Here are 15 of the best tips from various authors and writers. They are taken from our creative writing course
- Get an imagination: If it’s been done before, do it another way. If it’s been said before, find another way to say it. Our online creative writing course emphasises originality from start to finish!
- See things like a movie camera – make your writing cinematic. Zoom in and pan the surroundings. Use your words to make pictures.
- Employ the elements of the novel: scene, setting; characters, dialogue; drama.
- When in doubt – cut it out.
- When using dialogue, stick with “said” or “says.” Avoid fancy attributions, such as: recalls, retorts, or replies – unless it is done sparingly for effect.
- Rely on nouns and verbs more than adjectives and adverbs.
- Ask yourself: ‘Why am I using this detail?
- Are all word choices effective and appropriate?
- Do the sentences and paragraphs flow smoothly?
- Do not start with the time, season or weather conditions.
- Captivate your reader. Give the reader a reason to keep reading from start to finish.
- Do not start with “It was”, “It’s” or “When”.
- Show the reader. Don’t tell them.
- If someone reads this 20 years from now, will they understand the reference?
- Last but not least, read writing by great writers.
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