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Thread: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

  1. #226
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    • Learn the weak verbs and avoid them when you can: look, see, have, get, go, start, begin, try, make, play, take, wonder, seem, appear, and the ever-popular is/was/were. A great verb totally makes a sentence.


    Excellent! But I'd say that a great verb totally completes a sentence.

    Entering late and leaving early also really resonated.

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    This is great information! i love that you added "hydrate." I thought I was the only one that thought water helped me think.

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    Just my two cents; someone said to eavesdrop. I do that all the time, except I live in a country where I can't speak or understand most of the lingo, plus have difficulties in processing when I do, hence I listen to inflections and volume instead. When I write dialogue, I try to hear the character's voice.

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    Enter the scene late and leave early... Oooohhh, I think I get it now.

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    Getting word of the day. Great advice, just signed up for a few. I look up lots of words but when I'm reading so much and know so little I barely remember the words that I am looking up. This can hopefully drip feed them in to my locker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristie911 View Post
    Drink alcohol. It makes enjoying the process much easier.
    Made me thing of "Write drunk, edit sober." advice.
    Though it's not for me.
    "What another man can do, I can at least attempt."
    Reword a Sentence Tool.

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    Wonderful tips, thank you Sara!
    "What another man can do, I can at least attempt."
    Reword a Sentence Tool.

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    When I ride my motorcycle or visit different locals I mentally describe where I am to myself. What does it look like, fell like, smell like.. what's the temperature, how does my body feel in that environment.

    Just a mental exercise I do. People think I'm crazy because I mutter to myself a lot when I'm out in public... you know, they're probably right.

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    Reading everything related to the title is an absolute necessity. If you spend too much time on read, read, read... When will you get time for writing.....LOL.

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