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Writing Tip #4: Use a structure There is no one right structure for a book any more than there is one right structure for a house. Some will be linear, and take the reader step by step directly through to a conclusion like a long hallway opening into an inner courtyard.

reader is there with you. When you tell, the reader relaxes to the point of mental slumber. Writing Tip #13: Use humor w hen you can Not everyone cracks jokes all day long. But a light touch from time to time lowers a reader's guard and opens her to your ideas. Be careful that your humor is kind and tasteful, unless of course you are writing for seven-yearolds, when bodily function humor is high on the list.

Writing Tip #5: Use strong v erbs and nouns The verbs are the action words. They put things in motion. Make yours as strong as possible. Short words are usually best. They have more punch. They hit the gut hard.

Writing Tip #6: Be w ary of adv erbs and adj ectives If your verbs and nouns are strong, you can get rid of many adverbs or adjectives. Don't know what they are? They are the "describing words" your elementary school teachers told you to use to make your writing "more interesting." Writing Tip #7: Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar Yes, there is a time to turn on the proofreader. A book is like housework. No one notices when it is done well , but they see your mistakes clearly. Writing Tip #8: Work the details Your ideas come through more clearly when they are supported by details. Sensory details bring a scene clearly to mind. Give specific names for things

Writing Tip #14: Build to the end When you write a list, put the most important, unusual, or powerful item last. The final sentence in a paragraph ties up your ideas in a neat package or hints at what is to come. Your most powerful paragraph comes at the end of the chapter. Writing Tip #15: Choose a beckoning title A good title is catchy and says, "Read me." Dependi ng on your topic, you may want to steer clear of a "cute" or "witty" title in favor of one that makes a clear promise of what is inside. Writers often discover a title as they write. Sometimes a phrase or reference in the book comes to stand for the whole work. Take your time to find a good title. You want one that calls to a reader, insisti ng on a purchase. Writing Tip #16: Print out a hard copy Writing Tip #17: Read your w ork aloud Writing Tip #18: Find an editor Source: This article first appeared at writershelper.com by an anonymous author.

Writing Tip #9: Cut, cut, cut Cutting words from writing is like pruning in the garden. When we get rid of the dead, diseased, and ugly, we are left with a stronger, more beautiful, fruitful plant Writing Tip #10: Use activ e v oice Active voice is stronger and moves the action along. Passive voice sounds like someone is trying to hide something or to avoid responsibility. We find passi ve voice in many government documents Writing Tip #11: Use parallel structure Doing the same thing in the same way creates a pattern that helps a reader follow along. Writing Tip #12: Show , don't tell What does it look like, sound like, feel like, taste like, smell like? When you describe a person or event, your

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