Tag Archives: Writing Tips

What to Do When You’re Stuck By Amanda Dykes

  Have you been there? Despite the swirl of ideas and the desire to spin them into a story, when you sit down . . . the words don’t come. Or if they do, they aren’t the one you were hoping for. Perhaps you’re blocked, or discouraged, or plagued by questions of “Will this do?” when you see those little …

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Write to Engage the Senses by Terry Glaspey

by Terry Glaspey The books we all remember most clearly are those that most fully engage our senses—the ones that awaken our sense of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and even tasting. The reading that stays with me the longest uses descriptive language in such a way that I am transported to another world or filled with longing. That’s why we …

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Precision Is the Rule of the Day

  by Bret Lott Of course, the writing tip of all writing tips is that to be a writer you actually have to enjoy sitting down alone with all the words there ever were and sorting them out one at a time to make a sentence worthy of giving to someone else. You’d be surprised how many people want to …

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The Fast Draft – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

by Rachel Hauck It’s NaNoWriMo and I’m about to start a fast draft (FD) of my next book. For me, the FD seems to be the best way to get a feel and vision for the story. A fast draft takes about six or seven weeks. And, boy howdy, is it ever ugly. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I write “blah, …

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by Steven James Picture a snowball rolling down a mountain. Picking up speed. Gaining momentum. Eventually becoming an avalanche. As it travels along, it grows in magnitude, just like the tension of your story will do. The narrative momentum of the promises you make early in the book will continue to build, creating endings that tumult into unforgettable climaxes. Tension …

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