My oldest, Allison, is a gifted writer. Allison is a rising senior in college and a creative writing major. Her writing has been commended for her frank, sometimes touching and often humorous insights into her topic. I asked her to submit the tips below to a writer friend of mine and this was the result. I liked hearing these novel tips from the “boots on the ground” so to speak – where her insights were learned the hard way and very personally – as I am sure you will as well.