Common Writing Errors and Writing Tips

Here are links to articles with writing tips or common writing errors authors make. Weeding out errors will tighten your prose and make your story easier to read.

4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept is Strong Enough

5 self-editing tips

6 insanely good dialogue tips

6 Ways to approach your edits with objectivity

7 Steps to Write Your First Novel

8 Tips for Punctuating Dialogue Tags

12 Common Writing Errors Even Bestselling Authors Make

12 Most Popular Grammar Questions and Answers on Writer’s Digest

27 best books on writing

43 Words You Should Cut from Your Writing

100+ ways to say “nodded”

Adding depth to your fiction — body language 101

American/Canadian/British English spelling guide

Anatomy of a best — selling novel: structure part one

Change passive voice to active

Common comma

Commonly Confused Words

Description: Fiction Without the Fillers, Story Without the Stuffing — by Kristin Lamb

Filter words and phrases it’s best to avoid

Free online punctuation exercises

Gender-neutral pronouns: singular “they”

Grammar Girl’s Editing Checklist

Here’s a novel outline that contains the common elements of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight

Here (with two years of exhausting photographic detail) is how to write a book

How NOT to start your novel

How to Create Subtext in Settings

How to Edit Your Own Lousy Writing

How to outline your novel

How to punctuate dialogue

How your hero’s past pain will determine his character flaws

Language Felonies

Lousy Writer Site — This site contains a free online resource to improve your writing skills and help you write better.

Most Common Writing Mistakes — a comprehensive list by K. M. Weiland

Most Common Writing Mistakes,  Pt. 58 — an excellent post on writing description, by K. M. Weiland

Punctuation infographic

Save Money on Professional Edits — 6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript

Showing Versus Telling

Start Your Novel with a Bang

Starting Sentences with -ing

Ten Quick Story Tips

Ten Reasons Why I’ll Quickly Reject Your Story by David Farland

Three Things to Do Before You Write a Book

Top six common comma problems

Top ten grammar myths

Using Hyphens for Kick-Ass Wordage

Editing Software

Natural Reader — A free version is offered for download. This text-to-speech software allows you to listen to someone else read your work, helping you to catch errors you might overlook when reading it yourself.

Online Editor — Grammar Checker

Genre Writing

The articles at these links address the specifics of writing in various genres:

Sexual Tension on the Sentence Level

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel, and Thriller Novel


How to easily write a great logline

The Logline as both a sales and writing tool — Excellent article on writing loglines. The logline should be written before the story. It’ll help you prove your concept.

The Log-Line: Can You Pitch Your ENTIRE Story in ONE Sentence? by Kristen Lamb


How to write a fight scene

How to write a scene

Writing Dialogue

Dialogue in fiction: part I — How to write authentic dialects and foreign accents

Writing Tools

A list of 194 tools and resources

Random Plot Generator — Stuck for a plot? No problem. This plot generator will provide one. The dropdown allows you to select from a variety of genres.