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Some Rules for Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing".
Another important rule about writing - Show, and don't tell. Do you prefer to write by telling what is happening? Or do you prefer showing what is happening in your story, rather than telling? If you want to know more about how to do it, please read this informative post, written by an experienced editor. http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/02/the-secret-to-show-dont-tell.html

Some Useful Tips for Writers

I came across some very useful blog postings which I thought will be useful to at least some of you. Please go through each of them and make your own decision. What are your writing tips that you learned along the way. Read here one of the writers 7 tips.Want to become a better writer? Read Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer Are you a fan of Short story? Then this is for you. Short is the New Long: 10 Reasons Why Short Stories are Hot

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Five useful quotations from famous writers

1.Don't write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.
By Ethan Canin2. It doesn’t matter if your lead character is good or bad. He just has to be interesting, and he has to be good at what he does.
By David Chase3. Remember that you should be able to identify each character by what he or she says. Each one must sound different from the others. And they should not all sound like you.
By Anne Lamott4.Any fiction should be a story. In any story there are three elements: persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed. If nothing has changed, it isn’t a story.
By Malcolm Cowley5.Dialogue which does not move the story along, or add to the mood of the story, or have an easily definable reason for being there at all (such as to establish important characterization), should be considered superfluous and therefore cut.
By Bill Pronzini