Writing

Make Your Writing More Powerful

Weak writing? What’s that?

Hi… I’m experiencing a problem whenever it comes to writing; I have amazing plot ideas, yet when it comes to writing, my words feel… Very lukewarm, which is the only way I can describe it. Tips to make my writing more powerful, more meaningful… So that even the most mundane actions carried out by my characters do not feel boring? Thank you… ūüė¶

Great question. Not sure if I have great answers. As always I can only offer my suggestions.

Believe in your writing.

I think many writers doubt themselves and regard their work unfairly. Perhaps you’re being hard on yourself. Learn to believe in your work. You’re okay. You’re doing well. You’re better than you think.

Write scenes, not summaries.

Summary after summary can get quite boring. Consider whether you are just summarizing scenes rather than rendering them vividly. If you’re telling more than showing, that’s a sign you’re summarizing rather than scene writing.

Use strong verbs (over weak adverbs).

Don’t rely on adverbs to convey meaning. That’s lazy. That’s what I do. Don’t be like me.

Write what excites you.

If something bores you to write, you can bet it’ll bore someone to read. So write what interests you, what fascinates you. Maybe you love mysteries. Then write an exciting mystery novel where every scene takes the reader one step closer to figuring out the murderer.

Live a meaningful life.

Self explanatory, no?

Remove the boring.

What you leave in is just as important as what you take out. Feel free to skip a day or delete a paragraph if nothing happens in it.

Create interesting characters. 

Good characters have a way of making the mundane not as mundane.

Make the scene matter.

Every scene should accomplish something or a few things by the end of it. Go in with a goal and don’t get out until you achieve the goal. Even if the path to the end is different than you intended, make sure all scenes are in your story for a reason.

That’s all I have. Hope it helps.

Feel free to ask me anything.

Happy powerful, meaningful writing.

Writing

Writing A Strong Resume Tips

This post is geared mostly towards writers/bloggers but some of the tips can apply to just about everyone.

  • Minimize¬†use of articles (a, an, the).
  • Omit¬†first person pronouns (I, me, my, myself).
  • Use the active voice.
  • Don’t be wordy.
  • Avoid flowery and¬†condescending language.
  • Mention that you can provide clips of published writings and work samples/include them if asked.
  • Include contact information. Possibly your website address or blog URL if appropriate.
  • Employ¬†powerful verbs: created, devised, developed, drafted, envisioned, established, facilitated, inspired, organized, prioritized, produced, promoted, published, streamlined, etc.

It’s ironic how I’m giving tips on writing a strong resume when my own resume is in a serious need of an overhaul. Credibility diminished by 80 percent.

Writing

125 Synonyms For Said

I typed up this list of synonyms for the sometimes overused word said for all the writers/novelists out there. 

In some cases, it may be appropriate to to say:¬†I said, he said or they said. In other cases, using a stronger verb (likes the ones below) is a much better choice than adding adverbs to modify “said.”

“Let’s go,” he whispered.

“Let’s go,” he said quietly.

Which of the above is stronger?

“Stop!” she cried.

“Stop!” she said loudly.

Point proven? Okay enough with these bad examples.

  • Acknowledged
  • Added
  • Admitted
  • Advised
  • Agreed
  • Announced
  • Answered
  • Approved
  • Argued
  • Articulated
  • Assumed
  • Assured
  • Asked
  • Babbled
  • Bargained
  • Bickered
  • Began
  • Begged
  • Boasted
  • Bragged
  • Called
  • Claimed
  • Commanded
  • Commented
  • Complained
  • Confirmed
  • Cried
  • Decided
  • Declared
  • Demanded
  • Denied
  • Described
  • Discussed
  • Dismissed
  • Dictated
  • Encouraged
  • Emphasized
  • Examined
  • Enunciated
  • Estimated
  • Exclaimed
  • Explained
  • Expressed
  • Feared
  • Giggled
  • Grinned
  • Groaned
  • Grilled
  • Grunted
  • Grumbled
  • Hollered
  • Indicated
  • Inquired
  • Insisted
  • Interviewed
  • Instructed
  • Interrogated
  • Laughed
  • Lectured
  • Lied
  • Mentioned
  • Moaned
  • Mumbled
  • Murmured
  • Nagged
  • Noted
  • Notified
  • Objected
  • Observed
  • Opposed
  • Ordered
  • Pleaded
  • Pointed out
  • Prayed
  • Probed
  • Proclaimed
  • Predicted
  • Prompted
  • Provoked
  • Questioned
  • Reasoned
  • Reassured
  • Refuted
  • Related
  • Remarked
  • Repeated
  • Replied
  • Responded
  • Requested
  • Restated
  • Retorted
  • Revealed
  • Roared
  • Ruled
  • Scolded
  • Screeched
  • Screamed
  • Shouted
  • Shrieked
  • Smirked
  • Snapped
  • Sneered
  • Sobbed
  • Spoke
  • Sputtered
  • Squealed
  • Squabbled
  • Stammered
  • Stated
  • Stormed
  • Suggested
  • Supplied
  • Taunted
  • Thought
  • Told
  • Urged
  • Uttered
  • Vented
  • Vowed
  • Yelled
  • Wailed
  • Warned
  • Whined
  • Whispered
  • Whimpered

Please note the list below has been alphabetized to the best of my abilities.