There is a reason we are taught the intricices of reading and writing as soon as we start school. It's because that no matter what we do, we will always need to be able to read and write to succeed in society. Many people understand this, but still don't value writing outside of the basics … Continue reading Writing is important in any medium.
Instead of focusing on large, more abstract ideas about writing, today I want to talk about one simple thing all writers can easily do to improve their writing. The removal of about 95% of adverbs, or the pesky -ly words, as well as getting better verbs will make all the action in your story flow … Continue reading Destroy all Adverbs! Get better verbs.
Writing is an intimate affair. It is the process of taking the ideas inside your head and putting them on paper so that it can be shared with others. When writing creatively, this effect is amplified. So much so that many people are embarrassed to show their work to another person. There was a recent … Continue reading Don’t be embarrassed; Show your work and get feedback!
Often within the realm of writing or publishing, the term "Three-act structure" is thrown around. It's a way of structuring the story and plot that has almost become standard practice. Yet many people have no idea what it is or what it means. That's good for me because now I get to explain it. Yay! … Continue reading Explaining the Three-act structure; the Beginning, Middle, and End of your Story
There are many ways to approach the planning of what you are going to write. For the sake of brevity, I will compare the two methods that represent contrasting extremes. On one end, you have seat of the pants writing. This is basically writing whatever comes to mind with little to no planning. On the … Continue reading Seat of the Pants Writing vs Outline Writing
Listed below are the top 10 tips that I keep in mind every time I write. In fact, I have all these written down on a piece of paper I keep right next to my writing station, so its always an arms length away when I need it. Use an active voice over a passive … Continue reading My Top 10 Tips for Creative Writing
Any single person on this entire planet can be a writer. As I've said previously, if you write, you are a writer. But chances are you could care less about being a writer. You want to be a good writer. An extraordinary writer. A million dollar novelist. Even if its not your main goal, or … Continue reading How to Improve your Creative Writing: Read and Write