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Sunday, January 27, 2019

#writinghacks #writingadvice Writing Hacks by Janice Seagraves

Here’s are some ideas that might make writing a little easier. I know they’ve helped me with my writing, and I hope they can help you, too.

*One scene one POV. This simple reminder has helped me to keep from head hopping, especially when I was a new writer. (Not that you do that.)

*You should sprinkle in backstory like cookie crumbs. A little goes a long way.

*Make sure all your threads are tied up by the end of the story in one nice neat bow.

*Avoid adverb abuse in dialogue tags and use said instead. It is nearly invisible to the reader.

*There are times when you don’t need or want to use said, so use an action tag instead.

*Be careful not to use duplicate words. Too many looks, stared, arched eyebrow or frowns etc., catches the writer’s eye and pulls them out of the story.

*Don’t say your character blushed. Say his or her face heated since they can’t see their own face.

*This is one of mine: Avoid a saggy middle by using the middle of your story for the big reveal. That means a sudden death, a body found, or something scary happens, or if you're like me and write romance then you can use the middle for the first kiss, first sex scene, etc.

*And my new favorite and one that I learned from a revision work shop: When working on revisions, if there is a favorite scene or sentence that you’re not sure if you want to delete, open a file and name it deleted scenes, then saved that scene or sentence. If your story reads better without that section then leave it out, but if your story needs it then nothing is lost, and you can add it back in.


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Nicole Morgan said...

Great post and tips, Janice! I shared all over, too :)

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Janice. Great tips. You're book sounds very intriguing.

Helen Henderson said...

Added a new item to my revision checklist: blushed versus heated. Thanks.

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Nicole,

Thank you so much. That always helps. :)

Hi Cara,

Thank you.

Hi Helen,

You're very welcome.


Paris said...

Loved your post! I love tips that help strengthen my writing and these were great. Thanks!

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