Be a Better Writer: 4 TED-Ed Videos

“There are three rules for writing a novel,” said W. Somerset Maugham. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Funny guy, that Maugham. And while he’s right that there are no official, absolute rules for writing, there are plenty of helpful guidelines to be found. (We really like Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing and Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers, among others.)

When it comes to visual writing lessons, the folks at TED-Ed have done a magnificent job pulling together some really helpful videos for writers of any age. This particular four-video collection helps clarify issues around word selection, comma usage, and even the dreaded zombie nouns.

Take, for instance, the Oxford comma. Smart people have disagreed about its usage for decades, and there have been more than a few related arguments within the walls of Big Brain Club headquarters. So what do the experts say?

Spend a few minutes today checking out these videos — but more importantly, be sure to spend a few minutes today doing some actual writing. After all, that’s the whole point, right?

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