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How to Write Well

Updated on January 1, 2015

Write What You Know

Children are innocent and write only what they know. Even when as young as this they can be good writers. Some even get their works published. It's all about passion, honesty, observation and focus..

Everybody who is literate can put words to paper and many will get published in some form. somewhere. But what does it take to write for a living? How do you overcome the barriers such as writer's block, finding the right tools, expressing yourself in a way others can understand and having the confidence to allow someone else to read it?

The even bigger question to hit writers tends to be knowing what to write about. The short answer to that puzzle is what would you put in a letter to a friend or relative? You would write about your experiences. Focus on things happening around you, for instance, and how you appraise certain situations. In other words, write about what you know.

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What Good Writers Know

There are rules for good writing. Whether you are writing a true account of something or even a fictional story you can only do it based on what you know. Sure, you can research a topic and then put ideas to paper but it still relates to how you have appraised that knowledge and how you want others to understand it.

Journalists, for instance, write constantly about everyday events. How they interpret an incident and what they want the public to know about a situation is pretty much up to them. They find the 'angle' that will appeal but there may be several ways they can do this. That's why when you get the news from different media outlets it can be very different because of the way it is presented.

Emphasis on certain parts of an event can change the perspective one has of it. Some aspects may be hyped up while others are trimmed down. But a good journalist goes for the sensational because that is what sells. A very good journalist researches it as well. That is they find out the background of the people, place, law enforcement agents, the general situation, court related findings of similar circumstances, and so on.

But what are you writing for? Who is your audience? For therein hangs the tale.

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Carry a Pad or Have a Photographic Memory

If You Write From Life Make It Accurate

Not everyone writes like a journalist and not everyone is disciplined in how they do it. That's why there are guidelines to follow. What are you going to talk about? This should be addressed in the opening paragraphs. If its an incident you have witnessed then how good is your memory?

The first rule of journalism is to carry a pad and record your impressions before they fade or become distorted by new evidence or the opinions of others. Most good writers sleep with a pad beside their bed and jot down thoughts that come to them throughout the night. Personally that is too cumbersome for me but when I have a good idea I work on it, usually to the detriment of a good night's sleep, and rise early to put it into practice.

That's why this lens is being written now. Last night it came to me to teach all I know about writing and marketing your work. That does not mean that I am a journalist as such but I have done a journalism course and have a university degree based on assignments, essays and a thesis, which is like a mini book based on extensive research and detective work. I hold a double honors degree in archaeology/anthropology with linguistics and philosophy thrown in.

Successful writers usually have some form of formal education with many having a degree in something or other. That is where the discipline comes in, which is especially helpful if writing a non fiction book. There is a structure and shape to the material that mainly comes from this type of research while pulling history apart to get between the lines is a must.

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What's Your Angle?

Who is your audience?

If you are writing a true story then you write from the heart so that it flows out as you follow it in your mind from woe to go. The structure is the scene you set and how the drama unfolds within it.

That principle is true also for fiction. You choose your characters and plot a story based on a scene you imagine and then you make it work out. You introduce the characters one by one, give details of who they are, their background and all the time be building worthwhile personalities and characteristics to fit such an individual.

Charles Dickens did this with people from his own life. He worked in a factory from an early age and met many characters there that he transformed into amazing and exciting personalities in his books. He also visited a prison while someone related to him served their time. It all made for rich background information for his stories.

One of America's greatest writers was Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) who spent time in his youth working on a river boat on the Mississippi River. His name was taken from the soundings of the depth of the river, which was 'mark twain'. Herein lies another rule for good writing, You must have presentation appeal. People will go for an interesting name or title rather than the contents if it is good enough. Success or failure can hang on that very thing.

You do not need a great education to be able to do all this as many have become successful writers by simply writing about what they know, and often in the simplest of terms. Aside from being about the tale they told they expressed themselves in the local jargon. In other words they wrote as they spoke and that is another rule for good work.

Writing teachers will tell you to address your audience as though they are sitting opposite you in a room. Use your normal voice and provide the same type of detail.

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Never Give Up

Once you start keep the wheels turning

Writing a book is no easy task. It can take years, even a lifetime. It's a lot like creating a scene on a canvas and painting in the details. Some artists can create the scene first and then put in the characters, others do it the other way round. The end result is the big picture and the test of success is whether or not it is plausible and able to attract attention.

