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Friday, March 2, 2012

Twitter Writetip & EditTip Collection #9

Here's the 9th collection of my Twitter writing and editing tips. As always, I had to make them short due to the space limit. If you have any question, just leave it in the comment section or tweet me. And if you're interested in my editing service, please visit my editor website. Thanks for visiting~

If your book has an ordinary/simple plot, don't stretch it into a series just for the sake of it. Not every book has a rich, epic plot.
A rule of thumb. Don't use 25 words to say something that can be said with 5. Learn to be succinct. Delete. #stabbylove #writetip
Disguise them with commas and dashes all you want. They're still run-on sentences. You're not fooling me. -_- #stabbylove
Comma splices are the most common problem for writers. When in doubt, just break up the sentence. Don't stick commas everywhere! #writetip
Creative writing is much more than spelling/grammar. Hence, an English teacher doesn't mean an editor. Look up substantive editing. #EditTip
I can always tell a newbie writer from the amount of purple prose they use. I don't care how sunlight shone through the window! #stabbylove
Can you imagine if LOTR was written with a bunch of flowery, purple prose? Save for literary fiction where it may fit. #writetip #EditTip
Writers afraid of getting beta readers in fear of story being stolen. Um...nothing is original. It's all been written. It's how you execute.
Back to #amediting. I'm constantly amazed at a writer's inability to use Search/Find function to check some words for over usage. #writetip
Visualize what your characters are doing before you write. Clearly. Don't just write random words that come to mind. #stabbylove
I want to know what the protagonist looks like within first few pages. No info. dumping, just the physical characteristics. Is it just me?
Age appropriate theme & language may seem elusive regarding YA and YA crossover. But remember that children are your audience. #stabbylove
So far, my morning bathroom read was full of "I'm sad," he said sadly, in a sad voice. Lemme guess. He's sad? Ptooie. I need a shower.
Honestly, writers, READ YOUR MS OUT LOUD. It's important to check the fluidity of your words! Well-written words SOUND good, too. #writetip
Assign dialogue tags and action tags to the right speaker/do-er. Those by a different character needs to be in another line. #writetip
Don't rely on comparisons, metaphors, or cliches. You're a writer. Write clear, vivid descriptions in your own words. #stabbylove #writetip
Distinguish between FARTHER & FURTHER. Farther has "far" it it, so it's physical distance. The other is the metaphorical distance. #writetip
1)Writers. Don't ever use superlative in absolutes like "dead." You're either alive or dead. Never most dead or deadest. #writetip #stabbylove
2)Yeah. Especially when you can't use "most" and "iest" together. It's either or. They just won't learn... #stabbylove
1)Once I read a MS that went on and on about the room with unnecessary descriptions. Thought I was reading Architectural Digest. #stabbylove
2)Why should I care if an old, faded curtain in 3 shades of reds hung 5 inches, neatly over a 3x3 wood-framed window? Move on! #stabbylove
Don't let your prejudices or stereotyping bleed into your books unless your character is a bigot. Ignorance and bad grammar make bad books.

7 comments:

  1. Comma placement seems to be a function of the particular style guide used. Is there an industry standard? A workshop I recently attended used Strunk & White.

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  2. Oh no... Strunk & White had its share of criticism because of the approach. It's more about "style" of writing, not a strict guide to following the strict rules of grammar. In fact, the minds behind that weren't even educated in proper grammar. Though it's been years since people have been learning about them, there are too may flaws that they haven't even corrected. I personally wouldn't have anything to do with it.

    Think about a girl with lots of acne and pimples. With S & W approach, she'll only wear makeup to mask instead of treating her skin first. Looking pretty isn't as important as having healthy skin. In a long run, a healthy skin will look prettier, with or without the makeup. I don't know. It's the best analogy I can come up with...

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  3. I love this list. Will print it and keep it near my desk

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  4. Oh wow, you've got quite a list here. I really liked the one about English teachers not being editors.

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