Avoid clichés – use good comparisons for your metaphors.
Nov 16th – Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It! What is voice in writing and how do you find yours. Learn to tell the difference between voice and style. Writer’s Block has you stalled – we have tips on getting past them. Don’t forget to check out the weekly DOP Expeditious Writing Tips on the DOP website for additional writing tips.
This Thursday night, November 16th, 2017, from 7 pm to 8 pm at National College (2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis, TN). Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online. Only one reservation per person and the first twelve in is it. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use sensory images, yes all five senses, when describing the setting. If describing a cave, don’t just tell us it has rocky walls and cold air, but have your character touch the wall – is it covered in moss? Is slime flowing in rivulets down the rock to pool on the floor? Is the air dank and musty, choking her? Don’t overwhelm the reader with too much description either, sometimes less is more. Find a happy medium.
Avoid the words ‘LOOK’ and ‘FEEL’. Use more powerful words as this is another sign of telling, not showing your story.
Avoid the word ‘WAS’ and its other forms – were, am, is, are, will have, have been – as this shows passive voice.
EXAMPLE: Instead of – The floor was covered with dirty clothes. Try – I couldn’t see the floor for all the dirty clothes.
Oct 19th – Polish your work and make it shine – before you hit send!
Rules are meant to be broken sometimes, but you must learn them before breaking them. The Rule of Three – One of the oldest techniques in writing used to create engaging content. Have you finished your first short story or novel? Formatting 101 – Follow the Guidelines. Grammar & Punctuation – Common Mistakes that Drive Editor’s Crazy.
Thursday night from 7 pm to 8 pm at National College (2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis, TN). Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online. Only one reservation per person and the first twelve in is it. Email your request to email@example.com.
Keep adjectives and adverbs (‘ly’ words) to a minimum, and don’t modify ‘said’ with adverbs.