Many potential authors give up and make excuses why they cannot go on. Some make out it is because they don't have a command of the language. Grammar is one of those ogres that crop up to spoil anyone's flow of words. But this can also be overcome easily enough. The main thing is to let the flow progress.

Get the thoughts down and clean them up by editing the work after the story is written. No author can write that well first go without some editing taking place at the end. This piece is being edited throughout the process of writing it. You will probably have several starts, stops and heartaches along the way.

My books are non fiction and based on research but the structure is the same no matter what you are writing. The first thing is the plan. Get the headings down. What are the main points? What is the story about? Do you have a theme and or a title for the work?

Decide on the points and which ones can be made into chapters, if you are writing a book. My first book was a thesis and I chose 5 chapters each of major importance to the debate. Each was given an appropriate title that was elaborated on. With material in support such as citations, pictures, and so on it came together rather well. Next each section became a story within itself but relevant to theme and the overall picture.

Of course this may not be the way you want to do it and you might have a better plan. Don't be put off by anyone if you can develop your own style and progress.

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Every one will turn you off writing if you listen to them. They will say things like "you'll never make any money at it." or "Why don't you get a real job?" Artists of all types face the same criticism as many expect that unless others pay you for labor whatever else you do is not worthwhile. There might only be one who will champion you and he or she is worth gold. That one might just be YOU!

Write To Keep it Simple

Write so that a child can read it - although they may not understand it

Readers don't like to be confused by fancy jargon, colored print (unless it serves a purpose), waffle or deviations. If you are reading a good story would you suddenly put it down and pick up another document and read that before continuing on? You might have to do that to clarify the meaning of a word or to get extra information about a point being made but generally that type of thing will turn your reader off.

The best thing is to write for a twelve to fourteen year old brain. That is because most adults cannot perceive big words, difficult paragraphs, complex thoughts and so on. You are not dealing with university graduates as your audience, although some will probably read it. It will comprise people from all walks of life whose standard of education varies considerably. Don't cut out the less informed for the sake of what you consider good prose. It can backfire.

You should also be mindful of the non English speakers, if you write in that language, who may use your work to improve their understanding of it. That means explanations. This is trick that writers use when they introduce big words or new terms. They will give an explanation immediately following. Let's say you write "John had no choice but to jump ship."

Unless you know what that means to a non English speaker it may mean he jumped around the ship or jumped onto the ship or whatever. What you should say is "John had no choice but to jump ship, that is he fled into the countryside" or ". . . . he took off into town." there are lots of other ways of telling the audience what you mean by the phrase and that's where your creativity comes in.

The best way to understand good writing is to read works by good writers. One of the best was Earnest Hemingway. He is often referenced in journalism courses because of the brevity of his points. His sentences are short, direct and to the point. Did you get the message from that last sentence you read? Read it again and my bet is that it sinks into your head easier than probably anything else you have so far read. His books were written in this style.

Journalists are faced with getting major points across in a minimum number of words. Look at media headlines and study television newscasts to see this in effect. Go to a book shop and look at the titles and see which ones draw you in. How many words do authors use? This is all relevant to your writing.

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Children's books are a great resource for ideas on good writing. While you may not be targeting the very young they will teach you how to describe characters and how their habitats and environment play out in the story.

Read Before You Write

Study the Professionals First

Among my favorite authors is John Steinbeck because he wrote from life. He used characters he could associate with, as did people like Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters and, of course, Jane Austen. Read their works and study the way they introduce the characters if you are writing fiction.

Their stories are gripping, moody, emotional, fast reading and detailed. You don't know that you are being 'set up' as it were by picturing scenes in your mind into which actors are arriving and departing. What you experience is a series of details and facts that help you piece the evidence together so that the story rings true and you change the 2 dimensional words on paper into the 3 dimensional life event through your own experiences.

The day is wet - or - the rain fell constantly and pelted hard against the windows as I worked in the gray dampness of the room. Which is better? It depends on the context. If you are setting the scene for a story you can elaborate the atmosphere and bring into focus the noise, smells, temperature, even the clamminess of a situation in order to create drama. if on the other hand you were writing this say: "The car skidded out of control, the day was wet, the water lay on the road and there was no grip for the tires . . ."

A good writer incorporates everything so that the reader can picture the scene as if watching it live on a stage or in a movie.

