Recently I’ve been seeing a #writingprompt going around encouraging writers to create their own list of writing tips. It sounded like fun to me! So, here it is, my first list of tips for writing fiction:
by Donna A Leahey
- When you elevate your word choice, you should be careful not to elevate it right past the meaning of the word.
- You can disregard any writing rule you like as long as you’ve got the writing chops to make it work.
- Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. Either make yourself keep typing words, or walk away and do something else for a few minutes, but don’t give yourself the excuse of saying you have “writer’s block.”
- Bad guys don’t think of themselves as evil. They always believe what they’re doing is justified in some way or another.
- You’ve got to make me care about your character before I’m going to care about his backstory.
- A good, well-used trope is a writer’s best friend.
- Don’t try to write a male character or a female character. Write a character.
- Beginning a story is easy. Continuing that story is difficult. Finishing the story? That deserves a medal.
- Don’t worry about your writer’s tics until it’s time to revise. Then kill them with fire.
- You have to find your own process. Ignore anyone who tells you there’s only one right way to write. Find what works for you, then seek constantly to improve it.