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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Show, don’t tell

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Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules for Writers

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Test your text for flabby writing

WritersDiet is a readability tool with a difference. Enter a text sample — from 100 to 1,000 words — and it will tell you whether your writing is flabby or…

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First Drafts

From Neil Cross’s excellent essay on the subject: First drafts, man. They’re just shit. … You’ve got to trust your own judgement – and during the first draft, all that…

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