Writing Tip & Prompt: 12/28/2012

On Fridays we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip –Take a Page out of Your Favorite Book

Study and write out notes using your favorite book or a writer you admire. Flip through the first 50 or so pages and jot down the length, order and number of scenes. Pay attention to writing techniques and the details involved in their successful execution. Break down character point of view and dialogue. Summarize your findings. You will be amazed at your observations and what you can apply towards your own writing skills.

Writing Prompt – Avoid Repetition

Strong prose is a matter of practice and also a conscious awareness of the words you place on the page. For a steady flow that will keep your readers reading, add variation to your words. A repeat of words will grow tiring and give the impression of reading in circles. Avoid word repetition to ensure your readers feel the movement of your story.  Write a short story or the next scene in your novel and focus on adding variation to your words.

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