Quick Tips / Short Takes

Quick Tips/Short Takesquick tips



  • Writers write
  • Show up for work
  • Stare at your story
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Good writing isn’t writing…it’s rewriting.
  • Less is more
  • Dialogue is the superhero of writing
  • Nouns and verbs – yes
  • Active voice
  • Clear point of view
  • The story comes first
  • Consider the reader
  • Rewrite
  • Thesaurus
  • Read it out loud
  • Avoid clichés
  • Break the rules
  • The dreadful alternative
  • Fifteen minutes a day
  • Conflict, conflict, conflict
  • Success is inside yousmile

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  • loianegroner.com
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8 responses to “Quick Tips / Short Takes

    • In the early nineties, I started a diploma program in creative writing in the continuing education division of our large school district. (the bean counters have since eliminated all continuing education). I produced two writing manuals for this program. I use a lot of material from those manuals. Level 1 and Level 2. I still use Level 1 in class for new students to writing. They cost $18.00 Canadian. My guess is that shipping them to Australia would not be cheap. If someone follows along in this blog, they will see most of it. The book looks like a course textbook or workbook. It’s got one of those plastic binder things to hold it together.
      As we say here in Canada, “Have a nice day,Danielle.” I actually hate that. It’s a cliche.

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