15 Famous Rejection Slips

Rejection slips are part of a writer’s landscape. All authors get them at one time or another, and they usually reflect the opinion of one particular reader — often an…

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Writing with a tomato

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time-management many writers find useful. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s and takes its name from the tomato-shaped kitchen timer…

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Check your popularity with n-grams

Y’all know about n-grams, right? Wikipedia nails ’em: … an n-gram is a contiguous sequence of n items from a given sequence of text or speech. The items can be phonemes,…

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Bad writing for beginners

Toby Litt on bad writing: Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or…

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Five quotes on writing from Ian Rankin

I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends. I don’t have many friends. It’s not because…

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5 English language myths

The problem — and the delight — of the English language is that there is no such thing as Standard English. Plenty of other languages have language regulators, but there…

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Do you know about Reader View?

  I do a lot of reading, from books, e-readers and online, but the latter is my least favourite medium for a couple of reasons: 1: Ads I block ads,…

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Show, don’t tell

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Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules for Writers

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Secret writer’s tools – The G&O Style Guide

Pacman or Pac-Man? Phony or phoney? Post-modern or postmodern? At some point in your writing you’re going to need a style guide. Many publishers use the definitive Chicago Manual of…

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