenses and lots of other places. Thanks! And **angel blessed**

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      8 years ago

      I like the tips you have here - excellent resources that I'll be back to use. Thanks!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Writing - one of my favorite topics! Thanks for the links and resources!

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Thanks for popping by my writing prompts lens. I always try to lensroll related lenses to it so that's probably a likelihood.

    • Ann Hinds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      @Virginia Allain: I track down your lenses and lensroll them to mine. I need to add all the content that I can. Thanks for the comment.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for tracking down these great resources for writers.

      I'm lensrolling it to my lenses on the topic:

      Finding Writing Topics for Online Writers

      Writing Triggers for Family Memories


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