How do you know if the dialogue is bad? Most writers fall into the pits of bad dialogue and most professors or industry professionals will throw around the phrase “on the nose.”
Many Dos and Don’ts swirl in our writer-brains, and I’m not even talking about all the non-writing-related clutter in our heads. Yes, the list can be long, but if you keep these 5 tips to avoid when writing in your back pocket, you can focus on getting words on paper and giving yourself grace on the days you don’t.
A painter learns to manipulate shapes and colors, just like a writer needs to shape the language and style to create their art.
Literary devices give the writers an opportunity to take their writing from acceptable to captivating by adding depth and layers for the reader to unfold. It’s not a one-size-fits-all rule–instead it’s a style guide for how your story can take shape in the most vivid way possible.
Formatting your manuscript is a necessary step in publishing your book. Whether you’re going through your first edits or sending it off to a publisher, a clean and well-structured manuscript is essential in getting it ready for success.
You want the reader to feel the emotions of the character as they feel them. But filter words can have the opposite effect and even distance yourself from the character—NO BUENO. Don’t make yourself crazy and cut them all out. (Or do, it’s your masterpiece, you get to decide it all!) However, if you want a stronger emotional connection to the reader, then it’s best to limit these words.