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One of my followers on Twitter, @kateblogs asked me for some tips on backstory. I’m not surprised. At writers’ conferences and anywhere published authors and book agents take questions from the audience, there are always questions about backstory: how much to create and how much of it to include in the book. Unfortunately, those are the wrong questions. Effective use of backstory isn’t a matter of finding the ideal amount. The right question about backstory, is “How do I use backstory to create compelling characters?” Show Some Character! -- Six tips for using backstory to create compelling characters Show Some Character! -- Six tips for using backstory to create compelling characters
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Mike Shultz's Writing Lessons - Fantasy & Science Fiction Author I can't help it. I'm a teacher. So, even though I'm not a bestselling author with lots of credentials, I've written a few lessons designed to improve your writing. I'll post a new one every month or two until I get tired of it. * LESSON 1: ADVICE ON ADVICE - Nov 2006 Mike Shultz's Writing Lessons - Fantasy & Science Fiction Author
One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle © by Holly Lisle All Rights Reserved The first draft of your novel is finished. Now, according to the recommendations of any number of writing books, pundits, and writers who go through this themselves, you’re in for five or ten or more rounds of revision, in which you’ll polish your work until it is a gleaming, perfect pearl … and in which process you’ll dither for months or years. You can do that if you want. But you don’t have to.
{*style:<b> Practical stuff - notes about the nuts and bolts of writing fiction. So you want to write fiction? Okay .... How to write fiction - practical advice - write advice online guide writing website write site fiction writing site creative notes by Hugh Cook How to write fiction - practical advice - write advice online guide writing website write site fiction writing site creative notes by Hugh Cook
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This free online software tool calculates readability : Coleman Liau index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), SMOG. The measure of readability used here is the indication of number of years of education that a person needs to be able to understand the text easily on the first reading. Comprehension tests and skills training. This tool is made primarily for English texts but might work also for some other languages. In general, these tests penalize writers for polysyllabic words and long, complex sentences. Tests Document Readability Tests Document Readability
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DH: A list recently published in The New York Times by a noted restaurateur gave 100 rules for what service staff should not do. I thought a list of 50 things that writers shouldn’t do would give us all a chance to vent. I’m contributing 10 items. Some of these pet peeves have pissed me off for years: Don’t use italics for more than one line.Don’t tell me what someone looks like if it doesn’t matter.Don’t make me draw a diagram to figure out who’s speaking.Don’t write in a manner that’s different from your everyday speech. You should write like your best talk when you’re having a very good day.Don’t start your story with a character alone in a room unless you’re Kafka and your character is going to turn into a bug.I should be able to turn to any passage in your story and enjoy the craft of it. 50 Things a Writer Shouldn't Do & Three Guys One Book 50 Things a Writer Shouldn't Do & Three Guys One Book
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Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Maladies? There are pernicious writerly germs out there infecting pages all around the world. Left uncured they can be fatal. Talk to your book doctor or literary health provider if you notice any of these symptoms: Nathan Bransford: Writer Wednesday: Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Viruses? Nathan Bransford: Writer Wednesday: Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Viruses?
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Janet Fitch is the author of "White Oleander" and "Paint it Black," and she teaches writing at USC. It seems like every time I run into her at a reading, she introduces one or two or more of her students who she has encouraged to come along, people whose work she praises. This enthusiastic engagement makes her, well, nicer than many writing teachers, and that niceness might be why she's posted a list of 10 writing tips that can help almost anyone on her blog. But the list shows that just because she's nice, she's no pushover in the classroom. The list -- intended for fiction writers but good for many of us -- is reprinted in its entirety below, with Fitch's permission. Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers
WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over. 1. Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long.
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Top 10 ways to write an Anticlimax Top 10 ways to write an Anticlimax An anticlimax is personally one of my most feared nightmares – it means you have to revise a major part of the novel, or at least put the climax on hold until you can figure out a way to make it bigger, better, more twisted and more shocking than anything you’ve thrown at the reader so far. Here’s my top 10 list of successfully writing an Anticlimax – found mostly through trial and error. 1.
If you think you have an interesting life story to tell, LoveToKnow Freelance Writing is here to offer tips on writing a memoir. Even if you're a novice writer, our advice will help you get your project off to a promising start. Memoir vs. Tips on Writing a Memoir - LoveToKnow Freelance Writing
Writing a book is no easy task, it is a complex process which involves planning, discipline, and time. Writing your first book can get tricky because it is not always obvious where you should start from. Here are five steps you can follow when writing your book. 1. How To Publish a Book & Writing tips & Five steps to follow in writing a novel & How To Publish a Book
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Published Wed, Jul 8, 2009 by Austin Govella. Updated Wed, Jul 8, 2009. As an editor, I’ve noticed several recurring bad habits you heathens would do well to disabuse yourselves of immediately. Almost without exception, these bad habits instantiate themselves as a series of stock phrases and constructions that reflect a lack of focus, a lack of fully developed argument, or the kind of intellectual laziness that sets in as you slog through your first draft. (More) tips for writing well (Austin Govella at Thinking and Making)
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I do a lot of copyediting, both of books and advertising collateral. I’ll let you in on a secret that still surprises me, although I’ve seen it hundreds of times now. If you looked at the raw work of most professional writers, you’d be pretty underwhelmed. Professional writers get work because they hit their deadlines, they stay on message, and they don’t throw too many tantrums. Some pros have a great writing voice or a superb style, but as often as not, that gets in the way. 5 editor’s secrets to help you write like a pro | Remarkable Communication
Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Kurt Vonnegut -- troubling.info
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