If, on the other hand, you are describing how to market a product you don't use that kind of descriptive information. Now you focus on the marketability of the item/ Who will buy it? Where will they shop? How good is the price? and so on.

That is where copyrighting differs from journalism. People may hire you as a copywriter and pay you to write articles to sell their products or for publication under their name. That is one way you can earn money by writing. It is called a 'ghost writer'.

They will give you the subject and away you go. In that case waffling your way through it will be disastrous. You have to be to the point, hard hitting and driving the reader towards a sale by creating an interest in a certain product or web site, as an example. You probably will need to research the topic in order to make the article accurate and credible.

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How To Choose a Topic

Let Your Brain Decide

My suggestion on that score is simple. Ideas pop into your head from time to time that may have a bearing on something you want to write about and these should be jotted down. Great resources are articles or blogs for commercial copy and the news and what's currently in the media for good stories..

Blogs that focus on a government decision affects people in general while something happening around the corner will affect the lives of neighbors more than the community. Listening to radio newscasts or nightly news reports on TV is not enough. You have to listen to the in depth reports and watch documentaries on them to get good stories.

Observe the characters in it and their role in what is going on. Record their names and important points about them. Don't rely on videos or tapes to capture the story so you can go back to it later as chances are you won't. In that event the opportunity to express your take on the issue is lost. By the time you get back to it, if ever, the matter is now history and not topical.

If you don't see the importance of that last sentence then don't write. If you are trusting your memory to regurgitate the issues you are failing.

Don't let your brain work for nothing. Creativity is an event in which one part of it associates with the other, that of memory. But the latter is full of other things and there is little room there to retain good suggestions from the creative side. Stay alert and write it down.

Pay Attention to Grammar, Spelling and Timing

A good read is also a good flow

The first thing to know about an author is that he or she is a wordsmith. That means that the writing has to be legible and meaningful. If you are employing an editor then obvious mistakes will be corrected during the process. But it helps if you can control this aspect of your work, especially if you are writing articles, blogs, web sites or e-books. Also professional editors cost money.

Every writer should have a good dictionary and thesaurus on hand as essential tools of the trade. if you are not sure what something means or you can't find the appropriate words to use then they will come in handy. Syntax is another important issue. How you compose your sentences will have a bearing on the overall picture you create.

No one wants to start reading something only to be faced with poor grammar, spelling mistakes or other things. This will instantly turn readers off. These days grammar and spelling are taking a back seat to other aspects of writing which will, in the end, bring a writer down. Good works last forever and one of my favorite writers in this regard is Mark Twain. Like the others his works are timeless and he was a master of moods.

Typos are different and most people make allowances for them but other things no way. I mention timing because like a play the action is in your mind. If you put things in the wrong order or expect your audience to guess something you have left out or will attend to later you will lose them.

But if you feel you are totally hopeless at that aspect of the exercise there are tools to help you. This is a new one that came across my path just a few days ago. You might give it a try because if you want to write to make money then a small outlay for such a worthwhile assistant is justified. Otherwise do a writing course at the local technical college or a journalism course. You can do the latter by correspondence in most places but the cost is high.

The bottom line to good writing is to record your impressions before they fade. How many times do you try to remember the details of an incident that happened a week ago, even a day ago, an hour ago and your memory is already fuzzy. Put it to the test.

Try to recall in detail the color of your neighbors eyes with whom you were speaking earlier in the day. How tall is she/he and what was the color of the shoes, pants, top worn. There is also a car next door that you see every day. What is the number on the number plate? The last time you saw it was it clean or dirty? You can see from this how good your photographic memory really is.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Thanks for some great advice and tips! I'm sure I'll be back many times to refresh my memory.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very well written:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the useful information on this lens on how to write well. Thank you for the great tips and suggestions.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Excellent suggestions on better writing. Writing is difficult for me, so this was very helpful. Thanks!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I see what you mean about staying on point and not being scattered and all over the place. Good information and direction, once again!

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      AskPat 5 years ago

      Very helpful info. Thanks for sharing!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great tips!

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      GenesisLabs 5 years ago

      Great lens. Despite my limited talents, I enjoy writing immensely. Your lens inspires me to continue.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very informative lens on a topic that interests many, especially in this age of the internet. Stay blessed!

