How do I use hyphens correctly?

Hyphens are tricky little things to get right. Using them correctly can make your writing more concise and polished, but using putting them in the wrong place can look messy and immediately bring down the quality of your work. For this reason, many people avoid using them at all. Once you’ve got the hang of it though, it really is very simple. Here are some handy tips on when a hyphen is needed and when it should be omitted.