Basics

This section covers some of the basic nuts and bolts of writing. These are the everyday things you will need to get right in order to make your work easy to read and understand.

It’s true that publishers have sub-editors to tidy up manuscripts before they are put into print. However, you are unlikely to persuade a publisher to do that for you unless your work is in a good condition from the outset. Everybody in the writing industry has a slush pile packed with over-optimistic submissions of dubious quality. One of the first ways that agents and publishers thin the pile is by weeding out anything that is badly presented or full of grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s sad but true.

It's also essential to anyone writing prose that you know how to handle dialogue and narrative point of view. We've included a quick guide to both.

Click on the links below for more:

Formatting

Punctuation, grammar and spelling

Dialogue

Point of view