Headed Back to Writing Basics

Last week you asked your friends to complete a scorecard to determine just how well you really write, now it’s time to head back to school, figuratively speaking. Today, you’re headed back to basics.

Based on your score from the 10 categories, you may need help in any of the areas, as a result, click on the provided links to get started. It might be useful to remind you that each of the categories in last week’s scorecard had a helpful link explaining the category and gave you some helpful hints. Just saying, it could be a starting point for you.

This got a conversation started, when was the last time you sat down and completed sentence exercises, or filled out a character bio sheet?

All too often writers begin thinking that all is well, they remember the material and there’s no need to understand the grammar concept further, or revisit what setting the scene actually entails.

It never hurts to go back to basics, so check in below for some helpful exercises, tools, and sites.

Sergei Tsimberov created Writing Exercises for Creative Fiction Writers; it includes characterization, prose, style, and language. The exercises can be found on the University of Iowa’s Writing Center site.

For a broader approach, check out the Daily Writing Tips’ 10 Writing Exercises to Tighten Your Writing.

For fast grammar references, look no further than the Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips.

You can always brush up with a little Mental Floss and their Common Grammar Mistakes and Misspellings.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have helpful tips to go back to basics, leave a link in the comments section. The latest updates can be found on my official website, and the conversation’s always going on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, use the Hashtag #WritersConquest. As always, kick some ass and be proud of what you do.


Published by thomasafowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things, entertaining readers by writing primarily science fiction. An award-winning author, he self-publishes some books while pursuing the traditional route with his feature-length projects. Fowler works as a Producer/Project Manager to help pay the bills, especially since he is a father of four. He's had work featured in Buzzfeed, AdAge, Creativity Online, and is a proud Hufflepuff, INFJ, and forever Team Cap!

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