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      Arquinn 6 years ago

      Like this much! Informative, inspiring, and well-written :D

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very enjoyable and helpful article - here's some angel blessings from me

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great work on a topic that never gets old. So are you trying to say that I shouldn't title my next lens "how to write more gooder?" Punctuation and grammar are really important aspects, often overlooked in writing and blogging (double use of the word "and" there wasn't the best example to set).

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Well written article about writing well!

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      I am looking to improve my writing. This lens is good.

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      lynnericci 6 years ago

      Good input. I liked it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good lens and interesting to read.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. You write simply and clearly, so that others can easily understand what you mean. You practice what you preach :)


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think you did a great job on this lens, good information.

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      Tobbie LM 6 years ago

      This is a terrific resource.... I will have to come back to learn more. In the meantime I have given you the thumbs up and added as a fav. Cheers

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      This lens has great content and beautiful pictures. Well done. I learned a lot so thank you. I have several lenses I think you would enjoy. Please drop by...thanks again!

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for a eally helpful lens Norma. Discovering ways to write has become a passion since joining Squidoo, and the advice here is so welcome.

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Beautiful lens! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece! Congrats on a great job!

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      Sharon Weaver 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I have a blog, newsletter and Squid lenses so even thought I don't write as a career, writing well is important. I can refer to this lens often.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks you for some very helpful insight!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens and oddly, John Steinbeck was one of my favourite authors also. Merry Xmas. Blessed by an Angel.

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      CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

      Thank you for a really interesting and beneficial lens, I found the information not only uplifting, but extremely useful as well. There are certainly many points that I was not 100% aware of so you have been very helpful with this too. Thank you again...

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

      Everyone needs to read and practice these tips, thank you so much for sharing! :)

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's going to take me a long time to check all of these out. Thanks!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Angel Blessed. I think it's important to find a simple but elegant way of expressing your ideas and sometimes it's not easy!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Angel blessed and lensrolled to Fancy Fish Writer's Guild. I love how you presented the topic of writing well. Very well written :)

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Even if you fancy yourself a good writer, you can always improve. This is a great lens for the writer at any stage of the writing process!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Even if you fancy yourself a good writer, you can always improve. This is a great lens for the writer at any stage of the writing process!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a lens that I book marked to come back to. Featured on my lensograph for my reminder lest I forget. I want to learn to write will, or better. Will read this again with a fresh pot of coffee when I'm not so busy.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      in my point of view this is a very important and useful lens. thanks for your valuable guidance

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      PRam1 6 years ago

      Great tips! Writing is an art and like every art it requires mastery. Thanks for pointing out very crucial points to mastery of the art of writing.

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      GuyB LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, it's about time somebody wrote a lens about writing good and using proper grammer. It makes me sick when I see grammetical errors throughout a piece of literary work.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am featuring this lens on my new yet-to-be-published lens "My Top Ten Unforgettable Books". This is a lovely lens, as usual.

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      DanielleLynn 6 years ago

      I like your advice about not letting others get you down writing-wise

      Great stuff!

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      The best advice i got for writing good: For every 100 words you read, write 1. And keep reading, keep reading, keep reading...

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      thank you for the guide. I am learning to be a better writer.

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Good lens. Thank you for the really useful advice here.

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      Shibamom LM 6 years ago

      Well done - thanks for the tips!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      A very useful and informative lens. Thanks for all the sound tips and advice.

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      An interesting read with some great tips and advice. Kudos.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am happy I viewed this lens. Well written lenses are always a joy to read. This one has got substance, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens Norma. I do ok, but often wish I could write better, it is definitely a skill. I often fuss, probably too much when I write, I try my best to pay attention to spelling, grammar and all the important things. My downfall is that I tend to ramble on and on and on.... oops I'm doing it now LOL - Kathy

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done guide should help people interested in improving their writing.

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      sabina207hj 6 years ago

      Informative lens. Worth time to read.

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      One of the most challenging things as we know is chasing the muse of inspiration. The ideas here are very helpful and give straightforward and very helpful advice.

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      Shawn Gourley 7 years ago from Evansville, IN.

      I know all too well the struggles from writing. This is a great lens, and thank you for the blessing and feature! Your lenses never fail to amaze me! Wonderful job!

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      kohuether lm 7 years ago

      When I first started making money with writing I got a lot of flack for not having "a real job". Drove me nuts! It has kinda stopped now (8 years later!) but everyone now and then I get a comment, mostly from family members. The important thing is to be stubborn and don't listen!

