Aiight so here are some tips that I’ve learned over time and I’d like to share:
1. Avoid using adverbs as much as possible. (Adverbs are words such as softly, loudly, angrily, etc.) They weaken your sentences a lot. Try to use synonyms for the adverbs.
Ex. “He spoke quietly.” = “He spoke in a hushed tone.” Or, “He spoke, the tone of his voice quiet.”
Ex. “She ran quickly.” = “She ran with a quick pace.”
But don’t worry about using a couple adverbs, there’s really no way to avoid using adverbs all the time. But if you can, try to use synonyms for the adverbs, they make your story sound really good.
2. Try to avoid calling people by their nationality/age. Yes I know, it can be pretty difficult to do that. I myself find that I use “the elder [x gender]” a lot. But if you can, try try try to avoid calling people by their age/nationality.
3. Affect =/= Effect. This is a very simple concept that some people just don’t seem to grasp. And that’s perfectly ok! We all make mistake people, even the greatest of writers do! Affect = Have an effect, make a difference. Effect = a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause. OR, the lighting, sound, or scenery used in a play, movie, or broadcast. Please please please, make sure to use these words in their proper context!
4. Listen to music when you write! I find that I get inspired to write by the tone of the music I listen to. Try and find songs that match the tone of your story maybe?
5. Don’t delete things you think “aren’t good enough” or “suck”. Seriously man, if you wanna get anywhere, you’ve gotta learn to just try and improve. Look at the things you hate about your story and re-imagine them. Remake them so that they fit your standards. DON’T, delete an entire story just cause of one part you don’t like.
6. BE. PREPARED. FOR. CRITICISM. If you write (and one day hope to get published), you can’t avoid criticism. When you go to an editor, they will not sugarcoat ANYTHING. They are going to tell you straight up everything you need to change and revise. Plus when you send in your manuscript, holy fucking shit it will get RIPPED (not literally of course). They are going to point out all the things that need to be revised. Don’t expect an editor to just love your story right away (I don’t even think that’s possible), they WILL criticize you and you WILL have to accept it.
7. Their/There/They’re and Your/You’re. Ah yes, this grammar issue as old as time itself. Their = Possession, There = A place, They’re = Contraction of they are. Your = Possession, You’re = Contraction of you are.
”That is their dog.”
”That is there dog.” OR, “That is they’re dog.”
”The dog is going over there.”
”The dog is going over their.” OR, “The dog is going over they’re.”
”They’re really cool people!”
”Their really cool people!” OR, “There really cool people!”
”I like your shirt.”
”I like you’re shirt.”
”I think you’re awesome.”
”I think your awesome.”
I think that’s all I wanna say right now. If I think of anything else I’ll update this, but for now enjoy.