Guide to Creative Writing
This is where I will hopefully put up some tips and guides on writing and how to write better. It’s mainly to keep my own writing in check but hopefully it will help other aspiring writers too. I will summarise the key points from any posts about writing I put up and also provide useful links.
Part I: 4 Step Process to Writing: Writing is a 4 step process of planning, writing, re-writing and editing. Don’t mix any of the steps up and don’t do 2 at the same time (in particular writing and editing). See my blog post on this.
Part II: Free Writing: A writing technique to free your imagination. Think of a topic or a scene, set a short time limit and just write/type, capturing first thoughts and do not stop until the time is up. See my blog post on this.
Part III: Using Flashbacks: Flashbacks can be a helpful technique in taking your reader back with you in time to find out more about a character’s backstory. But they can also be very difficult to pull off effectively. See my blog post for some tips.
Part IV: Common Mistakes in Writing: Whether it’s overwriting, poor use of point of view or errors in style, common mistakes in writing are the best way to land your manuscript in the bin. Here’s a couple of sites teaching you how to avoid them. See my blog post on this.
Part V: Show and Tell: Writers are taught to show rather than tell their reader what is happening in order to convey emotion. The best way to do this is to use bricks of detail in your writing. See my blog post on this, which provides some useful links that teach you how to do it.
Overwriting: New writers often have a tendency to overwrite, leading to long and boring passages of description or dialogue where nothing really happens. According to this editorrr.com article on writing techniques, there are ways to tidy things up. Here’s also a blog post I found about how to avoid overwriting. Another article from Homeschool World (WTF?) also discusses the same issue. See by blog post on this.
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Books on Writing
I like to read books that discuss the craft of writing. See below for the books I have reviewed on my blog, which also try to provide a summary of the writing tips in them.
Nicholas Sparks’ Writer’s Corner – a great site where the successful writer of several international bestsellers provides helpful tips on the craft of writing and notes on each of his hit novels.
The Standard Deviations of Writing and http://www.editorrr.com/writing_tips-techniques.html: some sites that discuss how to avoid common mistakes in your writing.
The Absolute Write Water Cooler is a fantastic forum for writers of all levels and genres – a place to get answers to stupid questions and get helpful tips from other writers, agents and publishers. See my blog post about this.
The One of Us creative writing website’s Discussion Forum has various categories of discussion on writing. See my post about this.
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