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Old 10-30-2015, 11:08 PM
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Default What was the most helpful writing advice you received?

There's the standby "write every day", so I'll start with that one and get it out of the way.

One that really made an improvement in my writing was "show, don't tell".

Any other advice?

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Old 10-31-2015, 09:14 PM
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Howdy poirot.

The only advice I ever got early on was to forget it and get a decent job.

The best decision I ever made was to try and always tell the truth and not write senseless BS for airheads. This didn't make me a lot of money, but allowed me to feel good about the work.

Have a nice writing day.

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Old 11-01-2015, 05:13 AM
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I've received good advice as it pertained to a specific piece of writing.

But I don't think I've been given or seen much general advice that was very useful. Especially things that start with avoid, don't use, never, you shouldn't, remove all, etc.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:58 AM
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Not particularly my favorite professor, once told me that I should rewrite my story to include chronic and static tension.

Otherwise known as plot and subplot, you need to be able to pull your audience in and out of the plot line for a more interesting ride. Reading the work of a successful writer also helps if you are having trouble.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:54 AM
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The most important personally?

Probably the one that was along the lines of "dude your paragraphs suck." I'm serious that made my writing way better right there.

Actually, a more accurate description was it made my writing way more easy to just sit down and read.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:36 PM
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It's not strictly writing advice but there are a few quotes that I like regarding writing.

"Find what gave you the emotion; what the action was that gave you the excitement. Then write it down making it clear so the reader will see it too and have the same feeling as you had."

- Hemingway

From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.

The list should also include: Loves and Hates.

- Chuck Palahniuk
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Write mostly about your own experiences and keep it real. Well, I've talked to people at NASA online so I know something about what it's like to lift off and travel out into space but not every Sci-fi writer is an astronaut. So no, it can't all be about only things I've experienced. Also, if I keep it too real then space flight and espionage could be seriously boring topics.

But what I can write about from my own experience will always trump anything I research so my writing needs to be a mix of both.
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