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Beginners' four faults

Beginners' four faults
As an editor, I know when I am reading someone's first novel. 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. (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. (2) Furry DiceAdjectives, adverbs and prepositions are furry dice hanging from a car's mirror. (3) Tea, Vicar? Related:  Tips & Tricksskillsécriture

Creative Writing Prompts Welcome to the creative writing prompts page! 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 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. Writing Prompt #20 She had to get away. Writing Prompt #21 What is in the monk's bowl and who put it there? Writing Prompt #30 "Why did you only photograph its eye?" Writing Prompt #31 Who planted the rosebush where this rose grows, and why does she dislike it so much? Writing Prompt #40 Why is the magnifying glass more important than the fingerprint in this photo? Writing Degrees

The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make by Sally Zigmond Are you wondering why your short stories keep coming back with polite rejection letters? It could be that one of these ten "fatal errors" is standing between you and publication! Lack of Editing. Dull Writing. Too Much Irrelevant Detail. No Attention to Language. Absence of Imagery and Reliance on Cliches. No Sense of Place. No Shape or Structure. Poor Dialogue Skills. Lack of Technical Knowledge. My Top Tip. Copyright © 2002 Sally ZigmondThis article may not be reprinted without the author's written permission. Sally Zigmond has had nonfiction and fiction published in several magazines, as well as anthologies, and has won several major short story competitions.

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The Beginning Writer: Layering Your Story Line Using Braiding I’ve recently made it to the middle of a story I’m writing and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t know how to handle keeping the story going. So I looked to one of my favorite authors on writing for guidance. Heather Sellers wrote two of my favorite books on writing, “Page After Page” and “Chapter After Chapter.” But what I am going to refer to today is from a chapter she wrote in Writer’s Digest, “Crafting Novels and Short Stories,” where she says, “To get across the middle you must involve some element of discovery--something you have to figure out as you write.” Introducing Layers In Your Story Through Braiding Ms. “Braided books (or articles or stories) are made up of three or four strands. Happy Accidents She goes on to say: “You need more than one thing going on at a time. This is really good for me to hear because I don’t really know how my story is going to end. The Best Way To Write A Book Ms. “The book teaches me what it is about as I write it. -Kelly

Using Index Cards To Improve Your Book Writing By Glen C. 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. Yes, you could use a notebook to record ideas and information instead (another old-fashioned but still effective tool). For instance, let's say you're planning to write a non-fiction book and you have each of your ideas and each bit of information written out on a separate card. However, for novel writers, cards are an even more powerful tool. Return to How to Write a Book Now

Using Excel To Outline Your NaNoWriMo Novel: Defeating the sprawl We're smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo and, I hope you're faring better, but my novel has grown a mite cluttered. I did have an outline when I began (really, I did!) and I have followed it ... more or less ... but my characters had ideas of their own. The result looks a bit like a ball of wool after a cat played with it. Normally I'd go back and tidy things up by re-writing what I have so far. Outlining the NaNoWriMo Novel: Excel To The Rescue The solution? It's marvelous! When I first saw Jeffrey's spreadsheet I was a bit intimidated, but just hold on, everything is simple and easily explained. Here's a link to an example of one of Jeffrey's spreadsheets, this one is of the movie Independence Day: Outline of Independence Day done in Excel. Let's step through Jeffrey's spreadsheet column by column: Column 1 - Tells you were you are in the act structure. Column 2 - Page length estimates for each scene. Column 3 - Brief description of the scene. Column 4 - Your slug line. Example: INT. Column 5

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Writing Tips: Plot, How to plot a novel Our Quick Guide on writing plots that grip the reader In these days of the 3-for-2 tables and Tesco Book Clubs, fiction has taken a step forwards into the past. These days, plot matters. No fiction will be taken on by agents - no matter how brilliantly written, how edgily contemporary, how weighty in subject matter - unless it has a strong story line. See also our More About Plotting guide ... and do watch out for the video below. The oldies are still the goodies Plotting hasn’t changed since Aristotle. 1) The protagonist must have a clear central motivation. 2) The protagonist’s goal (which derives from that motivation) has to be determined as early as possible into the novel. 3) The jeopardy must increase. 4) Every scene and every chapter must keep the protagonist off-balance - things may get better for him/her, o r worse, but they need to be constantly changing. 5) Don’t spend time away from the story. 6) Think about classical structures. 7) Control your characters. Further help

How to Write a Novel - Novel Writing Tips Here, you'll find essential advice on how to write a novel. 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! Table of Contents Types of Novels. Elements of a Novel. Where to Get Creative Writing Ideas. Tips for Writing a Novel. Novel Outline. Frequently Asked Questions. How to Write a Great Beginning. How to Complicate Your Plot. How to Write a Satisfying Ending. How to Write a Mystery. A Simple Suspense Writing Technique. How to Write a Thriller. How to Write Science Fiction. How to Write Fantasy. How to Write Romance. How to Write Historical Fiction. More on Writing Historical Fiction. How to Keep Your Reader Interested. Top Novel Writing Tips. Author Interview: Meredith Sue Willis on Novel Writing. Author Interview: Nicole Peeler on Fantasy Writing. Author Interview: Hal Duncan on Speculative Fiction. Advertisement:

Write a Novel Write a Novel is a form of open courseware: Learning materials placed online for free use by anyone who wishes to do so. The guide contains 18 items, PDF documents that give you some basic information on topics related to writing fiction in general and novels in particular. Each item includes one or more assignments based on the material you've read. These are the terms of use: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. As a lifelong writer, I wish you every success in any form of writing you pursue.

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