Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

Should we add a character in a story for realistic effect?

How do you make a story more realistic? 7 Tips for Writing Realistic Characters Draw from real life. … Incorporate flaws. … Include mannerisms. … Give the character motivation. … Write realistic dialogue. … Include relationships with supporting characters. … Develop your characters. What is a realistic character? The realist is someone who doesn’t expect […]

What’s An Acceptable Word Count for a Debut Novel?

80,000 to 100,00080,000 to 100,000 range. While anything over 40,000 words can fall into the novel category, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. Anything over 110,000 words is considered too long for a fiction novel. How many words should a debut novel be? As with general fiction, for a debut it’s best to err […]

How do I find flaws in a character I’m building?

How do you identify character flaws? Common Sense Ethics 5 Insightful Ways to Identify and Change Your Character Flaws. 11/5/2016. … Look at Yourself From Your Enemy’s Perspective. … Keep a Personal Journal. … Examine What Keeps Coming Up in Your Evening Review. … Observe Your Projections. … Do a Self-Assessment. What are your 3 […]

Writing Across Multiple Genres

Writing in multiple genres equals more work (and often) less income. It’s hard to build traction in one genre, let alone several. Switching or jumping genres leads to building multiple smaller audiences instead of steadily building a larger, more engaged fan base. Can you write in multiple genres? While some writers focus on a single […]

What can I do to make my writing less choppy?

If you find that you have a lot of short, choppy sentences in your writing, here are five ways to improve them. Conjunctions. Try combining sentences using a conjunction. … Subordination. Subordination involves combining a main idea with an incomplete clause using a connector. … Appositives. … Modifying Phrases. … Reworked Ideas. Why is my […]

Should each book in the series be a similar length?

No, it doesn’t have to be. Those are already very similar word-counts. A reader will most likely not tell the difference when reading them. How long should books in a series be? If you had to come up with a number, only 3% of the readers thought a series should last between 10 to 15 […]

How to do dialogue?

How to Format Dialogue in a Story Use Quotation Marks to Indicate Spoken Word. … Dialogue Tags Stay Outside the Quotation Marks. … Use a Separate Sentence for Actions That Happen Before or After the Dialogue. … Use Single Quotes When Quoting Something Within the Dialogue. … Use a New Paragraph to Indicate a New […]

How to use foreign words and provide translations in a novel?

How do you write foreign words in a novel? 5 Ways To Incorporate Multiple Languages Into Your Fantasy Novel Write the meaning, not the words. One option is to explain in narration what characters are saying in another language. … Use dialogue tags. … Include a translation guide. … Sprinkle dialogue with key foreign words. […]

How to choose ideal number of main characters?

Most novels of every genre have 2-5 main characters. Romance novels almost always have 2-3 main characters, usually with two love interests and a buddy/sidekick for the male or female lead. A mystery novel usually has 2-3 main characters, perhaps even up to 5. Is 9 main characters too many? The short answer is: no […]

How to leverage social proof?

5 Ways Your Brand Can Leverage Social Proof Turn employees into brand ambassadors. … Capture real-time social proof by listening. … Collaborate with customers & influencers. … Ask your customers to write online reviews. … Add social share counts to your site. … 25 Power Words to Drive More Engagement With Your Social Campaigns. May […]