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.
- Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide
- Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours
- The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (good for nonfiction writers, too)
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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:
- Florida Christian Writers Conference
- Mid-South Christian Writers Conference (Memphis area)
- Write to Publish (Chicago area)
- Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (Elizabethtown, KY, near Louisville)
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.