Most of what I've learned about writing has been self-taught. I've read nearly every how-to book from the library, attended writer's conferences and retreats, read a lot of books, and did my research online.
Over the years I've found some wonderful articles - but my favorite types are the easy-to-read, bottom-line, tips and advice from professionals (which do me more good than "Just follow your dreams")
I came across a great article recently called '5 Editor's Secrets to Help You Write Like a Pro'
The article is great, and I highly recommend you read it, but below is a summary of the 5 secrets:
- Sentences can do one thing at a time.
- Paragraphs can do one thing at a time.
- Look closely at -ing.
- Omit unnecessary words.
- Reframe 90% of the passive voice
Bonus secret: Use spell-check!
There is no 100% formula for successful writing--but there is one for failure: Don't write.
So, if you want to write, do it. Research, read, practice! Let others read your writing, and be sure to wear you big-girl underwear when they tell you it needs work (if they are good friends, they will!)
Then, re-write, edit, research more and keep writing!