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Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:55 pm
quaintrelle says...

Write with joy.
And, write for yourself, not for the public. Write because you find pleasure in it, not because you want others to admire you.

That was actually just a random thought that stroke to my head a couple of days ago. But I figured my sub conscious mind might be giving me a tip so I decided to consider it as a tip Lol
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:02 am
samii27 says...

Don't write the obvious storyline! Keep your readers waiting and wondering! Don't write a predictable ending, it will only anger and dissapoint your readers!

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Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:27 pm
youngwolf1105 says...

Don't over exxagerate or lie. if you lie to your readers, it'll nevere be a success
We were made to corageous,
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:48 am
Fizz says...

Sometimes it's okay for there to be no plot. Things don't have to make sense and the reader doesn't have to 'get it'. Sometimes it's good to keep readers thinking, to force them to make their own decisions about what has happened. Most importantly, spend the time it takes to make every word seem perfect.

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Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:40 pm
bryan says...

Oh wow i dont think i have a favorite but im deffinately sure this a strong one... When you write let your mind flow and dont force out ideas otherwise you will end up with confusing work and nobody wants to be confused! Yikes!
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Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:51 am
emilybrodo says...

When writing, ask yourself:
What could they see/smell/hear/feel/taste? - With every paragraph.
I also listen to wordless music that suits the scene your writing.
If you use the same word a lot, find a synonym for it. When reading look up any word you don't understand and try to learn the meaning of that word.
And add lots of detail to your work.
My favourite tip would probably be the listening to music tip, it helps a bunch, gets you into the mood. XD
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Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:53 pm
ChocoCookie says...

Nate! :D

This is the very first time, I'm posting a reply. ^o^ And I'm actually kind of feeling proud. xP Lol.

Anyway, back to topic.

My Favorite Writing Tip.

Well, to all YWSer's and guests reading this post, I shall say there aren't any actual writing tip. It all depends on you. ;) You learn by yourself. Every person has a different one. If you would ask me, I don't have any tips. How I learned it was, through reading and trying to write the best of poems and stories. =D But I guess other tips I would like to use are doing some great grammar exercises to improve writing. Thinking can be a lot of pain but fun at the same time. :)

Whenever my English Teacher gives me a grammar exercise, I do it with great enthusiasm. When you have enthusiasm, the more you love writing and you think properly on what terms would you use.

Also, when you write, the piece doesn't always have to impress the one to who is reading. Many people thing with big words, the work looks more formal but you know, that isn't really needed. If your writing a sad poem, you think of mostly fancy words to get the feeling across, but sometimes the word you use, isn't appropriate. >.< So, with fancy or not fancy words,the poem must be written at its best! :smt002

And as what "emilybrode" and other YWSer's said. MUSIC. It is the most helpful thing. Listen every line to it.

Now, for the most important thing. Chat. Through Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Hi5, etc.; people use Chat Language. Like for "What are you doing?", people ask "Wt/ wat r u doin?". Which is really bad because, when you have an exam or spelling test, you write chat language. I have a few girls in my class who does that, and our English Teacher gets pretty upset. As in for "I" being capitalized, people put it in low-case. That should never occur. So never use Chat Language. Only proper English. :smt043

These are my tips. I hope the post was helpful. I don't really give good advice, but I always hope to help some one. :smt003 Thanks for taking time to read. :P (Y)

Cheers and Keep Writing,
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:33 am
Paracosm says...

The secret to great writing is great editing- Rob Hadley (That's quoted a bit roughly I think, but that's the jest of it!)

You're writing for you, and not anyone else. -My Sis!
Review unto others as you would have others review unto you.

Don't panic!

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:00 pm
Gheala says...

Oh, I have the best advice ever! "Force it through" <-- When I heard that sentence as a solution for writer's block, I hastened to try it and it seemed to work perfectly.
Whenever you find yourself stuck in a place in your novel, don't jump to another chapter, but force this one though and create its solution without fear of obstacles. Taking a risk is amazing sometimes, no... it's amazing all the time while you write your novel. Later on, you'll have a more flexible pen against that sad blank paper.
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MoonlightMayhem says...

There are two writing tips that I got from the book Bird by Bird. One is about character and voice, the other is about the writing process.


"We all have inner monsters. Some of us are afraid to show them because they're scary, ugly, or hidden in the dark. They have sinned and made mistakes. But when we let our inner monsters out of the caves they live in, we notice that they are more like other people than we thought."

I guess every character includes a voice that is partially the author's, I suppose. And we can't be afraid to let that voice shine through.


"Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights allow, but that's all you really need at the time."

Additionally, I really like this phrase...
“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”
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Death Cab for Cutie - Funeral For A Friend - A Day To Remember - Taking Back Sunday - Safetysuit - There For Tomorrow - OneRepublic - All American Rejects - Yellowcard - Motion City Soundtrack

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Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:09 pm
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PrincessLaLa says...

start back writing! read more so you will build different ideas...
The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. ~Ray Bradbury

hope i touch somebody's life! maybe yours.

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ENCR says...

"You write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is to write. Not to think."

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elms says...

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.” - Kurt Vonnegut
I'm a kind of paranoiac in
reverse. I suspect people of
plotting to make me happy.


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Cailey says...

Write every day. Even if all you write is one bad sentence or a couple random words, write.
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. -Kafka

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barefootrunner says...

If you've got the blank page monster, write down everything that you are thinking as fast as possible. Write pages and pages of useless thoughts. It really helps! Sooner or later you will stumble upon something ingenious that you can use!
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" - Einstein

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