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Writing Exposition in First Person. Beginners' four faults. As an editor, I know when I am reading someone's first novel.

Beginners' four faults

I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. I see at least one of these in every manuscript where the author has not mastered the craft of writing before submitting in his or her work. What are these four faults and, more importantly, how can you cure them? (1) Walk and Chew GumThe writer has not integrated action and dialogue, internal monologue and action, or internal monologue with dialogue. "If you think you're going to town you'd better thing again," said Ralph. Not integrating action and dialogue makes for jerky, lifeless prose.

"If you think you're going to town you'd better think again," Ralph snapped, putting down his can of beer. This might not be award-winning prose, but it reflects the reality of the action and feelings better by having action, thought and dialogue knitted together. She snatched the gun and aimed. . (3) Tea, Vicar? Creative Writing Prompts. Welcome to the creative writing prompts page!

Creative Writing Prompts

Prompts can be a big help as story starters, or when you sit staring at the computer with nothing to write. It happens. Sometimes you need something to stimulate ideas and spark creativity. These photos and the accompanying text is meant to do just that, and the act of typing anything often stimulates new ideas and productivity. These writing prompts are easy to use. What you write doesn't matter, write a description, scene, or passage of dialogue. Writing Prompt #1 Write about the old woman who lives in apartment 567.

Writing Prompt #10 Describe the shop where these jars exist. Writing Prompt #11 Describe what the mother sees and feels when she looks at her baby for the first time. Using Index Cards To Improve Your Book Writing. By Glen C.

Using Index Cards To Improve Your Book Writing

Strathy Writers were using index cards long before personal computers came into being. While to some extent they have been replaced today by high-tech devices such as blackberries and cellphones, they remain an excellent, inexpensive, and convenient tool for writers to have in their arsenal. In the first place, these 3x5 inch paper cards are a handy note-taking device. You can keep a small deck of them in your pocket or purse, along with a pencil or pen. Index cards work without batteries and outside the range of cellphones, so you can use them even in the most remote corners of the globe. Tools for Writing a Good Story.

How to Write a Novel - Novel Writing Tips. Here, you'll find essential advice on how to write a novel.

How to Write a Novel - Novel Writing Tips

Find out: What type of novel is right for you 7 ways to get great creative writing ideas 4 ways that novelists turn ideas into stories 6 top tips on how to make your novel a success And much more! Advertisement: Table of Contents Types of Novels. Elements of a Novel. Tips for Writing a Story - How to Write Fiction Your Readers Can See and Feel. This page offers tips for writing a story using descriptive language that helps the reader's imagination.

Tips for Writing a Story - How to Write Fiction Your Readers Can See and Feel

At the bottom of the page, you'll find more creative writing help, including free online writing courses. Tips for writing a story in full color Here's a little game: close your eyes and picture someone named Chris. No peeking at the next sentence until you've done it. Okay, open your eyes (obviously, if your eyes are shut, you can't read my instructions to open your eyes. What if I tell you that Chris is a three-year-old boy with glasses.

What if I tell you: Chris is a three-year-old boy with curly blond hair and glasses. The more specific information you give the reader, the closer the reader's mental picture will be to the one you intended. Here, I'll go over some tips for writing a story with the specific detail that readers demand. How to Write Fiction. This page talks about how to write fiction that feels real to the reader by "showing" instead of "telling.

How to Write Fiction

" At the bottom of the page, you'll find links to more creative writing tips and help, including a free online writing course. How to write fiction that shows instead of tells Writing fiction is like trying to convince someone you're cool. As in, the best tactic might not be to walk up to the person and say, "Hello, I'm super-cool. " No, instead, you'd choose cool clothes. How does this apply to fiction? Advertisement: Examples of showing versus telling Example of telling: Lois was a horribly messy person. Example of showing: Hey, there's my sandwich! ' What if, instead of messy, Lois were compulsively neat? Here's another example of telling: It was a hot day.

Example of showing: Her shirt stuck to the small of her back, and sweat rolled down her thighs as she trudged across the parched grass to the porch, where a collie panted in the thin shadow offered by the rocking chair. Story Starters, Creative Writing Ideas for Fiction. Looking for story starters and creative writing ideas?

Story Starters, Creative Writing Ideas for Fiction

You've just struck gold. Here you'll find an endless supply of inspiration. Bye-bye, Writer's Block.