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The best writing tips

This two-page PDF contains the wisdom of an entire book on how to write better. Nay, it distills an entire shelf of the world’s greatest writing manuals (and I have them all). After 30 years as both a writer and editor I can’t think of much I would add to these 50 short tips. This PDF is now my favorite guide to writing well. You can print it out for free.

If you want its pithy reminders fleshed out with more examples, see the book form ($14). But the free tip sheet itself — one paper printed both sides — rewards a quick review anytime you get down to serious writing.

Michael says: I got frustrated with both pages on one page so I made a two-page PDF with it. It’s easier to print on both sides of it.

-- KK 06/5/19

Excerpt

14. Get the Name of the Dog. Dig for the concrete and specific, details that appeal to the senses.

18. Set the Pace with Sentence Length. Vary sentences to influence the reader’s speed.

23. Tune Your Voice. Read drafts aloud.

(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2011 — editors)