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New Media, New Grammatical Errors

Texts, tweets, instant messages, e-mails, and visual presentations featuring bulleted lists are relatively new on the scene, and the grammatical rules governing them are still evolving. Nevertheless, most [more…]

5 Things to Check for Grammatical Perfection

Looking over a piece of writing before you sign off on it is a good habit to form. Remember to check these common spots that attract trouble: [more…]

1,001 Grammar Practice Questions For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As the old cliché says, "practice makes perfect," and while you're on the road to grammar perfection, a quick glance at the rules for proper grammar usage may help. Review some basic — and important — [more…]

Building Your Writing From the Basics: Total Immersion

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Keeping going with your writing can be hard, so here’s a look at ways in which you can write a lot in a short space of time. [more…]

Examining the Elements of a Novel: Using the Senses

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Here’s a look at ways in which you can make sure that the story you’re writing has something in it that appeals to all your readers. [more…]

Starting to Write a Novel: Writing from Pictures

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Getting up a head of steam is difficult when you're writing a novel, so here’s a look at how you can use visual aids to get you past [more…]

Finishing Up Your Novel: Deepening the Shallows

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Finishing your novel is a bit like cleaning your house. OK, everyone cleans their house in a different way [more…]

10 Novels You Need to Read and Why

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Making a list of your ten favourite novels is great fun: Great fun, that is, in conversation with friends. Apart from anything else, [more…]

Setting Realistic Creative Writing Goals

Commit yourself to some specific, realistic targets before you start creative writing. Don’t make your targets too ambitious – just write little and often. Consider the following writing tips: [more…]

Get Writing Creatively with the Right Methods

Here are some positive ways to get into a creative mindset when preparing to write. Use some or all of these ideas to boost your creativity – and your original writing. [more…]

Building Up Characters in the Creative Stories You Write

When writing your creative story, remember that the heart of a story is always its characters. Here are some ways to develop and deepen the characters within your creative writing: [more…]

Setting the Scene for Your Creative Story

With creative writing, describing the world of your story is essential to a good narrative. Here are some tips for setting your scene when you're creating a written story: [more…]

Plotting Your Story When Writing Creatively

When writing your story, plot is essential in holding together all the other elements of your fiction. Here are some tips to help you structure your creative story: [more…]

Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The best way to produce successful pieces of creative writing is to write, write, write. Here are loads of practical tips to get your creative juices flowing. [more…]

Using Personality Types to Create Characters in Your Written Stories

Employers, psychologists and others today use personality tests to assess a person’s aptitude for tasks and to help resolve personal problems and conflicts. These tests can help creative writers find and [more…]

Describing Things Afresh in the Story You're Writing

When you describe an object in creative writing, a person or a place, finding the right words can be difficult if you want to avoid falling back on cliché. Readers have become so used to certain words [more…]

Plotting Your Creative Story with ‘What Ifs?’

Many written stories start with an idea generated by asking ‘What if . . .?’: What if humans discovered that they’re not alone? What if a volcanic explosion triggered a tsunami that destroyed a major city [more…]

Addressing the Question of Your Creative Writing Style

When you come to revise your written work, you often find that the style has evolved from the beginning to the end, so that you have to go back and rewrite the beginning in the style of the last chapters [more…]

Dispelling 10 Myths about Creative Writing

You hear a lot of potentially damaging misconceptions about writing. Here are ten common myths and a toss toward where they belong – in the waste bin. Don’t let them get in the way of your creativity! [more…]

Proper Name That's Plural: Apostrophe or Not?

How do you know when to add an apostrophe to more than one of something that forms a proper noun, such as a person's last name? You don't have to be a grammar wizard to get the right answer. If you want [more…]

When to Use Capital Letters

In English grammar, you need to know when to capitalise words. Sometimes the capital letter signifies the part of a sentence or simply indicates someone's name [more…]

Sorting Pronouns

Pronouns are handy words that take the place of the names of people, places, and things. Be sure to give every pronoun a proper job. Here is what you need to know about pronouns: [more…]

Dealing with Verb Tenses

In English grammar, verbs change in form to tell the time period, or tense. You use different verbs to indicate whether an action has already happened, is currently happening, will happen in the future [more…]

Elements of a Complete English Sentence

To write a complete sentence, applying proper rule of English grammar, you must use several different items. Make sure that your sentences have all of these elements: [more…]

Basic English Grammar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

English grammar is not a mystery; it's a set of traditions and patterns of language handed down through the ages. With a little practice, you can learn the rules of Standard English so you can express [more…]

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