Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

Good storytelling tips here, most of which you’ll probably know about, but it never hurts to be reminded. I can attest to two strategies that work for me: writing about what I don’t know (writing is about discovery, right?) and reading the work aloud. Especially the latter–*hearing* the story helps me pick up on language problems, gaps, unrealistic dialogue . . . If I stumble over my own words, it’s time to take a closer look. Thanks, WordPress, for another great post.

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November — and with it, NaNoWriMo — might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don’t stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.

We’ve all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: “Write everyday!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Write about what you know!” Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions. Here are five writing tips that might sound counterintuitive at first, but could potentially help you cross a word-count threshold, smash through a writer’s block, or just come up with a new story idea.

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