May 24, 2011

Tip Tuesdays

These are 5 random tips I often point out when giving critiques. Feel free to add a tip that’s not already on here.

• Be careful of how many times you use the forms of to be (for ex. am, is, are, was, were, being, been) in your writing.

• Read over sentences and see if you can change it to make it sound more active. Active sentences add more life to your writing. To learn the difference between active and passive verb tenses go here.

• Often times the place where you start your novel (i.e the first chapter) might not be the best way to start it off. Look for a place in the beginning of your WIP that you think would be the perfect starting place for your novel, then go back to your old one and compare.

Which opening is more un-put-down-able?

• Do you know what side of the bed your characters wake up on? Their next door neighbor? Their favorite things to eat? If not, you might want to take some time to get to know your characters a little better. Put them in odd scenarios and see how they react to them. Their reactions to said scenario should be unique to their character.

• The dog was brown. The dog was brown and furry. The golden retriever was a light shade of brown, his coat as furry as my winter coat.

Be descriptive. Add some visual to your words.




  1. Great tips. Especially the one about where to start the story. Thanks for sharing.

  2. @ Dawn- Glad you found it helpful! I think I'll be doing these tips every Tuesday from now on.

    @Everyone- It seems the comments from before were on intense database and didn't show up. Just to let you know I have them all in my inbox so I do get to read them. Sorry about that. I'm thinking of reverting back to the regular blogger comments instead.

  3. Good tips, Ez-- you could probably teach your English class about as well as your English teacher, I'd say:-))

  4. Wonderful tips, thank you for sharing. I recently had to reconstruct my novel because I got feedback that the first chapter felt a bit forced. I ended up starting with the second chapter which I feel is much stronger now.

    I have been really enjoying browsing your blog so I am following you now over at my blog: :)

    Looking forward to more of your posts!

    1. Hey Emilyann! Thanks for tstopping by. I'll be sure to check out your blog. :)


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