1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Help with Writing

By

Writing is a skill many people take for granted. But the truth is, we are judged on our ability to write well, whether we're filling out an application, writing a letter, promoting our business, or sending a simple email. Right or wrong, your writing shouts social status. Make sure your own writing matches the image you want to portray.

 

Our collection of writing articles will help you identify problems and fix them. Don't see what you need? Leave a comment. We'll do something about it.

1. 10 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Writing by Patagonik Works - Getty Images
Patagonik Works - Getty Images
This is a nice, eclectic collection of things you can do to improve your writing, from understanding different forms--essay, research, story, speech--to find a creative space in which to write.

2. 6 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Digital Vision - Getty Images
Digital Vision - Getty Images
Along the same lines as No. 1, these six tips are things any writer can do. They're simple, and best of all, they're free! Any one of them will help you improve your writing. Pick one and do it. Now.

3. How to Write an Essay in 5 Steps

Comstock - Getty Images
Comstock - Getty Images
You will find lots of advice on the Internet about how to write an essay. Some articles make it look easy, and some are so long and complicated I never make it to the end. Bah. We condensed the essay form into five easy steps. That is not to say writing an essay easy. It can still be difficult, especially a good essay, but understanding the form itself is easy.

4. Writing a Personal Essay

Andrea Chu - Getty Images
Andrea Chu - Getty Images
The personal essay is one kind of essay assignment you're very likely to get at some point in your education. It's a very special kind of essay because you are the expert. Do it right, and you'll have a lot of fun with this kind of writing.

5. Writing a Research Paper

China - Stringer - Getty Images
China - Stringer - Getty Images
Writing a research paper can be very satisfying when you choose a topic for which you have a passion. Actually, that's the key to most successful writing. Choose a topic you care about and the writing will be much easier.

6. 10 Places to Research Papers

New York Public Library by victoriapeckham - Flickr
victoriapeckham - Flickr
The Internet isn't the only, or best, place to conduct your research for papers. Some of the old tried and true methods are still incredibly helpful, and don't forget real, living and breathing experts: people.

7. The Importance of Understanding the Hero's Journey in Story

The Hero's Journey by Rebecca Emery - Getty Images
Rebecca Emery - Getty Images
If creative writing or fiction is your thing, an understanding of the hero's journey will make a tremendous difference in the success of your stories. Hero's journey elements can be found in every satisfying story since the beginning of time. And that's no exaggeration.

8. 5 Quick English Grammar Tips

Homer Simpson - Getty Images
Getty Images
Even educated people make grammar mistakes. When we hear mistakes so often, it's easy to forget the proper way of saying something. Don't make these five common mistakes. Please.

9. 3 Times to Use Uppercase, or Capital, Letters

pbnj productions--Getty Images
pbnj productions--Getty Images
Do you know when to capitalize words? I'm often surprised by the odd words I see capitalized. This is a quick, easy thing to learn that will improve your writing immediately.

10. How to Write SMAART Goals and Objectives

George Doyle - Getty Images
George Doyle - Getty Images
When you really want something, the best way to get it is to write it down. When you write SMAART goals, you are in a very small percentage of people who know how to get what they want. Are your goals SMAART?

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.