If you found this helpful, Check out my other writers guides and lessons here! I will be doing more in the future, so feel free to watch me too! <3
Please help support me as a writer! If you enjoy my writers guides, all I ask is that you take a moment to read some of my own work. I'd love to hear what you think about it!
Demonika Ch. 1 I suppose I should have known from the start that the girl I found sitting in a dark, damp alley that night so long ago was a demon. Perhaps I was too young to put two and two together, or maybe I was too angry at my parents to care. I had only been ten for a few days, if I recall correctly, and I had just gotten into an awful fight with my father. I had looked to my mother for help but, to my dismay, she took my father’s side. They were both strictly against me going into magic.
Ten was an important age for me; it was an important age for any youngster who desired a future in the magic arts. There was a yearly event attended by every magic loving ten-year-old around. Skilled mages arrived at the event in dramatic manners, appearing out of thin air or emerging from colums of fire, to speak with the children and find an apprentice. I had yearned to be one of th
Bad Luck Ch. 1 Half of the day had passed and Zane still lounged in his bed, staring at the ceiling between long, slow blinks. He was in a terrible mood. The source of his foul mood was the cell phone that blinked innocently beside him or, perhaps more accurately, the voicemail it had recited some hours ago. Another singer and their frail excuses for quitting the band. It was enough to drive anybody mad, really.
For most problems, Zane simply turned to his guitar for consolation, but this problem couldn’t be solved by music. So instead he continued to lay in his bed and contemplate the unfairness of it.
Zane had been playing guitar since he was old enough to strum. His lessons had started at age five and ended at ten, when his parents decided they’d had enough of his obsession with music and his time would be better spent on studies. Through the help of his ever supportive godfather, Zane still managed to lea
Arlyn of the Ocean My childhood summers were filled with the salty air and sea shells of the Gulf, my favorite place to relax and play. I vividly remember the cold ocean water splashing at my ankles and the taste of the popsicles we ate between bouts of play. I collected hundreds of sea shells and made magnificent sand castles, dug holes as deep as I was tall and even caught a few fish. What I remember most of all, though, was Arlyn.
The first summer I spent with my aunt was an entirely new experience; I had never seen the beach or played in salt water before. She coaxed me gently toward the water, armed with an array of floaties and toys. I followed her cautiously, reassured by her claims that I wasn’t meaty enough to interest any of the ocean’s monsters. I figured she had to be right; I weighed next to nothing as a scrawny, awkward ten-yea
Tyler's Fight As fast as he was running, he should have expected to trip. When he did it startled him, and he tried to protect his face as he went down on the rough gravel. He hit the ground hard, but managed to roll and dissipate some of the force. It didn’t take long for his pursuers to catch up.
“We told you running was pointless, slut.” Josh, the group’s leader, kicked Tyler hard in the shin as he struggled to get up. Tyler didn’t see Raine with the group, for which he was glad. He gritted his teeth and stood.
“Why won’t you just leave me alone? I want nothing to do with you or Raine,” he begged, his heart pounding. He stepped back and winced at the pain in his leg. He really wasn’t made for physical confrontation.
“You never should have touched her in the first place.” Josh spat on Tyler’s shoes and turned his b
FamilyMommy chases pills
with whiskey, beer, and wine.
Daddy finds his happiness
in a snow white cocaine line.
Sissy slams the door
and goes to find another life.
That leaves me alone,
canvas skin and red pen knife.
Instead of saying "I know it sucks, don't try to tell me how to fix it," perhaps one should say, "I know it sucks, so tell me how to make it suck less!"
Oh, and one of the most helpful tips for a writer that I can think of is for them to make an outline for their story. It's very helpful to know what one's doing before they start doing it, as they may not know how to link what they've written to what they've thought of next. A personal recommendation would be the one present in Robert McKee's Story, as it's great for incorporating messages into one's story, but there are a large number of equally effective outlines out there.
I'd love to add one more: Be sure to read and read your story again, to see what have you done in that story
Anyway, this is useful, definitely!
Read your work out loud. You will find mistakes that you did not believe you would find just because you read your story out loud. You sometimes even find missed punctuation!
Would you, perhaps, be willing to maybe read and critique some of my work?
I agree with that last one. I try writing murder-mystery like Agatha Christie but I hadn't read any books like that before. I failed when I started. After reading Murder on The Orient Express in a day (I'm a really quick reader) my writing for that genre improved.
By the way, 'affect' is used as a verb i.e. The river affects the bank. 'Effect' is used as a noun i.e. That was the effect.
This tutorial is fantastic! I admit, even though I've been writing for several years, I might stumble on some of these points. Thanks again!
I'm off my soapbox now. Sorry about that. Very well done.
I also love number six. I mainly write fan fiction (well, that's what I post anyway - none of my original work is finished) and I research constantly for it. One time I looked up ports in Canada and Greenland for a story. Just recently, I researched layouts for power plants just so my setting would be accurate (and I got complimented on it). Research is so important to any writing work. It ruins a story for me if the author includes something that I know is impossible.
All your tips are excellent and should be listened to by any author. Well done and thanks for sharing!
Sadly, people DO know this and don't do it purposely. They like the way their writing looks on the page in neat, tidy blocks. (I won't call them paragraphs because grammatically they are not--even though people claim they are.) It is also used as a cheat. People are scared off by long stories. Writers fake-it-out by shoving everything into one paragraph to give the illusion the story is shorter than it is to trick readers into reading.
Honestly, I love all your points, but this one (and the one about editing) are the two that drive me the most mad. So many good writers I simply cannot and will not read anymore because I find it too difficult and tiresome because of these issue.
One other thing about paragraphing, I find this is also the result of RP. I am writing a series of articles explaining that RP writing is not the same as general fiction writing. People seem to confuse that and that is the reason we have a lot of the issues in writing we do now that you didn't see that much of 10 years ago.
I've never found too many errors in published books, but I notice that fanfiction writers or beginning fiction writers on websites like this one tend to make the paragraph mistakes.
Thanks for the feedback!
I haven't found much in the way of errors in published books either, just some odd writing techniques that I don't particularly care for. Of course that could all be based on personal preference.
I was actually very disappointed recently in a book that I read by Holly Black (called White Cat). She's a mass published award winning author and there were so many punctuation and grammar mistakes in that book it made me want to chuck it at a wall. The very first sentence in the book was grammatically incorrect AND an incomplete sentence! (and it wasn't just the writing style!) Aside from that I haven't found too many errors in published books, but I know that you mean by the style. I once read a book written in present/future tense and it was...ugh.
I've found I don't read a lot of newer books, generally the cut off is the 1960s or so (except for books like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones mainly), as they don't seem to have the same "something" that older literature has. Of course in most aspects, including art, I tend not to like newer things.
thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you. it feels sometimes that NOBODY on the internet gets that one important rule. It drives me crazy sometimes...