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Writing Tips

Walter Jon found this wonderful article in the Guardian where writers talk about techniques that work, and thing that don’t.  Check it out.

I’ll immodestly add my own list:

     Write every day.  This is a job.

     Do something physical each day.  Your brain will work better.

     Torture your characters and give them flaws.

     Find a few virtues in your bad guys(s) grey is interesting.

     If you’re not sure about a section read it aloud.

     Know where you’re going before you start.

     Once a story is ended — END IT and then run for the credits.  Don’t drag out the conclusion.

     Use dialogue tags — John said, Susan said.  Please don’t have John ejaculate when he speaks.

 

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