Saturday, 6 March 2010



1. Concentrate on your opening sentence.

This is where you will grab the attention of the reader.

2 Write as if to a friend

A story has to read easily and should sound great when read aloud.

3. Use simple sentences

Readers do not read more than 25 words before they are distracted. Use

no more than 15-20 words per sentence.

4. Alternate long sentences.

Use sentences of 4-5 words or evens single word it creates an impact and makes

reading easier.

5. Make paragraphs of 3-4 sentences.

Small paragraphs will entice the reader to go on. and on. and on.

6. Look at the verbs you use.

Are they strong or weak? Compare 'he has yelled at the top of his voice'

with 'he called out'

7. Use the 4 W's

What, Where, Why and When. There is a 5th W - Whether. Decide whether

you should use the word EDIT.

8. Believe in your Characters.

If you don't how can your reader? Your story should have one main character

and no more than one or two secondary characters. Only mention characteristics

or outward appearance if it adds to the story.

9. Check the rules.

If you are entering a contest check the rules. You don't want to be rejected for an

incorrect format or for using too many words.

10. One idea - one story.

When you have finished use your red pencil and edit again. Sometimes it helps

to put the story aside for a time and then look at it with fresh eyes.

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