Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

stephaniegrand: THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE THAT SUMS UP ALL TEN: If it sounds like writing, re-write it. 1. Never open a book with weather.If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to… Read moreElmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

Reading Like a Writer

itstartswithablankpage: kaykrescent: One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to read. Important, but vague. An easy way to analyze novels to become a better writer is to sort what you read into what you don’t like and… Read moreReading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

itstartswithablankpage: kaykrescent: One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to read. Important, but vague. An easy way to analyze novels to become a better writer is to sort what you read into what you don’t like and… Read moreReading Like a Writer

I’m currently writing something and I can’t seem to figure out what to do when writing a dream (i.e. italicize or leave it as is?!). I’ve looked it up, but every source says something different, so I’m hoping that you’ll know. I’ve been wondering that for awhile, actually, so it’d be nice if I would get a for sure response. Thanks!

I think it really depends on what looks right to you–and whether you want to reader to know it’s a dream sequence or not. Italics can be hard to read for some people, so you might want to be careful… Read moreI’m currently writing something and I can’t seem to figure out what to do when writing a dream (i.e. italicize or leave it as is?!). I’ve looked it up, but every source says something different, so I’m hoping that you’ll know. I’ve been wondering that for awhile, actually, so it’d be nice if I would get a for sure response. Thanks!

I’m currently writing something and I can’t seem to figure out what to do when writing a dream (i.e. italicize or leave it as is?!). I’ve looked it up, but every source says something different, so I’m hoping that you’ll know. I’ve been wondering that for awhile, actually, so it’d be nice if I would get a for sure response. Thanks!

I think it really depends on what looks right to you–and whether you want to reader to know it’s a dream sequence or not. Italics can be hard to read for some people, so you might want to be careful… Read moreI’m currently writing something and I can’t seem to figure out what to do when writing a dream (i.e. italicize or leave it as is?!). I’ve looked it up, but every source says something different, so I’m hoping that you’ll know. I’ve been wondering that for awhile, actually, so it’d be nice if I would get a for sure response. Thanks!

Hey! I’m looking to put together an online writing workshop via tumblr (and other necessary social media). Any ideas on how to get started?

Hi! Hmmm, that’s a toughie. I’m familiar with Facebook groups, which are by far one of the easiest ways to do a writing workshop group. Tumblr is a little trickier. I would say to advertise it, then message people you… Read moreHey! I’m looking to put together an online writing workshop via tumblr (and other necessary social media). Any ideas on how to get started?

Hey! I’m looking to put together an online writing workshop via tumblr (and other necessary social media). Any ideas on how to get started?

Hi! Hmmm, that’s a toughie. I’m familiar with Facebook groups, which are by far one of the easiest ways to do a writing workshop group. Tumblr is a little trickier. I would say to advertise it, then message people you… Read moreHey! I’m looking to put together an online writing workshop via tumblr (and other necessary social media). Any ideas on how to get started?

I have an insanely bad time writing dialogue. Any advice on how to write it more smoothly?

This is a toughie! I used to be the same way, actually. And then one day, I suddenly started getting compliments on my dialogue. It was so surreal! The big things here are research and practice. Find books, movies, and… Read moreI have an insanely bad time writing dialogue. Any advice on how to write it more smoothly?

I have an insanely bad time writing dialogue. Any advice on how to write it more smoothly?

This is a toughie! I used to be the same way, actually. And then one day, I suddenly started getting compliments on my dialogue. It was so surreal! The big things here are research and practice. Find books, movies, and… Read moreI have an insanely bad time writing dialogue. Any advice on how to write it more smoothly?

What is a good way to title your stories/novels? I don’t want them to be so cliche or cheesy or just too boring!

This is a tough one. I often actually come up with a title and write a story based on it, not the other way around! Some books are titled by a relevant phrase or concept in the story. Take a… Read moreWhat is a good way to title your stories/novels? I don’t want them to be so cliche or cheesy or just too boring!

What is a good way to title your stories/novels? I don’t want them to be so cliche or cheesy or just too boring!

This is a tough one. I often actually come up with a title and write a story based on it, not the other way around! Some books are titled by a relevant phrase or concept in the story. Take a… Read moreWhat is a good way to title your stories/novels? I don’t want them to be so cliche or cheesy or just too boring!

*waves excitedly* Hi! I was wondering if you could give me advice on how my female character’s friends could betray her in a way that could make her not trust people that much anymore

Hi! *waves back excitedly* This is an unfortunately depressing topic, but I’ll try to keep it as upbeat as I can. There are a lot of things that you can see in fiction and real life that lead to someone… Read more*waves excitedly* Hi! I was wondering if you could give me advice on how my female character’s friends could betray her in a way that could make her not trust people that much anymore

*waves excitedly* Hi! I was wondering if you could give me advice on how my female character’s friends could betray her in a way that could make her not trust people that much anymore

Hi! *waves back excitedly* This is an unfortunately depressing topic, but I’ll try to keep it as upbeat as I can. There are a lot of things that you can see in fiction and real life that lead to someone… Read more*waves excitedly* Hi! I was wondering if you could give me advice on how my female character’s friends could betray her in a way that could make her not trust people that much anymore

“10 Tips for Giving Your Sidekick Purpose: 1) They can be the MC’s (main character’s) foil. 2) They can call the MC out on their crap. 3) They can give the MC clarity. 4) They can create secondary tension. 5) They… Read more

“10 Tips for Giving Your Sidekick Purpose: 1) They can be the MC’s (main character’s) foil. 2) They can call the MC out on their crap. 3) They can give the MC clarity. 4) They can create secondary tension. 5) They… Read more

Grammar & Style: Overusing Names in Narrative

writing-questions-answered: i-think-you-re-sexy-so-i asked: Hi there! I just want to get it out there first that your blog is currently my bible, helping me getting through my novel. The story I’m currently working on is in third person, and focuses a lot… Read moreGrammar & Style: Overusing Names in Narrative

Grammar & Style: Overusing Names in Narrative

writing-questions-answered: i-think-you-re-sexy-so-i asked: Hi there! I just want to get it out there first that your blog is currently my bible, helping me getting through my novel. The story I’m currently working on is in third person, and focuses a lot… Read moreGrammar & Style: Overusing Names in Narrative

Why You Should Protect Your Writing Time

fictionwritingtips: It’s easy to keep putting off writing if you’re busy or tired or you’re just not an inspired as you hoped, but sometimes the key is making writing a daily habit. I know it’s not always possible to write… Read moreWhy You Should Protect Your Writing Time

Why You Should Protect Your Writing Time

fictionwritingtips: It’s easy to keep putting off writing if you’re busy or tired or you’re just not an inspired as you hoped, but sometimes the key is making writing a daily habit. I know it’s not always possible to write… Read moreWhy You Should Protect Your Writing Time

A quick tip for writers out there, who use Microsoft Words:

gretchensinister: tejoxys: miss-evening: Change the background colour of the pages to a mint green shade. It is said that green is a calming colour, however, the main reason why I like this, is because I can write for a much… Read moreA quick tip for writers out there, who use Microsoft Words: