Writing tipsWriting tips6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Originality and creativity are wonderful, but there are some rules in writing which cannot be avoided:
Do your research and get facts right. Sulfuric acid is H2SO4, not xp3zyj2. With fantasy, you have open slather, but truth cannot be bent.
Keep a list of your research.
Write what you know about. If you have no experience of life as a cabin-boy or hot-air balloonist, your attempts to describe events in such lives will be unconvincing to many and laughable to those who do, unless your research is impeccable.
Take examples/events from your own past and weave them in.
Keep a table called a 'timeline'.
Be very, very careful not to mix persons and tenses in the one section or work.
Do try to get your verb/subject agreement right: " 'There is the juice and salad,' he said" will never be acceptable.
Be very careful of non-sequiturs, such as: 'Table for sale by woman with three legs.'
Use single quotes for speech. They are less intrusive and save on ink!
Use italics sparingly, for empha