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Wright's Writing Corner -- Writing Tips

Hello All!


After basically a break of two years, I am starting up my Wright's Writing Corner again. I will pick up where I left off with the Great Ideas, but first, I am reposting my Writing Tips. Each tip has a link to the post I wrote on that topic.


Enjoy!





Writing Tips



Two Strings:             Two separate issues need to be going in each scene


The Trick:         Raising expectations in one direction but having the story go in the opposite direction. It sounds simple, but it may be the most useful writing technique of all…the book Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is just the trick over and over again. 


The Foil:           The trick applied to people.  Use other characters to showcase the strengths of your main characters and to make them seem extraordinary.  Example:  Nausicaa’s guys


Senses:             Add three to five senses to every description




Interior Dialogue:  Readers don’t trust dialogue.  Have your characters think, and have what they think be juxtaposed to the dialogue, showing a new angle


Open active:     Start scene changes underway and then explain how you got there…unless change significant


Measurements by example:  Tall as a man, rather than six feet high, where applicable


Romantic Tension: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 nbsp;     To make a character seem attractive to another character (at least to women) list a character trait of character A and an emotional reaction to this trait from character B).  (example: she had an air of mystery that intrigued him. Or, her shy retiring manner made him wish he could protect her.


Payload:  Part 1, Part 2 nbsp;     Every scene/fight/sex scene should have some moment that moves the plot along or heightens awareness, drawing the reader into something greater. Villains should reveal something important during a fight, and romantic partners should learn more about each other or reveal secrets


nbsp;                      Also, every character should have at least one paragraph/scene where the inner motivation of that character is revealed


Dicken’s Trick: Using action in description: “There is not just a kettle on the fire, it is boiling over.” “Horses at the cab stands are steaming in the cold and stamping. When people enter a room they are sneezing or hiding something in their pockets.&rdquo


Ping Pong Dialogue: Have some dialogue go back and forth quickly, taking less than one line on the page – leaving white space – to increase readability


Pink passages: Add visceral reactions – physical involuntary reactions – to heighten connection with reader…but not too much


Character dynamics:  To make a character come to life, give him two conflicting goals. Also, add a scene where he shows a trait at odds with his main traits—this has the same effect in print that shading does in an illustration. It adds a sense of three-dimensionality


Checklist – To check every scene


What does it look like


Senses…what does it smell/sound/feel/taste like


What is the character feeling


What is the character doing to express this? — nonverbal reaction


What Visceral reaction can the character have?






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