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3 June 2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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So I don't think there's been a topic about this so I thought I'd make one.

Any authors willing to share some writing tips? Here's mine:

1. Start a new paragraph everytime a new character speaks. Readers will have a hard time
reading if different characters speak in the same paragraph. 

2. Punctuation, punctuation, punctuation! Don't forget your commas, or periods,
capitalization, etc.

3. Spelling and grammar. And that also means that u cant typ3 lyke tis. Srisly. R u tryin
2 kill ur reders or somtin? Spelling is essential in a story, and grammar helps move it
along.

Example for # 1, 2, & 3:

jason loocked at mila and smiles 2day is a nice day isn't it? he asked as he write in his
book. mila says, not really i have to teach class 2day the students are so annoying. she
had a cold look in her blue eyes that jason flinched.

NO! No, no, no, no, NOO! This is a STOP!

Jason looked at Mila and smiled. "Today is a nice day, isn't it?" he asked as he wrote in
his book.

Mila said back, "Not really, I have to teach the class today and the students are so
annoying!" She had a cold look in her blue eyes, and Jason flinched.

This is a YES! Dialogue is in different paragraphs, correct punctuation, spelling, and
grammar (I hope, I was never good at grammar). 

4. An intriguing plot that draws you in. It can't be some boring story that people won't
like. Even if you think it's interesting, others might not think so either.

5. Good will. Okay, so some readers might throw you some harsh comments, but you have to
learn to accept them and to take advice from then. You can learn from them. After all,
other readers will really like your story, so keep writing! Keep the fans in mind!

So any more tips?

3 June 2009, 01:53 PM   #2
Joined: 12 Jul 2008
Posts: 229
6. Indent. It gets cnfusing without indentations.

Ex.)

"Hi. Oh my God! You're here,too!" Chessie squealed in the most prep-cheerleader behavior.
But, it was not her fault. She just got too 'into' the role.
"Yeah," Cody/slash emo kid sais, before walking away, mutteirng to himself about 'stupid
blondes'.
Chessie would not give up her persue. Instead, she ran after him, bubbling excitedly the
whole way. "No way Cody! I didn't know you did these kind of things."
"I don't."
"Then why are you here?"
"To kill you."

5 June 2009, 06:35 PM   #3
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Joined: 2 Apr 2009
Posts: 350
7. Try to use different words for the same thing. Don't use the same word/words over
again because it makes your story boring.

ex. 
happy-optimistic
restless-squirmy
cool-there can be many other options for this word
pretty-beautiful
ect. ect.
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5 June 2009, 10:19 PM   #4
Joined: 23 Feb 2009
Posts: 5
awesome tips. ill use them.
but some i already use so yah...........
sometimes in life, you need to hope for the best, but wait for the worst.

6 June 2009, 12:51 AM   #5
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Last edited by ‹as•it•flew•by›, 6 June 2009
8. Try to keep the story alive. You need a point, and it needs to be
clear.

For example, if you're writing about... let's say a unicorn. (I'm throwing it our here)
You don't want your readers to think it's a joke.

Instead of:

I'm Lacy the Unicorn! I like rainbows. Flowers are pretty! I got stung by a bee once! My
horn hurts. I wish I could fly! Oh no! I might get lost in the woods if I don't watch
out!

Yeah... You see how pointless that was?

Now instead of that, let's go with this....:

I never realized how gorgeous the rainbows and flowers were at this hour of the day. With
the rainbow in the backround and the dew sparkling in the morning light... The bees... The
bees! Oh no... One's bit me! If only I could fly away. Fly higher from them, but I might
get hopelessly lost in the woods...

That was a bit pointless too... But at least it wasn't childish...

6 June 2009, 03:41 AM   #6
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Great tips. Honestly, I never thought anyone would reply. :P

So does anyone have anymore?

6 June 2009, 04:59 AM   #7
Joined: 31 May 2008
Posts: 23
Haha these are some really good tips, I like that someone put this up.

9 June 2009, 05:38 AM   #8
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when you start writing,start with something small.

9 June 2009, 07:07 PM    #9
Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 6
 
(this one was mentioned in number two, but I think it deserves its own number)

9) My personal favorite: capitalization. "I" is always capitalized when it's by itself, no
exceptions. It's just one more key to push. And please, don't forget to start your
sentences, names, proper nouns, etc, with a capital letter as well.

NO: stacy said, "i love that coach purse."

YES: Stacy said, "I love that Coach purse."


10) SYNONYMS. THEY ARE REAL. And very different. Some commonly mistaken ones:

your - belonging to you
you're - you are

their - belonging to them
they're - they are
there - a place that is not here

its - belonging to it
it's - it is

Apostrophes ( ' ) make all the difference.
Think It.
Feel It. 
Write It.



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