Writing Tips

 

This page consists many links to how-to articles for genres and goes in-depth on elements of a novel and stages of a novel. You’ll also find posts dedicated to writer’s burnout and tips on how to write about specific scenes and elements that may occur in your story (crime, romance, holidays, seasons, disasters, and more.) Also find sections on writing tips/advice, the writer’s life, writing rules, inspiration, and goals. A free PDF download for The Ultimate Editing List is included on this page, as well as the Freebies page.

 

Bactine for Writer’s Burnout: 

Speak – Part 1

Write YOU – Part 2

Writers Meetings – Part 3

Morning Pages – Part 4

Free Your Mind with Walking – Part 5

 

How to . . . with Tips: 

How to Write Action

How to Write Romance

How to Build Suspense

How to Create Mystery

How to Create Horror

How to Write a Supernatural Story

How to Write a Fairy Tale

How to Write a Children’s Book

How to Write a Short Story

 

Elements of a Novel:

Get Ready, Set, TONE! is about creating a successful setting and tone for the story you are writing. This post was a lot of fun for me to write because I got to write a short little teaser to illustrate how to use setting and tone to make a story stand out.

Creating Mood In the beginning of this post, I included a special sneak peek into the first book of my series. I also talk about “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer, an excellent example of mood.

Write With Gaga is about writing style. What is writing style? How can you create one? This post answers both those questions.

Unnecessary Writing Avoid writing what readers skip.

Writing Good Prose How can you write good prose? This post will tell you!

Show AND Tell is about the importance of balancing showing and telling.

Use the Sixth Sense on top of the other five senses.

 

Stages of a Novel:

The Art of Naming a Book

Genres

Formatting a Manuscript

The Four Main Points of View

Two (or more) Character Perspectives

The First Sentence of a Book

Chapter Titles

Naming Fictional Towns and Cities

To Prologue or Not to Prologue

Ending a Chapter

Epilogue or Not to Epilogue

The Very Last Sentence

Happily Ever After

Should You Kill off Your Protagonist?

Writing a Series

 

Writing About:

 

Disasters:

Blizzards

Hurricanes

Tsunami

Wildfires

 

Supernatural/Fantasy:

Angels

Ghosts Part 1

Ghosts Part 2

A Magical Battle

Magical Spells

Reapers

Superstitions

Vampires

Witches

Zombies

 

Crime:

Battle

A Car Accident

A Crime Scene

A Corpse

Domestic Violence

Family Conflict

Fictional Terrorism

A Fight

A Foot Chase

A Hostage

An Interrogation

A Kidnapping

Murder

Stalkers

Torture

War

A Wound

 

Romance:

Happily Ever After

Honeymoon

Intimacy

Kissing Scenes

Marriage Proposals

A Wedding

 

Places:

An Alley

Hospitals

A House or Garden 

Florida

Michigan

Oahu, Hawaii

Police Station

San Francisco

School

 

Seasons:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Winter

 

Holidays:

New Years Eve 

Valentine’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Easter

4th of July

Halloween

Thanksgiving

Christmas

 

Other:

A Car Chase (Road Rage)

Childbirth

A Fashion Show

A Funeral

Monster Truck Driving

A Party

A Plane Ride

Snowball Fight

Your Toughest Moment

 

Writing Tips:

Writing Tips Part 1

Writing Tips Part 2

Five Tips on How to Spice Up Your Writing

Six Writing Tips to Know

Ten Tips on How to be a Better Writer

How to Use Ellipses

Passive Voice Misconception

Utilize the Dark

 

Writing Rules:

No Dreams

Bad Things Must Happen

No Tears

Don’t Leave Anything Out

Don’t Repeat Words

Word Placement

Exclamation Point Limit

 

Writing Advice:

6 Tricks to Help You Finish Your Work In Progress @ Positive Writer

Dear Young Writer

Dear Aspiring Author

Dear Late-Blooming Writer

Dear Writer Not Writing

Dear Time-Strapped Writer

Dear Blocked Writer

 

Writing Life:

The 8 Benefits of Attending a Writers’ Meeting @ Writers Write

6 Ways to Be a Writer While Recovering from Surgery

Dear Withdrawn Writer

Dear Degree-less Writer

Dear Scrambling Writer

Dear Distracted Writer

Dear PMSing Writer

Dear “I’m the Worst Writer Ever!” Writer

Dear “My Writing Sucks!” Writer

 

Inspiration:

Creativity Boost from Your Power Element

Boost Your Creativity Mindset Naturally @ Writers Helping Writers

10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas @ Live Write Thrive

Dear Uninspired Writer

 

Goals:

Dear Goal Writer

Dear Unfocused Writer

 

Books for Writers:

The Grammar Bible

Guerilla Marketing for Writers

Writer’s Market

Bird by Bird

Feng Shui for Writers

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

Your One Word

The Artist’s Way

Children’s Writer’s Word Book

 

 

the ultimate editing list

The ULTIMATE EDITING LIST

Words to cut from your writing to make assertive and clear statements, and de-clutter sentences, as well as phrases to look for to eliminate redundancy, passive voice, and clichés. Also included is an in-depth look at self-editing techniques.

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