Tips and Tricks from the Editor

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Tip of the Day: Farther and Further…

Farther and Further have similar usages, however, they mean different things. Farther relates to a physical distance (the root word is “far”). Further is  a metaphorical construct. “How much farther?” “He intended to further his education.”

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Tip of the Day: Use scent to stimulate your imagination

It is common for writers to use music to help stimulate the creative juices, but the sense of smell can be just as powerful. Use essence. Use scented candles. Use essential oils. And vary the scent. Different smells will have different emotional responses which will be reflected in your writing.

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Tip of the Day: Be aware of time zones

If your character calls someone in a different country, or for that matter is calling someone on the opposite side of a large country, take time zones into account. Also consider differences with Daylight Savings.

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Tip of the Day: Act out the scene you’re writing.

If you are stuck on a scene, act it out. This is particularly useful when developing the dialogue. However, you might want to have the Dictaphone app running on your favorite device.  It’s almost a given that you will say the perfect line, but when you come to write it, you’ll forget exactly how you phrased it.

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Tip of the Day: Bring out the Lego…

How many times have you gotten stuck because you can’t work out exactly what your scene looks like? It may sound like a silly idea, but bring out the Lego and build it. Your Lego settings don’t need to be perfect, however, you never know: while building your scene, you might find that one detail that had been eluding you all this time.

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Tip of the Day: Tell, not show, the uneventful journey through the countryside.

It is a common mantra of writers: show, don’t tell. Understanding exactly what this means is a big step within a writer’s development, however, there will be a time when it is better to tell, not show. The ride through the countryside from Oxford to Cambridge is just one of them. Unless something interesting, and relevant, happens during that journey, just tell us that it happened. You’ll put your reader to sleep, otherwise.

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Tip of the Day: Pets are characters in their own right.

Pets are a part of our lives, giving depth to the interactions that our characters have with the world around them. However, pets are characters too, even if they are minor characters that never speak. They have little quirks that make them unique and often lovable. Give the pets in your stories the same character development that you would any other character.

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