I have been wanting to do this post for some time, and Cornelia gave me the 'okay' to type it up!
I am sorry I haven't posted very much lately; I have been under the weather. You see, I am an older doll, and my limbs are very loose. I will have to have an operation to fix that.
I am a little nervous.
Regardless of my predicament, I am here today to give you tips and tricks for writing everything from non-fiction to novels and everything in between.
There are a few basic rules for writing:
1) Show and Don't Tell
When you write, it is much more interesting to say "The city trembled in fear" than it is to say, "There was an earthquake".
Do you see the difference? A little figurative language make for a much more interesting description than point-blank facts.
2) Use Strong Verbs, Not Nouns
This is a trick for maximum impact. Instead of being overly flowery with your nouns, use action-packed verbs to make an impression.
Instead of "The infant child slept in his bassinet by the wood-burning hearth"
You could say, "A baby dozing near the fire wailed when it became too hot".
3) Grammar is Important!
No one appreciates poor grammar. Your teachers, friends and editors will thank you when you use an apostrophe correctly and spell xenophobia correctly.
4) Give Nonfiction a Purpose and Fiction a Plot
Everyone has opened a magazine at some time or another to find a cover story on a topic that they were interested in, only to find that the article rambles on without purpose for pages and pages.
The same is true for novels.
What an interesting idea! You think, only to find that there is not purpose and nothing holding your attention enough to keep flipping the pages.
5) Write What You Would Want to Read
Don't write anything that you see as trendy right now. There are a variety of reasons for this. First, it is a trend, which means it will be harder to sell your manuscript once it's finished, because everyone is writing the same dystopian love story, just with different names and locales.
Also, why would you invest 10,000 hours to write a book or article you are not passionate about?
Write a book you would want to tell your friends about.
Write the article that you will be proud to speak about in front of crowds.
Write what makes you happy.
I hope this helps!