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Practical Prompt 4-26-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou 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.

If all your chapters end with tidy resolutions, it will be easier for readers to put down your book. Consider ending more of them in the middle of climactic moments to keep readers turning the pages.

Practical Prompt 4-19-17

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If your story is reading too slowly, one simple strategy for increasing the pace is to break longer sentences and paragraphs into shorter ones. Conversely, if the pace is too fast in a given part of a scene, slow things down by using more compound sentences and combining shorter paragraphs to make longer ones.

Practical Prompt 6/8/16: Dialogue Part 3

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For our May “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had great dialogue. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.

Dialogue isn’t just characters talking. The words should be interspersed with action, description, and character thoughts. Note how the author of the book you read for this month’s challenge used those elements to create tone, give information, and alter the story’s pace. Selecting a scene from your story, write three different versions: one with only dialogue, one with more action, description and character thoughts than dialogue, and one where the dialogue makes up roughly half the word count. Which one gives you the best tone and pacing for the scene?

Practical Prompt 12-16-15

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You 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.

Does your chapter ending compel readers to turn the page, or does the action just fizzle out? Take the scene you’re working on now, and build the action (physical, emotional, or psychological) to a climax so that your readers will be begging to know what’s next.