AuthorsDen.com  Join (free) | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Cheryl Carpinello, iJoe Bueno, iR. Glenn Brown, iRichard French, iDavid Seaburn, iRita Hestand, iMark Lichterman, i
  Home > Essays > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Ken Brosky

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 34 titles
· 7 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: Before 2003

   Sitemap
   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Message Board
   Read Reviews

Books
· The Orphanage of Doom

· Abandon: Stories

· Desolation: Stories

· The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

· Revenge of the Castle Cats

· Happily Never After

· Prince Charming Must Die!

· The King of Blades


Articles
· Five places to find a plot for your novel

· Creating a realistic setting in your fiction novel

· How to build your author web site

· 4 tips for beating writer's block

· A beginner's guide to writing a novel

· Places to find an agent or publisher

· Tips for re-writing and editing your writing

· How to give your narrator a voice

· Zooming in and out of your story

· Writing about family for fiction and non-fiction


News
· The Fiction Blog! is featuring free fiction

Ken Brosky, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing
By Ken Brosky
Last edited: Friday, December 28, 2007
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007



Share    Print   Save  Become a Fan
Recent articles by
Ken Brosky

• Five places to find a plot for your novel
• Creating a realistic setting in your fiction novel
• How to build your author web site
• 4 tips for beating writer's block
• A beginner's guide to writing a novel
• Places to find an agent or publisher
• Tips for re-writing and editing your writing
           >> View all 26
Tips so simple that you can't possibly screw them up.

A lot of writers just don't get it. They think just because they can type on a computer, they have what it takes to write a story. The phrase "You know, I've always wanted to write a book" creeps into casual conversation so frequently that it's easy to believe that such a feat can be reasonably accomplished without any schooling whatsoever!

Of course it isn't true . And, while these tips can be used by anyone interested in writing a story, they are aimed at writers who have taken the time to educate themselves in the process of writing.

1. Use real dialogue. Unbelievable dialogue can be the bane of intermediate writers. It's the easiest way to get stuck, and oftentimes we find ourselves unwilling to use dialogue from the real world in our fictional writing.

USE IT. Dialogue can make or break a story, and if the reader doesn't believe it's happening, he/she won't be able to suspend disbelief in any other aspect.

2. Use "he/she said" as your primary dialogue tag. Don't use tags like "muttered" or "mumbled" or "spoke" or "hissed" or "retorted" or anything else you found in the newest Writer's Digest. Stick with "said" as often as possible, no matter what. If you find that the tags are becoming redundant, try to give the character talking an action so you can cut the tag out without confusing the reader.

3. Do your research. Even in the fictional world, your characters will most likely abide by the laws of nature and thus will interact with the world in a similar fashion. This means knowing exactly what the name of that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat. Pick up a psychology book. Pick up a literary theory book. Study how things work in our world and apply them to your fictional world.

4. Highlight the originality of your work. Sometimes this can be easy to forget, but the fact of the matter is this: somehow, your work stands out. Even if you're writing the same old "hero" tale that's been told a million times before, something about your story is a little different. Highlight that. Make it stand out. Make the reader care.

5. READ. Read the great stuff and read the crap and learn from it. Get a feel for what makes the great stuff great, and what makes the crappy stuff crap. Not only that, you're supporting other writers who will, in turn, support you. There's no point in publishing 100,000 books a year if no one's going to read them.

Web Site Learn more at Final Draft Literary
f

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Books by
Ken Brosky



Revenge of the Castle Cats

Buy Options
Kindle, more..




The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, more..




Desolation: Stories

Buy Options
Kindle, more..




Prince Charming Must Die!

Buy Options
Kindle, more..




Happily Never After

Buy Options
Kindle, more..




The King of Blades

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, more..


Popular
Essays Articles
  1. Vituperative Recriminations
  2. Death by Dishonor
  3. Unforgettable Moments in Life
  4. Environmental Greenies Are Very Dangerous
  5. The Literary Author and Language Acquisiti
  6. Advice on Writing a Novel
  7. Overcoming Writer's Block
  8. A Meaningful Life
  9. Causation
  10. Dems Invoke the Nuclear Option
  11. I'm Afraid to Write!
  12. Americans Need to Pull Together
  13. Coal: Energy and Pain in Eastern Kentucky
  14. I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Driving a Chrys
  15. How to Organize a Community Clean Up
  16. America: Change it or Lose it
  17. Libertarianism Synonymous With The Article
  18. Think for Yourself
  19. Wall Street Protesters Don't Value America
  20. U.S. Inheritance Laws and Wealth Accumulat

You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.