Writing Tips - Once Upon a TimeWithout exception, the most important line in your fiction prose is the first one. In many times it determines whether or not your writing gets a chance at all. As such, it should be the last new thing that you write. Once you finish writing your entire novel, then you go back and add the appropriate first sentence. Not only does this help you avoid Blank Page Syndrome, but doing it after everything else allows you to create a very poignant opening line (although you can start out with a proto-first line). Everything else I am going to tell you today, every piece of advice, can and has been broken in the past. Writing opening lines is an art, not a science. And let's start with one that I am currently trying to fixMore Like This
Never start out with "my name is"
The most famous rule breaker: Moby Dick. Let me tell you why this is a bad idea. It's really easy to explain, actually. "My name is Jim." I don't care. "You can call me Sarah." I don't care. "They call me Boogalogadoodoo." I don't fuc
Writing Tips - Myths You Probably BelieveGirls will read books about boys or girls, but boys will only read books about boys:More Like This
False. The gender of the protagonist in children's or young adult's literature does not matter. For example, in the 90's, Goosebumps was really popular. About half of them had first-person female protagonists. This more closely ties into subject matter. Something like The Princess Diaries--written for and by females will largely be enjoyed by an exclusively female audience. Something like The Golden Compass/The Northern Lights, which has a female protagonist but has subject matter like adventure, is very accessible to both genders. If you care about having an egalitarian audience, and you know how to write well—whether or not you use a female protagonist—you will most likely succeed.
You need to revise your novel/work like 10 or 20 times until it's perfect
Honestly if you're efficient, and you pay really close attention, you only need to do it like once. (Unless
Je t'aimeThere is firewoodMore Like This
where my bones should be,
and wires in my veins
and everytime we talk
my heart heats up
and I've never felt a flame this warm.
It Is Bad to Be [READ DESCRIPTION]It is bad to be fat, too skinny, average, curvy.More Like This
Blonde = Stupid, Black = Emotional, Brunette = Boring, Red = Soulless, Colorful = Too Creative
It is bad to be gay, trans, heterosexual, lesbian, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, bisexual, etc.
It is bad to be Christian, atheist, Catholic, Agnostic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Polytheistic, Monotheistic, etc.
It's bad to be a different race:
Black = Dirty or Nigger, White = Racist or Cracker, Hispanic/Latino/Latina = Illegal, Asian = Alien
It is bad to be a woman, man, or genderless.
It is bad to be homeless, middle class, rich.
There is a judgement for every single person
Whether you believe prejudice people do not exist, or do exist.
Whether you believe you are not good enough, or too good for anybody.
Whether you believe humans are created equal, or not.