Words of Wisdom from
The North County Writers Bloc
* Relive your scenes (after you’ve written them) to strengthen them.
*Be an actor, imagine your character.
*Heat up the core of your scene, strengthen the weak points.
*Adjust the pace. Dialogue picks it up as do short sentences.
*A sentence with the word “fact” in it is a bad sentence.
*A good plot goes forward, gets blocked, goes forward, gets blocked, etc.
*When you change from one POV to another, start the new section with
action by the new POV character.
*Don’t use “very” unless it’s a character tag in dialogue.
*Don’t start your story, a scene, or a chapter with a passive sentence (subject does not do the action).
*”Was” is okay only if it’s part of a verb.
*Three commas means your sentence is too long.
*Avoid, if possible: now; then; stood, felt; sat; noticed; looked; thought:
*Use “I started” instead of “I began to”.
*Always spell out “okay”.
*If you have two donkeys, make sure they both survive.
*People don’t speak in complete sentences.
*If you have a scene revolving around two characters, take one out and see
how it sounds.
*When editing, take out as many “ly” words as you can.
*It’s all about the body. Break up dialogue with body action.
*Describe a character the first time you introduce them, but don’t over
*The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
*It’s okay to start a scene with a place.
*Join and attend a critique group regularly and prepare for it with your best
*Establish a writing schedule, daily weekly.