First, happy anniversary! Hope you have a fabulous day! Second, haveany advice for an aspiring writer? It seems like whatever I write downis never right in line with what was in my head…

Sure! Here’s some writing tips, I suppose. At least, this is what has always worked for me.

-Read. Read all the time. Read anything you can get your hands on. YA books, classic lit, historical nonfiction…anything and everything.

-Try different styles until you figure out what works best for you. For instance, after much trial-and-error, I’ve found that my best POV is third person limited. Yours might be first, or third omniscient.

-The book Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams is the best resource you can read. I first came across the book in my Advanced Comp & Rhet class, and I wish you could see my copy now. It is worn out! It trains you to write simply and without falling back on passive voice, amongst many other things. It’s absolutely fabulous.

-Write all the time. Carry a notebook with you, or type on your iPod or iPad if you have one. My netbook fits in my purse, so I carry it eve-ry-whar.

So that’s basically what’s helped me improve my writing! But if anyone else has tips, I’d love to hear them too!

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