I'm a fan of writing magazines: The Writer, Writer's Digest, and a few others. I find suggestions that help me as a writer, and some times, I find things to ignore. The recent issue of Writer's Digest had many tips, good ones worth sharing. I'll give a brief, partial list of tips all writers many find helpful.
- Unique shouldn't be modified with very, more, rather, or so. Unique stands alone.
- A message I repeat over and over: Avoid multiple exclamation points, and I add, "Use only in dialogue and then seldom."
- Know the difference between their, there, and they're. Their means belonging to them. There is a place, as is here. They're means they are.
- Writers should have professional quality as their goal, not perfection.
- Don't write about anything you don't care about.
- Fiction will be smoother if the simple replaces the complicated.
- Give your writing time to rest between revisions.
- Use very and rather seldom, if at all. Don't be lazy, find a precise word.
Go look up Mark Twain's advice on using "very" before using it again.ReplyDelete
Very true. *laugh*ReplyDelete
Great tips, Vivian. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the tips!ReplyDelete