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Writing Basics
This section is devoted to articles covering the basics of fiction writing and language use.

I Don't Need No Double Negatives!
by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta
"I don't want no sympathy from you." What does this statement really mean?

Style: the Rhythm of Prose
by Tina Morgan
Good prose has a sound or rhythm all its own. Learning how to write good prose isn't something that any book or article can teach you, but there are several things you can do to improve your writing.

Heteronyms, Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones
by Lee Masterson
Witch wyrd do ewe put inn yore storey? Are you familiar with the types of words that look or sound the same, yet look or sound different to the one you originally intended to use?

Common Mechanical Pitfalls
by Dr. Vicki Hinze
When asked, a group of editors from top publishing houses responded that there are several mechanical errors in works submitted by authors that can sway their decision to accept or reject a manuscript.

Common Writing Mistakes
by Michael Larocca
Most books aren't rejected because the stories are 'bad'. They're rejected because they're not ready to read. Take a look at this list to see if any of the points will help to improve your own writing!

How to Firm Up Flabby Prose
by Beth Mende Conny
Put your writing on a diet and trim off the excess flab with this useful guide.

Dangling Modifiers
by Lee Masterson
Many writers unintentionally use dangling modifiers and risk looking like an amateur. Do you know how to spot one? This article has some tips on spotting and rectifying dangling modifiers.

Ending Sentences With Prepositions
by David Bowman
Many writers tend to end sentences with prepositions - so should you?

Some Sticky Grammar Situations
by Jan K., the Proofer.
This article takes a look at ways to avoid making some ugly mistakes in your writing, and why you should never rely on your spellchecker.

Ten Rules of Capitalization for Fiction Writers
by Terry W. Ervin II

While writing and self-editing a novel or short story, questions about what should and should not be capitalized often crop up, causing frustration. This article lists and illustrates basic capitalization rules along a few of the less common situations fiction writers may encounter.

Common Mistakes New Writers Make - and How to Avoid Them
by Lucia Zimmitti
Writing is like any other skill in that you have to do a lot of it to get better. There isn't any way around that, but you can identify mistakes common to new writers and learn to stop making them before they become habit.


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