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Writerly Advice

†††† Despite being a certified teacher, I canít say how qualified I am to give advice about writing well, because in practice writing is a bit different for everyone. There is no magical key to unlock the writer inside any person. Each person develops his or her own methods. I can say I know practice will help make anyone a better writer. I also offer the following links as guides to help anyone improve his or her writing.

††††† My own recommendations are simple: Use spell check or check your spelling with a dictionary. Be aware of good grammar. If youíre not sure about something, look it up. Take advice whenever it is offered.


--Writerisms and Other Sins by C.J. Cherryh

--Writing Advice from John Hewitt

--Good Advice from Angrybee



Foreign Languages

Using foreign languages is fine if you know them.

 Do not try to write in a language with which you are not fluent. If you cannot naturally and correctly switch tenses between past, present, past-perfect, and future tenses: do not attempt to write using the language!

 Do not use translator dictionaries to cobble together a sentence; it shows.

 Do not mix and match languages. Using a smattering of foreign words in your story does not add intelligence or sophistication to you or your story.

 Use foreign words for proper names, or when a cultural concept does not translate into the language you are using.

 Use foreign words to emphasize a characterís foreign-ness when he speaks.

 Use foreign words in moderation.

 Always, always provide a translation at the bottom of the page.


--Dictionaries in many languages

(because even foreign words need to be spelled correctly).