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- MsBittnerLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Once more, with feeling...
Beginners at every level of writing ability might benefit from applying these tips:
--Spell check as the very last thing you do before showing or submitting your writing.
--Worry less about names and appearance than you do about character and plot.
--For anything longer than a short story, have a master plan fully in place before you begin writing. ‘Free writing’ to see where it takes you can waste tens of thousands of words and untold hours of writing time if it leads to a dead end.
--Your first draft is not your best draft, even if it’s damned good. Don’t try to market it until you’ve edited, revised, and/or rewritten it until cannot be improved in any way.
--Display sites where others comment on your writing are worthless. You give away first publication rights by posting your work there, and nobody buys second rights. Publishers and agents never discover anybody there.
--Sharing your work when you know it contains errors wastes the time of the people who could give you meaningful critique. Never share work until you cannot improve it.
--Don’t even think about sales as a goal. If you want to write mainly as a way to earn money, you’ll probably end up bitterly disappointed.
--Master writing mechanics, from punctuation to sentence construction to vocabulary. Agents and editors will reject a work with mistakes, guaranteed.
--“It’s” stands for ‘it is’ or ‘it has,’ and is never, ever a possessive.
--Minimize italics and exclamation points, and use few or no ellipses. Well-written text will guide the reader to ‘hear’ the words as you do.
--Read, in your genre to see what the competition’s doing, and outside your genre to be well-rounded. Read what interests you, read what’s popular, read what challenges you. Read more than you watch TV, game, goof around online, etc.
--Seek and destroy adverbs. Start by searching for "ly" then for common ones like "very," “even,” and “just.” A stronger verb is better than an okay verb and an adverb, every time.
--Only one character’s actions or thoughts can go in the same paragraph as his dialogue. If James says anything, then only James’s actions, thoughts, etc. can be in the same paragraph. Start a new paragraph for another character’s actions, reactions, dialogue, thoughts, etc.
--Get rid of weak verbs: is, look, see, have, get, go, start, begin, try, make, play, take, wonder, seem, appear, etc.
--Avoid things readers hate, among them omniscient point of view, prologues, cliches, and for some readers, first-person narration and present tense.
--Include all five senses for the point of view character. This isn’t a movie.
--Aim for a 50:50 ratio of dialogue to exposition. If it tips to 60:40 either direction, you’re still fine.
--Teach yourself to write ‘lean,’ using as few words as possible. To practice, take a longish paragraph you have written and rewrite it in 2/3 as many words without leaving out any content. [<--33 words.] [16 words-->]Write lean, teaching yourself by reducing the word count of a longish paragraph by a third.
- 9 years ago
write and describe things as you see them with as much detail as you can and throw some metaphors in there too so it doesnt seem boring, but as for the story just write you idea then read it and change what you feel needs to be changed, shortened, or better explained
- 6 years ago
write about events that you know a lot about so you can make it detailed. If there is something you know a lot about the reader can feel it
- ριcкℓє∂ ємєяαℓ∂Lv 69 years ago
Learn how to convey what it is you're thinking.