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

43 Words You Should Cut from Your Writing

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

27 best books on writing

Adding depth to your fiction — body language 101

Anatomy of a best — selling novel: structure part one

Change passive voice to active

Commonly Confused Words

Free online punctuation exercises

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

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,  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

Ten Quick Story Tips

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.

Writing Loglines

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.