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Quick Tip #7

Worried your characters might sound too much alike? Each character should have a way of speaking, phrases or words they use specific to them. They need to be distinctive because in a novel, their words are one of the main things readers have to understand their personality. You don’t want five of the same characters… Continue reading Quick Tip #7

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Quick Tip #6

If you’re suffering from writer’s block, try this tactic. Take a break for a few days (3-5) from your specific story. Each day write for 10-30 minutes about anything but be descriptive. No distractions, no phones, nothing but you and your keyboard or journal. Write about the way the light is coming through the window,… Continue reading Quick Tip #6

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Quick Tip # 5

Don’t just tell us what eye color they had. That won’t give us very much insight into the character. Instead tell us if their eyes are shifty, soft, wrinkled, deep, watery, bloodshot, or other descriptors. This will let us know more about them as a character and leads you into an easy way to either… Continue reading Quick Tip # 5

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Quick Tip #4

If you get stuck in your story, ask yourself three questions. 1) “What does my character want?” 2) “How can I make that difficult to achieve?” 3) ”What are the consequences if they don’t get it?” Proceed to make each answer more intense than the last time you asked and go from there.

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Quick Tip #2

Is your story one blob of text that looks daunting to the most enthusiastic reader? Here are the times when you should make a new paragraph: When someone new is speaking. After dialogue before action that is not directly related to the speaker. When a new person arrives When the setting changes When you introduce… Continue reading Quick Tip #2

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Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence

We’ve all been there. The best novel idea is bouncing around in your head and you’re staring at a blank piece of paper, trying to figure how to break the ice and start putting words to paper.  Oh, that feeling is rough. It’s like, “C’mon, I’ve got gold in here, I just need that first… Continue reading Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence

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Quick Tip #1

Beware “turning” words, a word or phrase that helps shift your story to go in a new direction usually by telling rather than showing. A heavy reliance on them lends towards less action and less engagement with the reader.  Turning words to avoid: suddenly; then; out of nowhere; surprisingly; shockingly; seemed Examples:  Turning words: Suddenly,… Continue reading Quick Tip #1