pen in glass inkwell Tips, Tools & Ideas to Improve Your Writing

Dear Visitor: ACI's "Tips, Tools & Ideas to Improve Your Writing" was first introduced as free content some 15 years ago, in the Spring of 1996. Its popularity grew steadily, through "word of mouse," to the point that each month more than 25,000 users were accessing the content, with the number ever increasing.

All of that "bandwidth" (user activity) was costing money to pay our Web hosting company. We tried a voluntary donation system but that didn't work. So now we are obliged to require a nominal minimum donation of $2.50 for access to this resource.

For your contribution, you get lifetime access to the complete resources of, the menu of which you can view below. Part of that $2.50 goes to PayPal, for its part in collecting the fee. The remaining portion goes to help defray the costs of maintaining the service. A $2.50 contribution, in exchange for lifetime access to the material here, has got to be some kind of record for good value. But if you're in a position to show a stronger level of support ($5 or $10), we will include "bonus gifts," the same way they do during membership drives at NPR (National Public Radio). Your payment of $5 will include not only lifetime access to the complete resources of, the menu of which you can view below, but also a conscientious answer to any writing-related question you would like to ask by email (see email address at the bottom of any page). For a payment of $10, you get to ask THREE questions (hint: both 1 and 3 are Fibonacci numbers - see last item below) and there is no time restriction or deadline for asking your questions. So choose your membership level, from the three options below and then get ready to enjoy the material! (After successful check-out at PayPal, you will be taken to the Members Area. If there's a glitch in the system, just forward a copy of your receipt to the email at the bottom of this page and you will receive the link manually, by reply email.)

$2.50 Donation: Lifetime access to the complete resources of Click button immediately below:

$5 Donation: Lifetime access, PLUS written answer to ONE writing question by email. Click button immediately below:

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Here's the Content You Get for Your One-Time Donation . . .

treasure chest 1. Gems to enthrall and inspire
2. Test your writing IQ: a three-question quiz school chair & desk
pencil in sharpener 3. Seven tips for more effective writing
4. A simple, six-part method for choosing term paper topics textbooks in strap with apple on top
crossing guard with stop flag 5. The single biggest essay-writing mistake
6. Active voice versus passive voice Bali mask
Japanese pagoda (temple) 7. Less is more: striving for simplicity of expression
8. When to quote and when to paraphrase man taking notes
ducks-in-a-row 9. Word order in sentences
10. How are punctuation marks like traffic signs? one way sign
toy nutcracker solider 11. When a single comma made the difference between life and death
12. Using lists to improve your business writing stack of three briefcases
stack of spelling blocks 13. Fun with English: discovering palindromes
14. Pet peeves & peccadillos exasperated man
antique typewriter 15. Professional writers’ secrets to becoming a professional writer
16. Free online research & writing resources magnifying glass over encyclopedia
bowl of fresh fruit 17. Food for thought: quotation potpourri
18. “Truth is stranger than fiction” sea urchin
Persian cat 19. Student “Bloopers”
20. Best college application essay we’ve ever read first-prize contest ribbon
old-fashioned key 21. The single greatest secret to good writing
BONUS: The Fascinating World of Fibonacci Numbers starfish

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