Tips for better writting?

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Tips for better writting?

Postby MrPassable » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:01 am

Hi Im new here. Kinda wanna post a story Im working on quite awhile, Im already at Chapter 4 or 5, but I feel like it isnt really great. Im not really a good writer and I usually do this for the fun and all but that leaves to some bad writing skills. I know there are people who would proof read or edit it, but I dont want to add more load to them in a way. Im thinking if I should revise again at least, so for anyone reading this, do you have any tips?

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby Silkscreen » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:53 am

Without knowing the piece, how could anyone give advice?

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby Kishin » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:58 am

Post what you have now. That's the only way anyone can give you feedback on your writing.
The main advice I give writers here is:

a: Try not to write the great novel. You might have some epic ideas, but don't try writing an epic all at once. Take it little by little. Write it in chapters or very short novella formats. Most of us won't make it through J.K. Rowling sized texts anyhow. So cut it up into more easily digested parts.

b: Don't write too many characters. The audience will get overwhelmed and start losing track of who's who. Writers who've been at it a while (George RR Martin) can get away with a ton of characters. But even he takes a good long while to tell his stories.

c: Use good description. The more description you write in, the more immersive your work becomes. You can overdo this, so be careful you aren't making the story drag by describing the same things over and over.

d: Not getting feedback doesn't mean people didn't like it. Our group is pretty quiet and introverted. Most of us have to hide our fetish from everyone, including spouses, family and friends. We're not used to being open and some of us don't like to discuss it, even on a forum. If you don't get immediate feedback, don't get discouraged. Likewise if you DO get feedback, take it for what it's worth and appreciate the fact that someone took the time to talk to you about it. :faceoff:
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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby DZiegler » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:55 pm

I'd say post the stories you have written! People on the board almost always provide great feedback so you know what's working versus what needs work!

I few tips that I (try) to apply myself are as follows:

1. I like doing two editing passes when finished writing. Helps to catch awkward wording, misspellings, bad grammar etc. without leading to endless re-writing that can really stall progress!

2. I like to put two line breaks between chunks of writing to make it more readable (like I'm doing now). Giant clusters of text without line spaces are super difficult to read and often will make it more difficult for the writer.

3. Read some of your favorite pieces of writing (whether it be fembot related or not) and take notes on what you like about their writing style. Then try to incorporate that into your own writing! I have a spreadsheet of ideas/phrases/wording/writing tips that I've put together from my favorite stories on this site and the wiki. I often have it open up on my other monitor when I'm writing.

4. Write Write Write! Practice makes perfect they say - I think you'll find that the more you write and post (we always love having new content on the site!) you'll find your strengths and weaknesses and become a better writer over time!

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby tectile » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:04 pm

I'm a less than sub par writer at best but one of the most practical pieces of advice I've heard was from Stephen king.
"Omit needless words".
I've heard many successful authors say that his book "On writing" was invaluable to improving their skills.

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby evil_boo » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:16 pm

For me, just write.

Ive tried to plan out twists and turns in a story and it always ends in failure. Some of tue stories ive gotten the best feedback on were stories that had a one sentence premise, that i just ran with. You can always go back later and change something to make it fit with future events.

Also, if you want to try and write a story with a twist. Trust me, we know the woman is a robot. Everone here assumes all women in any given story might be a robot.

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby The Liar » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:09 am

Find out what kind of writing style you're good at, and focus on that.

Have a beginning, middle and end planned out to use as guide points to work towards, but don't be afraid to change them as the story develops.
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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby dieur » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:08 am

I usually need a scene in mind and an idea. The idea gets me going, and the scene is the destination I'm shooting for. It works fine for very short stories, but I struggle a bit with longer works.

Otherwise, I agree with what others have said. Just write. It might not be great. My lumbering early works are recorded in perfect fidelity on the wiki. But writing lets you start to get better.
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One piece of advice I like was that once you start writing, just write. Don't go back and edit, just keep on going. It's better to have 3 pages done badly than 2 lines perfectly. (I don't follow this advice all that well, but I'm working on it). Then once you have a basic story hashed out, go back and start editing. Chop out anything that doesn't advance the story. Does the reader really need to know how carefully Sam brought the spoon of soup to her mouth? No? Chop it. Deciding what's necessary or not is naturally an extremely personal decision, but in general the more you tighten up the story the better it will read.

Another classic piece of advice is "show, don't tell". That is, if Sam is a very careful person, and it's important to the story that we know she is, then don't just say "Sam was a very careful person," but instead come up with a way to show Sam's carefulness. "Joe leapt from rock to rock, and was half way across before Sam found her first foothold. 'You're going to fall!" she called. 'So what?' Joe asked. He picked a larger rock and turned to face his companion. Sam was gingerly testing her next step with a toe. 'I'm not the one who shorts out if I do. Hurry up, slow poke!'"

But again, that's something that comes with experience. It took me awhile to really understand, and by 'took me awhile', I mean I had to write some bad stories and read them before finally realizing what, for example, 'show not tell' actually meant, and I'm still slow at it.

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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby D.Olivaw » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:04 pm

Everyone else has given excellent advice. My own addition would be to wait a week before returning to edit your first draft of a story. Even after several days there's still a tendency to read what you meant to write as opposed to what you did write, but I find that a full week usually allows me to approach the draft more like I'm reading someone else's work (i.e. objectively).
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Re: Tips for better writting?

Postby Saya » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:42 pm

Best way to learn how to write?

Read.

No, seriously, read some other people's work. Here on the boards and in general, books and other short stories and the like. It's often times how I get inspired to write in new styles, get inspired for story ideas and the like. It helps me tremendously, and it can be a very good way to narrow your narrative focus and refine your style.
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