Tips you would give to any author (86)

84 Name: SoundzofSilence : 2010-12-22 22:33 ID:6seHZ9aZ

My advice to any author or anyone who wants to be an author is:

a) when you write something, have someone else edit it, someone who is trustworthy and critical. If you don't have friends or co-workers you can trust to edit what you wrote, don't look at what you've written for a period of time (a few days, a week, or a month) and read through it again

b) research your topic and be as accurate as possible (if you're going to BS something, do it well and make it convincing)

c) remember your readers aren't in your head. They might not know what you know and they haven't been beside you while you researched. For example, your audience might not know that Naruto is a descendent of the Uzumaki clan, a clan that specializes in seals. Explain that fact. Don't assume your readers have been keeping current on their reading, but don't oversimplify the explanation or it's insulting.

d) read a lot. Reading other authors' work can inspire you and, depending on what you read, helps improve your vocabulary and writing skills. If you like how someone writes, you might try imitating their style.

e) this is just my suggestion, but when you come across a word you don't know when you read, write it down and look it up later. This expands your vocabulary. You can also do this if you find a word you like--write it down and use it in your own story. It improves the quality of your writing.

f) Be consistent. If your character is a coward, when danger rears its head, your character isn't going to stand and fight (or not for long). He's probably going to run, or think about running, or how he and his companions (if he has friends) can escape with minimal or no damage.

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