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159 Clever Ways to Improve Your Writing

159 very clever ways to improve your writing and become more productive and more successful.

70 pages, ebook (PDF), £5.99

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Why you need this book

In today's ultra-competitive writing and publishing market, you need every advantage you can get. That's where our inspiring collection of writing ideas can help you.

Each of the 35 books in the ideas4writers collection is packed with versatile ideas, expert tips, and easy-to-implement practical advice.

You'll soon be writing brilliant books, amazing articles, and standout stories that will have readers, editors and publishers longing for more.

The WRITING collection includes:

  • Alternative co-writing
  • How to tell if your family and friends are good judges of your work
  • Clever ways to use your word processor's AutoCorrect feature
  • How to avoid interruptions and distractions
  • Easy ways to write biographies
  • How to get non-readers to read books
  • The many writing advantages of having a day job
  • The sort of friends every writer needs
  • How to tell if your writing is improving
  • How to tell if you're enough of an expert in your subject
  • Dealing with money and taxes
  • Establishing a daily, weekly, yearly and career-long writing plan
  • Getting published in other countries
  • How to be productive even when you aren't writing
  • Fourth-person point of view
  • How to make sure your readers letters get published
  • How to get someone to work for you for free (e.g. edit your book)
  • Easy ways to carry out research
  • Simple shorthand and speedreading
  • Very simple time management and to-do lists
  • And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!

Be a more inspired, more productive and more successful writer with the ideas4writers ideas collection.

Excerpt 1: Would like to but can't

What ambitions do you have that you’re never likely to achieve? What things would you dearly love to do that you’ll probably never get experience in real life? Writing gives you the chance to do those things. You can experience them in your head, then write them down and share them with everyone. It’s almost as good as doing it for real - or at least the closest you’re ever likely to get. It might even be much better than the real thing.

This is your chance to ...

  • run someone over
  • beat up someone who's much bigger than you
  • hurl a brick through someone's window
  • set fire to a building
  • cause computer chaos
  • abandon your car in the middle of the city and cause a gridlock
  • run naked along the high street
  • drive the wrong way up the motorway
  • overtake a police car
  • leap your car over a broken bridge
  • roll your car right over onto its roof and then back onto its wheels again
  • go ski jumping
  • win an Olympic gold medal
  • or any number of other things

Let's imagine you've now 'done' whatever it is you wanted to do. Was it as good (or as bad) as you imagined? What were the consequences? If it's something you've always dreamed of doing, it's probably best to make sure the outcome is a good one, otherwise it'll leave you feeling terribly disappointed.

But what if this thing you've always dreamed of doing turns out to be a bad experience?

Excerpt 2: Competitive editing

Here's something you might like to try. Offer to edit another writer's work for him, and get someone else to edit that same piece of writing as well. You're now in competition with each other to see who can find the most mistakes.

This is a great way of learning to edit more effectively and efficiently. The competition element forces you to scrutinise the writing more closely - and teaches you to do the same when you edit your own work.

Both competitors (and/or the author) will need to agree that the mistakes you've identified are actually mistakes, of course, not just differences of style. Some people use more commas than others, for example, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong.

This is also a good exercise for writing groups. Give each member an identical copy of a short story or article that's not quite up to publication standard, and get them to mark all the errors they find with a red pen. They could also suggest other improvements in style, rewording, and so on. At the next meeting, analyse the results and award a prize to whoever found the most genuine errors and/or made the best improvements. The person whose writing was being worked on will also have benefited from some free editing and critiquing. Perhaps each member could take it in turns to offer up one of their pieces for a regular (monthly, quarterly or yearly) editing competition. Or perhaps one of the members could write something that deliberately contains several errors, and everyone else has to try to spot them.

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