Don’t let that screaming screen skew your writing

Don't let that screaming screen bug your writing

Writing and editing on a screen needs some careful thought

Even if you grew up with writing on a computer screen rather than on old-fashioned paper, there are still some issues you need to bear in mind about writing on screen that can skew your writing bigtime … if you let it.

Here are some tips based on my own experience of working on screens for the last 20 years or so, after a paper-based upbringing. [Read more…]

The A-2-Z of business blog writing: V is for Verbosity

Verbosity,business blogging,posts,editing,articles,business blogs,business writing,writing tips

Is verbosity a problem in
your business blog writing?

I’m the last writer in the world to object to words, verbosity-laden or not. But even I have to admit that too many words suck. How can you write what you want to express in your business blog posts without overdoing the verbiage? Here are some thoughts. [Read more…]

Writing a novel? For NaNoWriMo? Here’s how to bring yours alive – just in time!

How To Write Fiction Without The FussRemember how much we enjoyed Lucy McCarraher’s amazing series of tutorials called “How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss,” here on HTWB earlier this year?

Here’s some even better news… [Read more…]

Never mind how to write: learn how to edit

by Sandra Miller

small__299060326It’s no secret that modern people barely know how to write well. If you ask me, there are people who have great ideas and are talented enough to present them in a creative way, but the problem occurs when the editing part takes its turn. I wouldn’t go as far to say that people today don’t know how to write; I would just say that they simply don’t know how to edit their writing properly. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: submitting your manuscript successfully


Welcome to Part Thirty of this popular series. In this final part* of the series, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to submit your manuscript to a publisher or literary agent in the best possible, professional way, so – with luck – it will skip over the “slush pile” straight into the hands of an interested party. (*Don’t worry, by the way – Lucy is back in September with some really exciting new series – see below.)
How to write fiction without the fuss
Your story is the best you can make it; your manuscript is clean and professional; it’s time to send your baby into the big, wide world to seek its fortune. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: formatting that could make or break your manuscript


Welcome to Part Twenty-Nine of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to format your manuscript ready for submission to agents, publishers, et al. You may not think this deserves to be important, but it is – because it shows your professionalism and how serious you are about getting published.
How to write fiction without the fuss

Formatting your manuscript [Read more…]