Our staff members are always on the lookout for the latest tips, trends, and helpful tools for writers so we can better guide our clients and readers. And while we’ve always offered a variety of free staff-written articles, our Links Roundup posts provide readers with regular updates on our favorite online resources offered by other websites. We hope you enjoy the following five resources as much as we did!
10 Things Emerging Writers Need To Learn via The Missouri Review — Managing Editor of The Missouri Review, Michael Nye, offers advice to emerging writers. With nuggets of wisdom pertaining to the writing industry, workshop etiquette, and managing your writing, his advice can help even the most seasoned of writers.
Grammar Rules Everyone Should Follow via The Guardian — We often link to grammar articles because, honestly, you can never have too many grammar articles stashed away for your reference. This article discusses nine grammatical conventions to help foster clarity, consistency, and a touch of elegance in your writing. Split infinitives, dangling participles, and ending a sentence with a preposition—brush up on your grammar with Thomas Jones.
Creating a strong, weak character via What About Writing? — There are lots of articles online that cover the bases for writing “strong characters,” but most of them tend to cover only characters who are strong rather than strongly written characters of all types. This article offers great tips for creating characters whose weak psychologies are written effectively and convincingly.
How to Write Realistic Dialogue via Writability — Writing convincing dialogue can be tricky; you want it to flow naturally and not sound phony or stilted. Broken down in easy-to-understand bullet points in “do” and “don’t” categories, Ava Jae offers great tips on how to write realistic dialogue and even discusses the importance of silence and unresponsiveness. If you write prose, you’ll definitely benefit from reading this.
Foreign words with no specific English translation, describing experiences we all have [11 pictures] via 22 Words — Writers interested in foreign languages understand that translating writing to and from Standard American English isn’t necessarily an easy task. Who knows why it takes an entire phrase in English to say what another language can in just one word?! With illustrated examples, this article shares eleven non-English words. Try incorporating them into our vernacular and be the hit of the party!