Writing Articles

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Letters of an old typewriterTips about Writing in General

Basic Principles #1–More Than Good Grammar

Basic Principles #2–Strong Words

Basic Principles #3–Polishing and Revising

Writing an Article

Power Verb Exercise-

Passive Voice Exercise

Effective Sentences

Complete Sentences Exercise

Sentence Division Exercise

Cliche Exercise

Synonyms for Power Verbs

Choosing Titles

Critique Groups

Tips about Writing Short Stories

Building a Story #1 – Plotting a Story

Building a Story #2 – Parts of a Story

Building a Story #3 – Beginning Construction

Building a Story #4 – Polishing and Revising

Getting Ideas Exercise

Theme Exercise

Show, Don’t Tell

Show, Don’t Tell Exercise

Dialog Tags

Plot Evaluation Exercise

Tips about Writing for Publication

Formatting Your Work for Editors

Long and Short Range Goals

Getting Started in Pub #1–Marketing

Getting Started in Pub #2–Writing for a Market

Query Letters

What Editors Wish New Writers Knew

Finding Time to Write

Should I Write a Book?

Book Publishing Options

Selling Rights to Articles and Short Stories

Good Writing Records

Adam Blumer’s Tips for Writers

Christian Writers’ Conferences

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6 thoughts on “Writing Articles

  1. Hey! We met at the 2010 OASIS. I need your opinion. Is it easier to develop your character as you write, or to do it before? Thanks.

    • Hi Christy,
      You need much more character development in a long piece, like a book, than you do in a short story of 1200 to 2000 words, but in either case, you need to know your characters. Plot flows out of characters. Characters help determine plot. You can start with either plot or characters but you need to have a basic idea of your plot and characters before you begin to write. As you write keep your characters in character so that they say, think and do what your character would say, think and do. But, of course, you can change your characters or plot to make your story work as it progresses. In the end you need interesting, well-rounded, true-to-life characters put in a situation that makes them sweat.

      Hope this helps.


  2. Thanks for the help. My sister said that I should write a short paragraph or outline with the basic points of my story. I think it’s a good idea. What do you think?

    • Every person works differently. You need to find out what works for you. But before you begin the actual writing of a story you should have an idea of where it is going and what you are going to include in the beginning and middle and end. As you get ideas, jot them down before you forget them. I like to walk and try out different ideas in my mind. Some writers like to have everything planned before they write. Others need to just get everything down on paper as it occurs to them. Then they have something to work with. Both kinds of writers need to revise and polish, but those who plan less need to work harder on their revisions. You’ll notice that I include a variety of checklists to help you evaluate and revise what you have written.

  3. I appreciate the articles regarding how to improve writing. I am new and would like to improve a great deal in writing. I will be reading more of your articles, thankyou for your time. Josh. Colossions 3:15

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