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 do!
Cut!: 4 Strategies for Trimming Your Content via LitReactor – Sometimes the hardest part of writing is having to reduce your word count. We get so attached to our words that cutting them out of our stories is like removing a limb. But of course, paring down your pieces is the name of the writing game. Rob D. Young advises writers on how to let go of words they don’t need.
Phrases We Need to Find and Kill via WOW-Women On Writing – Many writers start off by imitating what they read or hear growing up. Like “write what you know.” But take a closer look at some of the common phrases we use in our writing. What’s wrong with having a character say, “I thought to myself?” Brenda Hill helps writers identify some redundancies or silly phrases we use.
Three Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Realistic (and More Lovable) via The Write Practice – Readers don’t just need gripping plot twists, larger-than-life love affairs, or supernatural creatures to keep them turning pages. One of the most important aspects of any good story is a relatable protagonist. Follow these three tips to keep readers engaged with—and fighting for—your main character.
Writing a book is like running a marathon via Crissi Langwell – Based on her experience, published author Crissi Langwell gives aspiring novelists tips on how to approach writing a novel. She says that the trick is to start small, “I mean, you wouldn’t run a marathon without training, right?”
30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors via BuzzFeed – Most of the time, BuzzFeed is where you go to get your pop culture and cute animal updates. However, this doesn’t mean the site can’t provide writers with some wisdom. In particular, Jack Shepherd compiles writing tips from some of the most influential authors. Read them, get motivated, and write.