On Filter Words – by Shaelin Bishop

You may or may not have seen me talking about Shaelin Bishop before; she's one of my favourite writers on youtube and I watched a video by her that is really important and incredibly helpful for editing your manuscript that I wanted to share with you all. It's only 5 minutes of your time, and I … Continue reading On Filter Words – by Shaelin Bishop

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Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

Let's talk about the first chapter of a book and the reasons why I scrap chapter one. Chapter One: The Beginning. The first words of a story, the first scenes and events - for me - are equivalent to dipping your toes in the water, a temperature test, an experiment in preparation. Obviously, this will … Continue reading Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

To All the People-Pleasers Trying to Write for a Living

Novelty Revisions

There’s something you need to know.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or you’re just starting out, sometimes one of the most difficult parts of the job is something completely unexpected.

It’s not the actual writing. It’s not accepting critiques, making changes, doing what’s asked of you.

Actually, it’s something internal.

It’s having the self-respect to assert your needs as a writer.

I’ve written probably one too many times here about how writers are treated by other people (most of the time, it’s not well). I don’t write often enough about how we treat ourselves.

Sometimes I think we forget that, even though all we do is sit in a chair and type stuff all day, things happen. We need to ask for things from others. And we’re often either made to feel like we shouldn’t, or don’t believe we deserve to.

There are many things we cannot change about ourselves…

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Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid in Writing Fiction…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Filter words act like a veil between the reader and the character

by Kathy Steinemann  on Anne R. Allen site:

This article provides a list of writing filters, with practical examples of how to replace them. You’ll also find exercises that can double as story prompts.

All words exist for a reason. Use them wisely to create engaging narrative.

Why the fuss?

Filter words form a barrier that distances readers from a story.

Bertie felt the warm sand between her toes as she walked.

Bertie’s experience is relayed secondhand. When word economy is critical, this approach works. However, wouldn’t you rather become so involved that you almost feel it yourself?

With a few tweaks, we can strengthen the sentence.

The sand trickled between Bertie’s toes, radiating warmth with every step she took.

Strong verbs, trickled and radiating, amplify the sensory impact.

Five senses? Six? Twelve?

Most people can name…

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Contractions

No, I'm not talking about a woman in labor. I'm talking about grammar, and how it effects the play of your sentences. I'm talking about how to use it to give your writing more umph. Contractions, I'm sure most of you know, is when two or more words are combined into one, shortened form, using … Continue reading Contractions

The Main Characters – 10 points

LJB Novels

Here are 10 points that you need in every main character, something to turn them from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Bringing your characters to life and making your readers feel for them.

Weaknesses

Characters need to be flawed. Your story is no the just the plot, it is also character growth. Your character can become a better person from your story as well. This is normally shown by a moral flaw or a psychological flaw. A moral flaw is when the characters hurts other, weather it is pushing people away or physically hurting them. A psychological flaw is when the character hurts themselves, weather it is by self-sabotage or another way. Your character will always have a weakness for someone to exploit, if they don’t, your character becomes to ‘perfect’, they become unbelievable.

Goals

The whole reason characters exist is for something they want. It doesn’t always have to be the…

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Write Badly

Adam Buker

Just recently I came across this bit of wisdom in this quote from Joshua Wolf Shenk. It reads:

“Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.”

How true.

I started writing notes for my novel in 2011. I spent about a year and a half in this phase of this project as I had so many ideas for the story. Too many in fact. I went through numerous plot and structure changes. I originally planned to have an adventurous young boy and a timid teenage…

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Tell Me Your Favourite Tags

This is aimed at all the writers and readers out there blogging about the written word. I want to know what tags you follow and most use to find and connect with other writers / authors. #Writers, #authors #novel-writing #Books Let me know in the comments below; I'm dying to expand my Reader horizons and … Continue reading Tell Me Your Favourite Tags

The Writer’s Website

Today I want to talk about the importance of web presence, professionalism, and content, when it comes to being an author. I would also like to note, that this is all the view and opinion I have developed from research on the topic. It is by no means law, nor entirely comprehensive. However, it is, … Continue reading The Writer’s Website