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The New Year is great time to resolve to get in shape, go on a diet, pump a little iron. Why not get your writing in shape, too?  Below, I share some of the methods I’ve used to improve my skills.


A chapter per day or per week can help you review grammar, style, and usage rules. Also, those rules change over time. Keeping up with the changes is essential.


Many blogs for writers deal mainly with publishing. These blogs are about writing itself. Subscribe to one or more for a regular dose of writing knowledge.


Learn online, sometimes for free, with webinars.  Some are archived, while others are live. Check out Writer’s Digest Free Webinars.


Westbow Press offers a list of upcoming conferences here. I have experience with the following myself:

Readers, have you used any of these resources? Have you participated in webinars that helped you? Attended any of these conferences? Please comment on this post and share links, applicable.

4 Responses to Get Your Writing in Shape

  1. Terry Whalin January 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm #


    Thank you for this great article.

    I wrote Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams with the intention, the reader could work through each chapter and apply it to their writing life.

    Also I encourage your readers to subscribe to my blog–which has over 1300 searchable entries in it: The Writing Life (loads of writing how-to content).

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Emily Akin January 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Thanks, Terry. I reviewed Jumpstart on this blog last fall:

  3. Tracy Crump January 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    I’ve attended all but the Write to Publish Conference and learned something different at each. You’ve listed some great resources. Our new ACFW chapter decided today to work through another valuable writing book, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Thanks for the good advice.

  4. Emily Akin January 17, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    Thanks for mentioning Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Tracy. It’s an oldie but goodie. I had completely forgotten about that one. There’s a copy around here somewhere.

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