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Monday, October 29, 2007

Top Writing Tips from BBC

  • Read, read, and read! This is one of the best ways to improve your writing. You get inspiration, ideas, insights; you discover new words and new writing styles which will help you to shape and improve your own writing.
  • Write, write, and write! Often people feel that their words have to flow and sound right as soon as they hit the page. If all writers did this nothing would ever get published. Don't wait for the plots, the words and the lines to shape themselves perfectly in your head before you start writing. You can shape your ideas once they are on the paper. Think of yourself as a sculptor - you need a vision but you also need something to sculpt with. If you don't get something down on paper then you haven't got any raw materials to work with.
  • Use the right tools. Dictionaries, thesauri, and reference books are essential tools for writers. They help you make sure that your writing is accurate and clear. They can also help spark your imagination - discovering a new word or a trivial fact could be the beginning of a story.

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