Every writing style has its own set of rules and fine points that make it effective. To learn them, or just to brush up on your skills, you need quality guides that will help you discover what they are and what the finer points really are. For some of us, it’s purely the desire for information that causes us to follow, bookmark, and absorb the information contained in these posts. At the bottom, I included sites to complete courses you can take free of charge on almost anything you’d like to learn.
This collection only includes some of the best guides for beginner and expert online writers that I’ve come across so far. If you have any to add, feel free to add them in the comments, or write a response post and send the link.
1.The 7 Deadly Mistakes People Make When Submitting Press Releases ebook from Online PR News is excellent for writing and submitting releases.
2.How to Write an Effective Press Release from Quick Start SEO has a thorough guide that talks about style, mood, and other finer points as well as the SEO aspects.
3.How to Write an SEO Press Release from Green Doc is another you’ll want to browse through before getting started.
4.Web Copy Style from Provenance Unknown.com has great in-depth guide for anyone writing content specifically for web pages. It includes how to deal with style as well as the technical side of the style including capitalization, grammar, and punctuation.
5.How To Write Effective Web Copy from isitebuild.com has a great step by step guide through the process of actually using the style.
Email Marketing Copy
6. How To Write Effective Emails from PowerHomeBiz.com has lots of great tips for marketing style in general as well as email marketing copy.
7. 7 Steps to Effective Email Marketing from cd email solutions is an excellent guide as is the next source:
8. 10 Tips for Effective Email Sales Letters from the Street Directory.
SEO Style and Article Marketing
SEO Content Solutions has some great resources for beginner copywriters.
9. The Bare Bones Basics of Writing SEO Copy is a straightforward post on…well…the bare basics of SEO.
10.Article Marketing Writing Technique SEO Copywriters builds on the basics for those starting into article marketing.
11.Search Engine Copywriting: Comprehensive Guide For Beginners To Content Writing For Search Engine Optimization is an excellent guide for the actual writing process.
12.How to Write the Perfect ‘About’ Page (by Numbers) by Skelliewag.org offers a step by step guide for a great about page.
13.How To Blog: A Beginner’s Blog Publishing Guide by Master New Media helped me start my first blog.
14.You Need a Blog Strategy from Problogger is one of many in this bible for bloggers.
Proofreading Tips And Hints
15.Can I get away with it? 12 common grammatical errors YOUR probably making! Recently published by Divine Write is a great grammar guide that won’t have you snoring after the first paragraph.
16.14 Foolproof Proofreading Tips for Bloggers from Copyblogger doesn’t get to the nitty grity of proof reading, but it definitely helps. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.
General Writing Style
17.Guide to AP style from Dr. Michael S Sweeney of Utah State University doesn’t contain all of the rules and guidelines, but it is certainly a good start and a great companion to the AP stylebook.
18.Cute Writing has an excellent series on punctuation use which includes great posts on using semicolons, brackets, capitalization, and much more.
19.Paramedic Method: A Lesson in Writing Concisely from Owl is great for those who want to brush up on the ‘concise’ area of their style.
20.Juicy Studio wins for an informative set of posts on writing style. It contains information on grammar, style, and ‘zero tolerance’ you will find interesting.
21.50 of the Best Websites for Writers from EduChoices has one of the best collections of reference sites I’ve seen. If you fact check, are interested in general writing sites, fiction, non-fiction, or freelancing (which should basically cover everyone) you’ll want to bookmark and refer to this site. (They have free biology/science courses underneath that I plan to get to eventually.)
22.12 Free Online Class Sites from The Times They Are A Changing is an info addict’s paradise.
23.50+ Open Courseware Writing Classes from the World’s Leading Universities from College Degree.com will fill in where The Times They Are A Changing left off.
24.100+ Free Open Courseware Links for Writers from MatchACollege.com is fabulous.
25.Online Copywriting 101: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet from Grokdotcom.com has a goldmine of various sources for writers including tips for headlines, email marketing, blogs and more.
February 2, 2009 at 4:16 am | For the Writer | 7 comments