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      semas 7 years ago

      Well written and informative lens,Thank you and 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would really like to be able to write a novel; to be able to grip the reader in the first few paragraphs and hold their attention. I feel I lack the skills, but perhaps the tips in your great hub will help me.

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      phonicsforkids 7 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoyed it a lot!

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      MoonMaa 7 years ago

      Very good tips on writing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This needs to be proofread... LOL

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      You have included some excellent tips on writing well, including keeping it simple and doing your research. Good grammar and spelling is also important. Well done.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      This is a nice introductory guide -- well presented.

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      bbudoyono lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. 5 star from me

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      Y44GRAVES LM 7 years ago

      great ideas.. thanks for sharing... excellent!!

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      AngHoo LM 7 years ago

      I do find it hard to write well... Thanks for sharing... Nice lens once again...

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      bbudoyono lm 7 years ago

      Wow, this is a great lens. Thanks for this.

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      MarcMooney 7 years ago

      Norma thank you for putting together a very informative lens, this will help me and I am sure many more who pass it by.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      That Giant Badge looks wonderful on top of your lenses! Many congratulations Norma on your achievement

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      myrealweb 7 years ago

      Excellent works and lots to read useful information

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      MrMarmalade 7 years ago

      I missed the boat somehow with the comment, so as you say keep persisting.

      Will be writing my cookbook in the near future

      Top 5***** and Fav U

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      MrMarmalade 7 years ago

      You are very encouraging:

      I will be writing my cook book in the very near future.

      Thank you for guidance and given 5***** and favu

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      Mart903 7 years ago

      A lens of great value, with so much to learn from. I love it!..

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      Melbourne_Osteopath 7 years ago

      Great lens. All chapters are worthwhile. I very much agree that all writing should be written as simple as possible. Your audience may not have the benefit of thoroughly understanding your topic, so it makes sense to ensure you speak in plain english without any tricks or assumptions. Shying away from acronymns is also recommended. Well done. Lens rated.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There is definitely a method to writing good copy and getting people to take action.

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      ATP 7 years ago

      I like this lens. Quite honestly, I don't think a child should read what i write...It's horror type work.

      I have a blog filled with tips about writing. it's

      I really like this lens. THANKZ. I determine it's an official (according to me)


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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      NIce lens, I am trying to write childrens books and find it very difficult! (mostly I don't have any time though) so thanks for the tips, 5 * from me:)

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      Twobit LM 7 years ago

      I love writing myself, thanks for the lens it should help out! 5*****!!

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      There are a lot of books out there that will teach you good grammar or how to write a decent essay that will get you an A in your college English class, but very few that will teach you how to Write Creatively. Have you noticed that? Anyway, awesome idea for a lens.

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      Redbird23 7 years ago

      Excellent job. You gave me many great writing tips. If you have a moment and could glance at my len I would appreciate the feedback.


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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      A very nice and informative lens. Keep up the good work!

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      LovelyBam_Easy_Online_Income_Pro 8 years ago

      This is an outstanding Lens! I love it! Keep it up.

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Excellent and informative lens but if I were you I wouldn't upload pictures directly from the Squidoo text module but would link them from my site or any other picture gallery site - as they remove the border of your boxes :)

      Otherwise, rated 5 stars as it teaches a lot to those that want to start writing.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Excellent. Blessed by an Angel today (

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      DeboraR 8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a newbie writer as well as a Squidoo newbie so I found this very helpful info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Neat and clear lens. Reminds me of what I love about reading how-to's; helps you with the skill and give good information. I have much to learn from you.

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      Very informative lens, thank you for the great resources. 5*

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      sun22 8 years ago

      Very good lens. Very informative and nicely done. I wil definitely give you five star.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good tips on this lens and nice use of various modules!

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      Davidfstillwagon 8 years ago

      Very nice lens! I have always loved to write. 5 *

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      Wordilydoc 8 years ago

      I see you have put most of yourself into this. I like the way you emphasized the whole idea of not using your weaknesses as an excuse for not writing. As you say there is always material out there it doesn't hurt to ask around or search.

      I also liked the fact that you mentioned imagery because that is such a very important part of writing.

    Tips and Advice

    These videos offer tips and advice on writing

    This was meant for people to talk about their writing but it turned into a comment box, which was not the intention. So I have put it here beneath the other comment box so that it is not out of place. Thank you one and all for your lovely comments. They are so much appreciated and I would love to see more lenses from you.


