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Story-Specific Words

Story-specific words add an extra dimension to a story. They are beyond correct punctuation and grammar. They are deeper than plot and characterization. They go to a third level of writing, a level that deals with layers and symbols and meaning and rhythm. Mastery of the elements at this level assures the writer that each story is not only a good read but a great work. Read this article.

A Novel Ending

No matter where you take the reader, what you drag him through or under or around, you must see that he’s satisfied.  Ensure that at the moment he reads the final page, he feels the satisfaction that yes, this story could only end this way. Read this article.


Writing for the Emotions

Emotions pull readers into the story faster than most anything else a writer could try.  They are instant connection points.  Think of emotions as tentacles reaching to the reader and tying him to your tale.  Wrap him tight so he must stay with you until the end. Read this article.

Showing and Telling

Writing teachers pound it into us.  Books on writing repeat it until we feel we've been beaten.  And if we're brave enough to put our work in front of our peers for review, we are pounded yet again—Show, Don’t Tell, our critics intone. Read this article.


Proper punctuation is vital for clear writing and communication. And yes, writers need to know the rules. Read this article.

Writing with Impact & Depth

You can write with both impact and depth, creating notable characters and memorable plots. A look at cures for flat writing. Read this article.

Writing to Entertain

Writers write to entertain readers. Those readers want to be challenged, want their emotions stirred, want to step into an adventure and become someone they aren’t. Make sure your stories entertain the reader.  Read this article.

Novel Scenes

Scenes–someone doing something somewhere–are the pulse and images of the novel. Don’t skimp on scenes. Use narrative to connect them, but be sure you write them. Listening to a character’s thoughts, without knowing where and when he is, can make for dull reading.  Read this article.

Writing tips abound in books, writing classes, and Internet sites. Even friends who write can offer excellent tips to improve your writing. Skills and shortcuts can be taught, skills that will make you a better writer.

From my experiences as both writer and fiction editor, I’ve learned many writing tips that can serve any writer of fiction. I intend to add to these articles over time, sharing ideas on how to improve your writing skills and make your writing stand out–in a wholly positive way–when you submit your novel to agent or publisher.

Tips on how to improve your writing include craft issues from the most basic–grammar and punctuation–to the deep issues of word choice and theme, writing topics not always covered in how-to books.





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