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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

Stephen King

On this page I'll include tips and tricks I've found while learning the craft of writing. All of them are penned by published friends I have met who run their own websites to help out new writers, respected individuals, and some by writers who display good common sense. They all make good livings from what they do but that's a by-product. They are more than happy to spread these free articles far and wide, to help out new writers above all else. A search for writing tips will turn up a huge list of similar sites. Rather than visit them all - I thought it'd be easier if I collected the best of them here :)
Articles are from published authors, website editors, e-zine editors, other writers and from those that teach the stuff for a living.

I will only post sites that I've found useful and I'll try to comment on why. No sales pitch or marketing campaign. Just what I found good & why.


Alexandera Sokoloff - The Elements of Writing

The link takes you to a post on my blog where all the lessons Alex has posted so far are kept. If you're the type of writer who plans how a story will come together rahter than the type who prefers to just write and see where it comes out, then these lessons will be invaluable.

Authors by Design

Authors by Design, or AbD to those in the know, is very similar to FictionFactor and other smaller writing communities. The big difference here is the critique groups. They cover a wide range of genres and have writers of many different levels. You need feedback on your work, and in the beginning, places like this are ideal to increase your knowledge. Remember, learning to give good critiques is a skill in itself, and through becoming good at it, you can network a group of friends that will move with you as you improve. Not everyone will want to continue working outside a structured group, but a few will. From networking within communities like this, you'll grow not only as a writer, but also as a person.

Fiction Factor

Go here. You'll learn a lot, join the forum and sign up for the newsletter. This was the first place I went and I learned a lot. Still do learn things when I get a chance to browse through and I keep an eye on the forums in case I can help the next brand new noobie.

Writing 101

Lots of interesting stuff here without them trying to sell you something all the time. Take you time and have a good browse.

Better Writing Skills

I already have a lot of Tim Norths articles linked below but there's nothing stopping you from receiving his newsletter as well.

Owl @ Purdue

A friend put me onto this one. Very good site. Must see.


"How Long Should Your Story Be?" - by Lee Masterson

"Reinventing the Wheel" (Quick Resources for Fantasy Writers) - By Brenton Tomlinson

"Writerisms and other Sins: A Writer's Shortcut to Stronger Writing" - by C.J. Cherryh

"Beating Writer's Block" - by Lee Masterson

"The Elusive Muse" - by Brenton Tomlinson

"Seven Steps To Publishing Success" - by Lee Masterson

"Active and Passive voices made simple" - by Tim North

10 Ways To Increase Your Productivity" - by Lee Masterson

"Excuses, Excuses... How to Guarantee Failure as a Writer" - by Lee Masterson

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