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        googlesniperfreetraffic 5 years ago

        Thank you for the great information, take a look exactly....

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        Philippians468 6 years ago

        thank you for this lens. learnt some wonderful new things from you. cheers!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Great lens won writing. This should be ranking much higher so that more of us can find it.

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        MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

        Norma, thanks for the boost to

        We writers of all persuasions

        And being ready is very true

        I have a pen/pad for all occasions

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        ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

        I don't know what I would do if I couldn't express my thoughts on paper.

        Thanks for sharing and thank you for featuring my Writing Book Review lens. I really appreciate it. (LR to Writing Book Reviews)


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        Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

        Good information to keep a writer on track. I've lensrolled it to some of my writing lenses:

        Finding Writing Topics for Online Writers

        Write with Spunk and Bite

        Writing Triggers for Family Memories

        A Family of Writers: Handing Down a Writing Tradition

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        RebeccaE 6 years ago

        this was exactly what I needed... I can't thank you enough for such a useful and wonderful lens.

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        Tracker69 7 years ago

        very nice article. with so many things to write about i sometimes fail to do the writing part.

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        Werkpaardje 7 years ago

        I am a Dutch speaker and this lens will be just like the good dictionary you recommend for every writer. It is a lot to digest in one go for me, so I will lensroll it. I will also favorite it and without doubt rate it, the five stars it deserves. Thank you very much.

        Note: Hope I have my grammar right...

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        You have a lot of good tips about writing. I try to write from my heart as much as possible. I know that my memory is not perfect but I write whatever makes sense to me at the time. I write the same way I talk which I hope doesn't confuse anybody.

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        You have a lot of good tips about writing. I try to write from my heart as much as possible. I know that my memory is not perfect but I write whatever makes sense to me at the time. I write the same way I talk which I hope doesn't confuse anybody.

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        Melbourne_Osteopath 7 years ago

        I also find it helpful to picture yourself writing for only one person. I'm also a fan of ensuring sentences aren't too long. Don't get a phobia of full stops! Great tips. Lens rated.

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        DanMoriarity LM 7 years ago

        Thanks for all the excellent informaton in this lens, I found it to be very helpful. I really like your writing style, simple, concise, and to the point. Definitely a 5* lens!

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        danielca0720 7 years ago

        True the days of purple prose(over description) are long gone, and modern readers love fast paced action filled works now-a-days. Great lens :).

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        Baskervilles-Hound 7 years ago

        Great lens! Will definitely help with writing posts on my blog. Very informative & great resources. Rating 5* for sure. :-)

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        Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

        I will need to absorb these tips more. thanks.

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        woodsmith 7 years ago

        Hi Norma...Thanks for the feedback. This lens gives me some food for thought, and I'm pretty hungry.



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        Lloyd Pinto 7 years ago from Mumbai

        this is a very informative lens Norma! 5* and into my fave box and twitted as well

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        Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

        P.S. I Lensrolled you to my Elfwood lens. Cheers!

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        norma-holt 7 years ago

        There is more to writing than putting words on paper. Think laterally and try to look at things from a reader's point of view. Short, sharp and to the point is the way to go. You get more readers and better reception. Thanks for all your comments.

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        lostinfiction 8 years ago

        You've posted some very well written advice for writers, and I totally agree especially on your point on studying the masters and top authors before striking out on your own. It's good to get a sense of perspective. I found one link which was quite useful for this exact point, called - it's basically like a *literature* search engine, so if you're researching other authors and what they themselves loved to read, this is a great resource!

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        LovelyBam_Easy_Online_Income_Pro 8 years ago

        Writing is a passion of mine, however, I haven't yet put much of the skill to work in my Lens. While I'm familiar with writing Proposals, Essays and such from my college training I've not applied as much as needed online. More investment of my time is needed. I love to write poetry as and have had a poem published. In the rush of everyday life I've gotten caught up in the swarm instead of using my passion as an outlet. You write so well and I will visit your Lens again as it is so informative. Thank you!

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        FarAwayJoe 8 years ago

        Thanks for this lens. There are quite some useful arguments, especially for me as non English speaker. I appreciate your plea for brief sentences. I hope this will have the additional benefit for me to avoid too many embarrassing grammar errors.