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20 Ways to Improve Your Writing

20 Ways to Improve Your Writing

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08/24/2011

 
20WaystoImproveYourStory
ByH.R.Morgan
Thise-bookisprovidedtothewritingcommunityforfree.
Visitusathttp://www.writefine.com
 ©2007
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http://www.writefine.com
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TABLEOFCONTENTS
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Keepopinionstoyourself....
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Causeandeffect....
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Activatethesenses....
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Emotionalthermometer....
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Verbsarefriends....
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Givethereadercookies....
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Aninteractivesetting....
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Organizeaparade....
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Handlingexposition....
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Speechtags....
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Getspecific....
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Simplify....
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Tenseconfusion....
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Characterbuilding....
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Pacing....
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Conflict....
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Tickingclockandquests....
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Scenestructure....
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Firstpersoninteriormonologue……….……….……….……….
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Jackinthebox....
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ThreeFinalTips
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AboutWritefine
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31.
Keepopinionstoyourself
Amajorpitfalloftheamateurwriteristocheatbydescribingscenerywithanopinion,whentheyshouldmakethesceneprojectthatfeelinguponthereaderwithouttellingthemhowtofeel.Unlessthenarratorisanintegralpartofyourstoryline,descriptionsinthird-personnarrationshouldnotcontainopinionatedwords.Donottellthereaderthatthedarkforestisscary,eerie,ghastlyorhorrible.Showthemthroughvividdescriptionandcharacteraction.Whenyouleavethedescriptionopentointerpretation,thereaderbecomesmoreinvolvedinthestoryprocess.Opinionatedwordsdohavetheirplace.Theyshouldbeclosedinsideofmonologueordialoguetodevelopcharacters.Showthesettingobjectivelyandthenmakeyourcharacterreacttoit.Thisway,thesceneiswrittentomakethereaderdeveloptheirownopinion.Forexample,somepeoplewouldfeelperfectlyathomeinaswamporcave.Otherswouldfinditdreadful.Itaccomplishesnothingtodescribeyourswampasa“dreadfulswamp”inthesettingdescription.Showuswhymostpeoplethinkitisdreadful.Youwillhavetoworkharderbutyoureffortswillbewell-rewarded.Conjureuptheelementsthatpeopleassociatewithdread:creepycrawlies,putridsmellsofdecay,fog,soundsandtwilight.Letthereaderusetheirimaginationandformanopinionandtheywillbemorewillingtoacceptthecharacter’sreactiontothesetting.

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