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Practical Prompt 6-12-18

It’ easy to use certain words and phrases over and over again. So, when you’re done writing a scene, take advantage of your writing software’s “find” function to see how often words appear in your prose.  Now go through and cut the ones  you can or re-write the sentences to  eliminate the repetitions.

 

Practical Prompt 10-2-15

WriteOwls logo 150 whiteYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Last week we worked on a scene in your novel. This week, look at your book in larger chunks. Is a particular scene necessary? Or chapter? It’s OK to write long in the first draft, but don’t forget to go back through and take out the warm-up exercises when you revise.

Practical Prompt 9-25-15

WriteOwls logo 150 whiteYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

It can be hard to know the best place to begin a scene (or chapter, or book) before it’s written, but your first instinct isn’t always the best. Go back over a scene you have already written and try deleting a paragraph or two at the beginning. Does removing that segment take away something vital from the story? If not, strengthen the scene by starting it as close to the important action as possible.

 

Practical Prompt 9-18-15

WriteOwls logo 150 whiteYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

The length of a novel is often determined by the genre and/or intended audience. So make every word count. Go through your text and look for descriptive phrases that can be shortened to a single word or two. You’ll be surprised by how much just two words here, or three words there adds up. And that leaves more room for content that counts.