Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Rather than use common verbs, use specific verbs that fit your story, your characters, and each scene. Direct events and emotion through the choice of specific rather than general verbs.
A reader’s question got me thinking about the details of a story’s setting, about choosing details that fit the actual location as well as the story. I also wanted to share a reminder to check details for real locations—make sure your details are correct.
There are multiple ways to make changes to your story text. Make sure that you’re not using the same kinds of changes again and again.
Somehow is a nothing word that doesn’t reveal anything new about a character or an event. Cut uses of somehow from your stories.
Like “thing,” “people” is a nothing word. A filler. But you can easily change the bland and generic “people” to a word that better fits the scene and the character using the word.
Fiction can be made stronger by simply using strong and precise words in place of do-nothing filler words. Clear your stories of the filler word “thing.”
A look at words, punctuation, and writing elements that can be safely excised from novels, creating more memorable fiction.
Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.
Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.
Expletives—there is, there were, it is, it was, and so forth—can make sentences dull. And sometimes they’re just used too often in our writing. Learn how expletives can work either for or against story.