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Who Wants to Be a Better Writer?


In this posWritert-modern world where everyone is encouraged to express their opinion to the universe—in 140 characters or less on occasion—we should all strive to be better at articulating our thoughts in writing.

I laugh along with everyone else at the cartoons about the Grammar Police and the proper use of “there, their, and they’re,” but why is it funny? When did poor grammar become a joke?

This morning I was interviewed about a fundraising event our writers’ group is hosting. It’s sad to think that we needed a fundraiser. Why would a non-profit organization that promotes better writing not be filled to the brim with members? You can’t throw a stick without hitting a blogger.  Most people do some sort of writing every day in their job.

Whether one writes reports, articles, direct mail copy, blogs, marketing material, novels, instructional pieces, web copy, emails or even personal correspondence by hand (gasp!), it’s important to present oneself as an intelligent person.  We rely on spell-check and grammar correcting programs too much.

Being part of a group that teaches when to use “further” instead of “farther” helps to make you a better writer. It makes for better reading, too. It’s not about looking like a smarty-pants. It’s about making the reader’s experience more enjoyable or more informative, without making them get out a red pen to correct you.

When a reader decides they know more than you, they stop reading. Period. Your article, blog, instructions, or story is no longer relevant to their needs.

If you’re a writer (and you certainly are) join a writers’ group. Take a class. Learn, grow, and improve. If you’re the one who already knows it all, then join a group to help others. Please. The universe needs you.

Fothumbnail kimr information about my local writers’ organization, visit www.panhandleprowriters.org.

by Kimberly Black

Kimberly Black is an award-winning author of both fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. She is the President-Elect of Panhandle Professional Writers in the Texas Panhandle.

To learn more visit https://kimblackink.com.

 

 

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10 Blogs for Writers Plus a Bonus


I thought I might pass on links to some of my favorite blogs.  So, I’ve assembled a list of 10, plus a bonus blog, because I just couldn’t stop at 10.

These blogs offer advice and tips from editors, agents and writers on all aspects of the writing life.  Some include writing prompts from time to time, for those days when you just can’t seem to get started.  A couple of these blogs are genre-specific and might not interest everyone.

I’ve picked these up from friends on facebook, from Writer’s Digest lists and from recommendations by fellow writers.  One of them, called Write News is news on the latest issues and advances in the areas of marketing, publishing  and copyright.  I look to Grammar Book for help with issues of grammar and usage that often plague even the best of us.

The bonus blog is one I think should be an essential for a every writer.  It’s maintained by the Science Fiction Writers Association, but is devoted to helping new writers and well-published writers alike avoid getting scammed.

Enjoy surfing through these sites and comment on the ones you liked.  Either click on the link or copy and paste in your browser.

http://advancedfictionwriting.com/

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

http://teenshiver.blogspot.com/

http://www.authormedia.com/

http://sixsentences.blogspot.com/

http://www.grammarbook.com/

http://abookinside.blogspot.com/

http://fictionwriting.about.com/

http://www.writenews.com/

http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/

Bonus Link

http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/

These are only a small sample of the excellent blogs out there for writers.  Do you have a favorite I’ve missed, or a blog of your own on writing?  Tell us about it, please.

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