- Don’t be afraid to use your imagination, even if it seems like a silly idea at first.
- Use the names and places and events familiar to you and go from there.
- Tell it like it is, don’t froo froo it up with unnecessary details.
- Incomplete sentences are fine and add voice. (occasionally)
- Every once in a while, a simile or a metaphor add description.
- Don't start every sentence in the same way because always starting with "The sea turtle..." gets boring.
- Start the story with a hooking first sentence like: "Tommy dunked my face in the snow."
- Spelling correctly is overrated, especially when computers have spell check.
- What's an adverb?
- If you can read it aloud and no one gets up and walks away, you've got a winner
- If your book doesn't rhyme, it better have rhythm (see above)
- Write about characters I can fall in love with, even if they do have some faults
- If the main character has the same name as me, I now have a new favorite book
- When I read you something I wrote, please tell me at least one nice thing about it or I'll cry
have a great day reading, writing, and/or doing all the great things you do!
*check out this post announcement from one of our favorite bloggers (now a debut author)! i know what i'll be doing on november 15! way to go tahereh mafi!*