Tips For Writing

Just a few little pet peeves and tips for when you are writing a story on Quibblo. I hope they help!

Chapter 1

Chapter One

Tip #1
1. When deciding on your title, make sure it makes sense and has something to do with the story, it doesn't just sound cool. Also, don't make it too wordy or too long so it will be easier to Refrence the story. Capitalize the first letter in each word. Exceptions: is, if, the, and, of, but. State if your story is a fan fiction or original story. Either use a dash or parentheses to separate the type of story it is from the title.

Tip #2
2. Make sure that when you are writing in the information box, include a summary of your story that doesn't give any important details away, but still gives the reader an idea of what the story is about.

Tip #3
3. When writing your story, give the chapters interesting names or just number them, but keep the theme of the titles the same throughout your whole story (ex. Only use verbs for the chapter titles or always make the chapter title a clue of what is going to happen next). Also, don't make your chapter title's too long or obvious as to what is going to happen next (make it so your reader wants to read the rest of the chapter).

Tip #4
4. When writing your story, make sure to put in paragraphs. Clear paragraphs make the story layout more pleasing to the reader's eye and paragraphs make it easier to read. (In other words, don't make your chapters one, long blob of words). Also, when you put in your paragraph, make sure it ends at an appropriate time. (Ex. When it changes from one character's thoughts to another or a new idea is being told.)

Tip #5
5. Use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. Doing this will make your story seem more professional and have more appeal to the reader. Also, capitalize the first letter in each sentence and proper nouns (Names, places). Space after a period before you start typing again.

Tip #6
6. Use dialogue correctly. Change paragraphs when a different person is speaking. Use quotation marks. Ex:

"I think we should go to the park," Sue stated.

"But I thought we were going to the movies?" Said Bobby.

Tip #7
7. Keep thoughts the same throughout your story. If you italicize a characters thoughts at the beginning of a story, keep italics throughout the whole story.

Tip #8
8. Vary your words. Instead of repeating an action, change the words around. Ex:

He paused for a moment. or There was a second of silence before he answered.

Tip #9
9. Make sure you keep the same tense (past- or present- tense) throughout the whole story.

Tip #10
10. Make your facts authentic. If your story has characters/events in it that are real/actually happened, stay as close to the facts as possible. Also, this is just my opinion, I always like it when you stay true to a characters personality who you took from a book/real life. If you want your story to sound intellectual but you have no clue of set-in-stone facts about a topic you are writing about, make things up, but also make the made up facts sound believable. If you have trouble making up facts, you can always Google it.

Tip #11
11. Don't add too much sensory details. It is always nice to have sensory details such as emotions, taste, sound and touch, but if you go too in detail, the reader gets confused, bored or even completely forgets what object/thing/place you are describing.

Tip #12
12. Before you start to write a story, develop it a little bit. Plan out your story or at the very least make a sequence of events. This helps you when you are writing to see of you need to add any details that will be important later in the story. Also, it is always cool to put foreshadowing into your writing, and you have to know what is going to happen next to be able to foreshadow.

Tip #13
13. Before you write a chapter, ask your self, "What do I wish to accomplish in this chapter?" "What do I want to make the reader think is going to happen?" "How do I want to make the reader feel?" This will help you when you are describing a characters feelings and actions toward other characters.

Tip #14
14. Make the genre diverse. Don't make your story just one genre. If you have more than one genre, your story will be more appealing to a wider range of possible readers and the story won't get as overwhelming if there are many plots to it. Suggestions: If you are writing a romance story, add a little comedy or mystery to the plot. If you are writing an adventure story, add humour.

Tip #15
15. Try to keep an even excitement line. In other words, don't have one chapter be the climax of your story where all the action takes place and it is overwhelming overwhelming to read and have the next chapter be really boring where absolutely absolutely nothing happens. Also, don't drag out an emotion. If a character feels the same emotion for a long period of time, describe that long period of time in one -to-two paragraphs instead of dragging it out in many chapters.

Tip #16
16. Make your characters interesting. Don't have all of your characters be perfect or exactly the same. Make them relatable. Make your reader want to know that character personally, or, if they are the antagonists, make the reader hate them! Also, do not make their personalities over the top. Ex. Extremely crazy or extremely mean unless that characteristic is important to the plot.

Tip #17
17. If you don't like your story, the reader doesn't like the story. What I'm saying is, if you are not so crazy about your idea for a story and you are just writing it because you are bored, then trash it. If you don't like your story that much, it most likely won't be written that well and in result, the reader will not enjoy it as much.

Tip #18
18. Make sure your story has a clear ending with a rememberable line. This helps the reader to feel closure about the resolution.

Tip #19
19. The first sentence of every chapter, especially the first one, should make you want to keep reading. Suggestions: Start with a jolt or a vague statement that makes you want to know what the true meaning of it is. Jolt: Ex. Start in a very intense situation with a lot of chaos (Ex. The Lost pilot episode.) Vague statement: Ex. A general opinion about a topic or situation (Ex. "I didn't want to be a half blood..." ~Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif)

Tip #20
20. Last but not least, make your story unique. Use an idea that has never been done before and will be fresh and new to the reader. This will leave your reader in anticipation for the next chapter.

I hope these help to make your stories even better than they already are!!! If you have any questions about writing or need help with a story, comment or message me. Thanks!!!

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