Fiction Tips

Build your plot around the decisions you want your protagonist to make.
• Keep it simple. Tell the story. Make sure you have a clear beginning, middle and ending.
• Write from your heart. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Readers will sense if you’re not being genuine.
• Always remember the end. Where are you taking your characters? You should keep them on the path to that finale. If you don’t, you risk losing your readers along the way.
• Use body language. Use simple descriptions with lots of sensory details. Describing through the senses ensures that you show and don’t tell.
Edit your essay. Remove excess slang and buzzwords from your manuscript. These words will age your writing needlessly.
• Don’t drag out the ending. Once the question that started the story has been answered, let your characters and your readers get on with their lives.