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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.
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
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.
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
Proper punctuation is vital for clear writing and communication. And yes, writers
need to know the rules. Read this article.
You can write with both impact and depth, creating notable characters and memorable
plots. A look at cures for flat writing. Read this article.
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.
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.