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Monday, June 8, 2009

Mugging the Muse

I am reading a great book at the moment by Holly Lisle entitled Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Love and Money, a fun and insightful little read about how (and how not) to write.
I highly recommend it. In fact, I thought I'd post some of her tips for general story writing, just to get you excited.

1) Avoid passive voice
--- don't be boring!

2) Use active verbs
--- extend you vocab

3) Eliminate most adjectives and adverbs
--- "ly" words slow down the story

4) Use concrete detail
--- five senses

5) Tell a story worth telling
--- purpose, theme or message

6) Know your characters

I have left out all the meat sandwiched between these points, you will have to get the book to read the rest. This was just a teaser. In Mugging the Muse, Holly talks about everything from starting to write through to finishing a novel. Her style is witty, relaxed and encouraging, yet baldly honest about the realities and pitfalls of being a professional writer. Speaking about the personal cost of following the dream to be a writer, Holly says, "Every dreamer pays a price. But so does everyone who fears to dream."

So, hunt up the book, read, then get dreaming and get busy!

You can visit Holly Lisle's site at: http://www.hollylisle.com

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