Improve your writing! Tips and techniquesMy guide to....Improve your writing! Tips and techniques1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Improving your writing by eliminating the bad stuff and stocking up on the goods
Hey, aspiring writers. Is your New Year's resolution to improve your writing? I know you're out there. Whether any of you are reading this is anyone's guess, but I'm being as hopeful as I can. If any of you are looking for improvement, simply skim this journal entry and, hopefully, take away some enlightenment in a small doggy bag.
I've been taking note of writing tutorials and would like to share with you my knowledge in the following categories:
1) Cliches: spotting them, avoiding them, and fixing them
2) Plot development
3) Characters: names, development, and what not to do
5) Being accurate
4) Additional topics
5) Gremmer and spelingg
6) Self and peer editing
The Devil's in the DetailsImagine for a moment a time not so far from now. All your hard work has come to fruition. You’ve been published. You’ve made bestseller lists. You’ve won over hordes of fans. There are tours and signings and interviews. You’ve even been invited to speak at a convention where no one can get enough of you. You’re the life of the party and the star of the panel. Then the floor opens up for questions. Your self-proclaimed greatest fan ever is the first to the microphone. They excitedly ask why Bob, though clearly literate, always signs his name as just an X. To which you reply, “Well, I just thought it was an interesting quirk.”The Devil's in the Details2 years ago in Writing More Like This
What a letdown. No worse answer could be provided. Even if it didn’t make sense, anything would have been better.
Having reasons for things is a necessity in writing. Without reasons, our writing is paper-thin. It’s shallow and hollow. Worse yet, it stunts our writing and our potential as writers. There’s