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Top 10 Tips for Writers in 2014

2013Every week, I share a tip with writers, a trick you forget to use in your own manuscript, but makes a big difference in the rhythm and feel of a novel. Some, you can make use of immediately. Others, file away for that cranky day when your writing limps along and you don’t know why.

Here are the Top Ten according to my readers:

  1. 10 Tips Guaranteed to Rescue Your Story
  2. Writers Tips #78: 8 Writing Tricks You Won’t Read Anywhere Else
  3. 17 Tips on How to Market Your Books Online
  4. Writers Tip #5: Beware the gerund
  5. The 15 Biggest Writing Blunders (And How To Avoid Them)
  6. Writer’s Tip #2: Ban Weak Adverbs
  7. 10 Tips from Janet Burroway
  8. 13 Tips from Bob Mayer’s Novel Writer’s Toolkit
  9. Writers Tip #99: 17 Tips From Noah Lukeman
  10. Writer’s Tip #30: Too Many Prepositional Phrases

Please share: If you were asked to give a new writer one tip, what would that be?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. 

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34 thoughts on “Top 10 Tips for Writers in 2014

  1. Pingback: Writers Tip #92: How to Write Like a Pulitzer Prize Winner | WordDreams...

  2. How great to have all of these in one spot. Thanks. I just finished critiquing a manuscript and the first TIP, that comes to mind is not to Tell-then-Show or Show-then-Tell. For example: I was afraid. My eyes widened and my breath became shallow.

    Just pick one or the other (preferably show us). And do it in such a way that we see/understand the emotion behind it.


      • I’m working on erasing / removing some time goblins to carve out more time for my own stuff. It’s hard, after being a full-time supporter and cheerleader, to tone it down. Have already done some dusting and cleaning: unsubscribed from too many newsletters to start.

        Have you made new changes for this year?.


      • That’s a great piece to add next year–clean out subscriptions. I do that, too. Usually, it’s blogs I loved an article on but the rest not so much. It makes a big difference in the weight of the inbox, doesn’t it?


  3. “If you were asked to give a new writer one tip, what would that be?”

    Whatever you write, write it to the best of your ability.


  4. You always have great links and tips. I would tell a brand new writer so many things–join a critique group, their first written novel will not necessarily be their first published novel, they will learn new things with every single project, make their chapter beginnings pop and chapter endings be a hook so readers want more…I can keep going. I don’t think I could stick to one tip. 🙂


  5. Thanks Jacqui, will bookmark and digest later. Without reading any of the tips (and thanks to all who provided them – I KNOW they’ll be valuable) I would say that no matter how terrifying the thought of putting pen to paper, and no matter how many excuses or distractions we employ, just write, 100, 200, 500 words however many, and edit later.


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