Over the holidays, I asked folks in my online network to share one-sentence writing tips. I’ve received sixteen so far, and will put up three or four a day while inventory lasts. If more tips dribble in, I’ll make room.
MaryChris Bradley and Melanie Jackson contributed variations on “Plant your butt in the chair and write.”
Gail Buesnel – “Dangle participles at your literary peril.”
Jonnie Comet – “All good stories are about characters.”
Dixon says: These are all excellent. MaryChris and Melanie remind us of the difference between writers and wannabes - the discipline to sit down and write something on a regular basis. Gail's tip makes me think of the poorly edited self-published books I've seen lately that were rife with misspellings, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, tense confusion, and subject/verb mismatches. If you're a lover of language, it's enough to make you cringe. Finally Jonnie reminds us that, even in a tightly-plotted tale, character is what keeps the reader turning pages.
Tomorrow will see concise tips from Kathy Dunnehoff, Ellie Mack and Charles O. Maul.