Writing Tip: 210#

Weird Chapter Titles

Make each chapter title relevant to its content. That way chapter titles:

  • Signpost where the reader is in the story
  • Arouse interest about the content and subject matter of each chapter
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Writing Tip: 209#

Even though criticism is a bitch, I would normally just running at it head first because it’s probably right.

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(I mean that’s for you to do. Everything I do is prefect).

Writing Tip: 208#

Helen Benedict

‘Another common mistake is to fall so in love with your research that you stick in facts all over the place, thus clogging the narrative and making you sound like a show-off: “She donned her necklace, made of a rare blue amethyst discovered by Richard Burton in the mines of Eastern Peru, and went down to dinner.” This leads to fiction filled with factoids but without a believable character in sight.’

-Helen Benedict

Writing Tip: 206#

Leo Babauta

‘You don’t have to write historical fiction to find your story ideas in history. You could use reports from a disastrous battle and its historical fallout, for example, as the basis for a fantasy battle and its immediate and lingering effects in your own fantasy novel.’

-Leo Babauta

Writing Tip: 203#

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When you’re polishing your manuscript, it’s wise to start with polishing the large-scale structural elements and work down to the smaller ones. Starting with a view of your novel as a whole will prevent you from getting stuck on going over small details at the outset.

Writing Tip: 201#

 

More questions to ask yourself when editing! (But this time for characters):

  • Does each character look, act and sound the same at the end of the book as they do at the start?
  • If not, is the reason for his change implied or explicit and understood?
  • Has each character’s goal remained constant
  • If not are changes in goals explicable via plot events?