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Top 10 Tips for Writers in 2016

top ten 2016Every week (well, most weeks), I share a tip with writers, a trick that 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 Writer’s Tips, according to readers:

  1. 19 Self-editing Tips
  2. 13 Tips for Cozy Mystery Writers
  3. 7 Tips for Literary Fiction Writers
  4. 10 Tips Guaranteed to Rescue Your Story
  5. 6 Tips for Western Fiction Writers
  6. 21 Tips from Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style”
  7. Beware the gerund
  8. Too Many Prepositional Phrases is Bad
  9. 10 Tips from Janet Burroway
  10. 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript

Here are the Top Ten Tech Tips for Writers, according to my readers:

  1. The Five Second Back-up
  2. Typing Over Text and How to Stop It
  3. The 3-Click Rule
  4. What the Heck Does ‘Print Screen’ Do?
  5. Quick Search for Plagiarized Images
  6. How to Screenshot
  7. How to Embed Google Docs
  8. Auto-add a Period, Caps Lock, and More on an IPad
  9. Save Your File so Everyone Can Read it
  10. How to use Google Street View

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, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.


43 thoughts on “Top 10 Tips for Writers in 2016

  1. Pingback: Writers Tips #102: 17 Tips from The Careful Writer | WordDreams...

    • That is a good tip. If I don’t work my story for a few days, I feel disconnected, which I then confuse with the story being disconnected. I really must keep at it at least a bit every day.


  2. I just came across a book that make me think of you. It was The Emotions Thesaurus. Look up an emotion and it will give you tons of ways to uniquely express that emotion. Seemed up your alley, as it was similar to some of your posts.

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  3. Lots of super useful info in this post, Jacqui, thank you. I especially like the ones intended to help us stay out of trouble and those to help us edit our work.

    As for my favorite writer’s tip: read your work out loud. It’s a different experience from reading silently, and you are much more likely to catch all kinds of errors, plot holes, character blunders, and inconsistencies. Personally I don’t think there is a better way to edit than to read your own work aloud.

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    • Hi Jacqui.
      My Gravatar does not link to my site?
      How does one get that working?
      But at other sites…
      Clicking on my pix
      Leads one back to my site
      Wonder why it does not work here
      No issues
      Be well


  4. Hi Jacqui – these are always helpful to refer back to … my tip would be: read your work and make sure you haven’t made any ghastly errors – eliminating the first run through … cheers Hilary

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