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Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:28 am
Jittu says...

Hi, thanks to all friends for posting your thoughts and giving your important time on this question.

I have no more option to write any answer because you all members have written here.

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emjaccrn says...

Travis McBee has a lot of YouTube videos about writing (that I always end up binge watching instead of actually writing), but he always says that if you're able to take a scene out of the story and it still makes sense, it shouldn't be there. He says that character growth and subplots should all happen while moving the main plot, and that you should avoid having 'fluff'. My writing has gotten loads better since I've followed this, and there's faster, better pacing and less boring areas.
He also says that if it's boring to write, it's boring to read, and I've started making sure to avoid boring scenes, because readers aren't obligated to read past those, and I'll set a book down at a slow part.

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:05 pm
Radrook says...

Avoid using too many generalities:

The danger in introducing generalities into our short stories or poems is that we will leave our readers in a wondering condition. Now what the heck does that mean? Say what? Where exactly did he say that happened? What is she afraid of again? Who the heck is Bill? Where the dickens did that chap come from? Who exactly am I supposed to be seeing in this part. Are these males or females? Are these two individuals gay? What does he mean when he says he has demons? What does he mean by a weird look? What does he mean by funny? How is it strange?

All these questions interfere with the reading flow because they cause the reader to pause and ponder. If we add more generalities as we go along, then we have a wondering and pondering reader who doesn't really know exactly what is going on. The finished product might FEEL finished to the writer, but for the reader, it never really began. Now, no writer sets out specifically to do this to a reader. So why does it happen?

Well, as beginning writers we might erroneously be under the impression that when we see things clearly in our minds so does the reader. But that just isn't so. Please note that we are not projecting images on a literal screen as movie makers are. Movie goers can see exactly what age, sex, race, or even what attitude is involved just by looking. A writer's audience depends on the writer to reveal such things either via description or monologue or dialogue. In short, the reader is like a blind man being guided through an art gallery by a sighted person who is describing the works of art to him.

Once a writer realizes just how dependent the reader is on being guided, then the tendency towards generalizations will be reduced.
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Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:52 pm
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Panikos says...

Two tips from my lecturers that I write by:

You don't have to be a writer all the time. Sometimes a flat-footed sentence will get you exactly where you need to be.

Spotting the bad stuff is easy. The difficult is spotting the good stuff that's getting in the way, whether it be a brilliant metaphor or a wonderful character. Just because it's good doesn't mean it has a place in this story.
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Zolen says...

If the words you're using came from a dictionary rather then you're memory, then you probably shouldn't be using them.
Self quoting is the key to sounding wise and all knowing.

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Enola says...

Don't stop.

OK not exactly a real one. Otherwise I'd say: "Realise that what may be obvious in your head is not necessarily so in everyone elses."

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Liberty says...

An author told me this (these are her exact words by the way):-

When you want to perfectly edit your work, read it backwards. That way, you'll be able to catch as many mistakes as possible. If you just read it the way your reader would, you won't, because you already know what you want to know.

This advice has lived with me for a long time, and it helps, trust me. I swear it on my future horse.
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LZPianoGirl says...

Three things.

1. My teacher taught me never to use three letter words (exceptions: are, and, too, can, etc). Never use got/get, never use run/ran, and other words like these. She calls them "first grade words" and since we're not in first grade, we don't use them. It's helped me a lot!

2. Another tip by the same teacher. When writing a paragraph for a class, always use Jane Schaffer. What is Jane Schaffer? It's a paragraph rule that goes: Topic, Fact/Concrete Detail, Opinion based on the fact, Opinion based on the fact, Conclusion Sentence. That is one chunk.

If you want two chunks, you just do this: Topic, Fact/Concrete Detail, Opinion based on the fact, Opinion based on the fact, Fact/Concrete Detail, Opinion based on the fact, Opinion based on the fact, Conclusion Sentence. .

You just keep repeating the fact and opinions for however many "chunks" you want/need!

3. This one is from me. Be you. I know some teachers may set strict guidelines or highly suggest you do something one way, but make it as you as you can! This may be as simple as signing your name with a heart or adding an opinion or two that nobody else has!
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