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10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit. There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.”

10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit

But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that. That proposal or email you wrote must now compete for attention with Facebook and the Huffington Post. Here’s how to compete more effectively, and why you’re not doing it already. (The wall chart for these is at the bottom of the post.) 1 Write shorter.

Why it matters. Why you write long. How to fix it. 2 Shorten your sentences. Why it matters. Why your sentences are too long. How to fix it. 3 Rewrite passive voice. Why it matters. Why you write passive. How to fix it. 4 Eliminate weasel words. Why it matters. Why you use weasel words. How to fix it. 5 Replace jargon with clarity.

Why it matters. Why you use jargon. How to fix it. 6 Cite numbers effectively. Why it matters. Why you use numbers the wrong way. Literature and Latte - Scrivener Writing Software. Fiction writing softwate. Writing-the-Fiction-Series-worksheets-1. Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Links for Writers. For those who have asked and those who may, this collection of links for writers, researchers and the terminally curious is not, was never intended to be, and will never be the all-inclusive stash of every possible link fitting our slapdash criteria for what belongs here.

Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Links for Writers

We select sites with some consideration and thought for usefulness, depth, interest and je ne sais quoi and we try not to offer fifty different links to "manuscript submission. " Sometimes we find a really cool site on a subject we already cover and mull over which link to keep and which to set free, sometimes we keep both and add a third. We lean toward linking to cool sites maintained by people we've met in the ether, but don't use a friend's site if there's a better site elsewhere. We don't link to just anybody and seldom link to commercial sites such as "Learn to Write in Five Days" or "We Will Publish Your Book" unless there is some -- no, make that a lot of -- free, useful content.

Feel free to suggest links. Literature and Latte - Scrivener Tutorial Videos. Get up and running with Scrivener.

Literature and Latte - Scrivener Tutorial Videos

The videos presented below are designed to supplement Scrivener's interactive tutorial (Help > Interactive Tutorial) by providing visual demonstrations of some of the program's features. Our videos are also available on [YouTube]. An Introduction to Scrivener A ten-minute overview of Scrivener that covers all the main features. Recommended for those who just want to get up and running as quickly as possible. [Small] [Large] (9m 57s) ScreenCastsOnline - Episode 275 We are pleased to sponsor a full ScreenCastsOnline episode, featuring Scrivener 2.0, available for everyone to view for free. [YouTube] (35m 39s) Snapshots Learn how to take "snapshots" of different versions of your documents, review revisions using the Compare feature, and restore earlier versions when you're unhappy with your edits.

[Small] [Large] (3m 35s) Page View [Small] [Large] (2m 25s) Lion Full Screen [Small] [Large] (4m 26s) Composition Mode Backdrop [Small] [Large] (1m 40s) Name Generator.