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Thread: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

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    Thanks for the tips. I reall appreciate them.

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    this is amazing, i want to print it out and tape it do my desk so ill never forget it!

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    I read this and was very helpful!

    I just love this part:
    32: If something works, forget about the rule that says it shouldn’t.
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    Great list of tips. I'm guilty of number 25 myself.

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    Thanks for sharing
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    Hm, I have a small little problem with making tension between the characters. All of mine are very forgiving. They, like, never argue. I never really thought about it before, but now that I do--I gots to edit! And change stuff! Thanks for putting this up! It helped me a lot!
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    This is an awesome list. I've always been good at #32, but the rest often elude me.
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    Loved the list. Thanks so much.

    My favorite has to be arrive late and leave early. Wonderful advice, and clever delivery.

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    Thank you, my new fav threader! This really should be tattooed on the back of every writer's hand!

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    This helps me out so much, again. I realized what I have to do for WIP now.

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    Awesome list!!

    Unfortunately now I'll have to get rid of my manuscript's shrugs and sighs.

    Does this advice pertain to frowns? (kidding!)

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    This was a great list. I knew some of them, but not all. I've got a copy on my desktop and I might just shrink em down to a size where I can fit them all on a laminated card and carry it with me

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    I am in the process of manuscript polishing and came across this at the right time. I'm getting a lot right but a lot not so much.

    Great to have such strong advice condensed. Thanks for sharing it. Printing it now...

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    One of my professors was big on teaching this: "If something works, forget about the rule that says it shouldn’t." As long as you understand the rules, you can break them!

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    I agree--except for rule 29. What's wrong with smiling, sighing, grinning, and shrugging? Perfectly, human, normal actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantRampagingPencil View Post
    I agree--except for rule 29. What's wrong with smiling, sighing, grinning, and shrugging? Perfectly, human, normal actions.
    I can see how these might be overused, but I'm excited to see how others suggest working around things like the smile or a shrug.
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    Can someone fill me in better on number 25? I thought the tense was the tense, and to shift the tense shifted the time. I'm using "Had" for every action that takes place prior to the action in the story. If I omit this, how can the reader know that it is past tense in the past tense?

    [I so hope that made sense. I also hope someone hasn't already addressed this in this massive thread that I haven't read yet.]

    25: Avoid unnecessary repetition of tense. For example: I’d gone to the hospital. They’d kept me waiting for hours. Eventually, I’d seen a doctor. Usually, the first sentence is sufficient to establish tense. I’d gone to the hospital. They kept me waiting for hours. Eventually, I saw a doctor.
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    I read the entire list thinking, 'what the hell is this person talking about? You can't make sweeping generalizations like that!' until I hit the last rule. Then it all made sense.

    There are some seriously good ones in there, especially the one about touch and scent. I also really liked 19, it made me laugh as well as try to think of a circumstance in which that rule wasn't followed. It took me a while.
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    Ughhh... I have edited and edited my book for almost two years now... and now I am going to do it again :/ These were great tips and I will abide by as many as possible Thanks for the list!

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    This is a brilliant editing resource, thank you!

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    This just made my day. thank you. Thank you. thank you.
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    Heck yes. This is exactly what I keep trying to get across...and there are a few on here I know I'm guilty of, like grins and shrugs. Oh, help.

    -Hj
    Yesterday upon the stair
    I met a man who wasn’t there
    He wasn’t there again today
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away!

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    Antagonish is now in SYW. Concrit please?

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    #29.............Good God. I often use it as filler for non-action. I know it's trite when I write it, but do it anyway.

    This is an excellent list. Yet, I suggest only applying them to the second draft. You don't want to get garbled up in semantic during the first draft.
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    I'm so glad this is stickied. Thank you. Wonderful advice.

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