Table Of Contents
1. Don't Make Excuses... 06
... when you can avoid procrastination and delays with these ideas to get your projectstarted.
2. Don't Consider Yourself Too Smart... 08
... when you can bring your writing down to earth-where your readers are.
3. Don't Show Off When You Write... 09
... when you can give your writing power by putting complex ideas into simple language.
4. Don't Expect Miracles... 10
... when you can achieve your writing goals through hard work, patience and perseverance.
5. Don't Warm Up Your Engines... 11
... when you can write a captivating story from the very start.
6. Don't Describe Sunsets... 13
... when you can keep your story moving by avoiding flowery description.
7. Don't Use Real People in Your Story... 16
... when you can create vivid, compelling characters through exaggeration.
8. Don't Write About Wimps... 19
... when you can build strong, active characters by employing "story goals. "
9. Don't Duck Trouble... 22
... when you can fill your writing with true conflict.
10. Don't Have Things Happen for No Reason... 24
... when you can use background and motivation to instill logic and credibility in your fiction.
11. Don't Forget Stimulus and Response... 26
... when you can strengthen your writing through cause and effect.3
12. Don't Forget Whose Story It Is... 29
... when you can avoid confusion by using the viewpoint character's thoughts and perceptions to dominate the story.
13. Don't Fail to Make the Viewpoint Clear... 31
... when you can keep your readers riveted on a single character and his or her problem.
14. Don't Lecture Your Reader... 33
... when you can convey story information through more innovative and creative means.
15. Don't Let Characters Lecture, Either... 35
... when you can keep your dialogue from stumbling over clumsy research and background information.
16. Don't Let Them Be Windbags... 36
... when you can keep characters' dialogue sleek and direct by creating a conversationalgoal.
17. Don't Mangle Characters' Speech... 38
... when you can write realistic dialogue without using dialect, slang, colloquialisms andfoul language.
18. Don't Forget Sense Impressions... 40
... when you can create understanding for characters by fully using thoughts, feelings andthe senses.
19. Don't Be Afraid to Say "Said"... 42
... when you can keep your dialogue strong by avoiding these examples of distractingsynonyms.
20. Don't Assume You Know; Look It Up... 43
... because one tiny error can rob you of your readers' credibility.
21. Don't Ever Stop Observing and Making Notes... 45
... when you can hone your description skills by constantly practicing on the worldaround you.