View Full Version : Writing Tips and Tricks!!!

09-02-2011, 05:32 PM
Hey hey hey hey hey hey! XD


I've seen plenty of peoples on the Creative Corner that are writing stories... and I just WISH I could know how to write as awesome as the rest of you do! SO! I made this so that all of yah writers out there could post your own tips and tricks on writing, as well as READ tips and tricks on writing!
Writing is really fun, and totally reaches out to many peoples and helps them express themselves with words! Whether it be in any language, writing inspires all in MANY ways!

So! I'll start off... and these are just a little bit!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

<LI> Find your own way to write!
Writing can be in so many ways! Whether it be stories, poems, or full out books! But there are also other ways to find out how to put your words from your mind onto paper (Or a screen!)
Whether its using a pencil, pen, or typing it out on a computer (Remember to save!), find the way that's more comfortable to YOU!

<LI> Sort out your ideas!
There are many different ways to write, and many times... I don't follow this rule! But have you ever read a book that just doesn't sound right? The auther could have just rushed through the chapter to get to the next. Whenever many readers see this, they tend to close the book and shove it back onto the book case. So! While this is not always the case, having an ideafor what is going to happen now or next, always have a plot figured out in your mind. It helps stay organized and keeps things clean for when the reader actually reads it! It also helps YOU establish what you want the places to feel like and the way you want your characters to act or fell like to the reader! It really helps! While I LOVE to let my emotions spill out, I also have ideas in my head on the way I want things to happen and turn out.

<LI> Don't Plagerize!
Now! This is a very serious topic. While I often get jealous over ALL the books that I read... I can't copy any of the sentences. NOT saying that anyone on here does, but it isn't right to copy off a sentence and credit it as your own. This also includes others stories on here! If you ask the person... then it just may be okay, but the right thing to do is credit them aswell... and I SOOO know you guys are good with this anyway! I haven't seen much plagerism... so good job! YAYZ!!

<LI> Increase your Vocab!
Reading really helps with this! If you increase your understanding of words, you can put them in your writing! When you read, you can use context clues to find out what a word that you don't know means! I read ALLLL the time, and I have learned tons of words! It really does help! I know that some people may not like to read, but if you wanna write... it really does guide you along! This also can prevent plagerism and repition! (Saying the same word over, and over, and over, and over, and over...)

<LI> Find YOUR Writer's Voice!
I can't stress HOW important this is!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every writer has a special way that they write in... they just may not have totally dug it up out of their heart and soul! (That is, after all, where writing comes from! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) When you find your writer's voice, and its become clear to you, it REALLY improves the way you write! It seriously helps out! Reading can clear this up very thoroughly! I've noticed when I read another person's way of writing, it has helped me know the way I want to write! REading older books helps a LOT too. I have just recently read an older story (TWO actually) in class, and they have REALLY inspired me!

<LI> Be Grammatically Correct!
Misspellings, punctuation errors, and grammmar errors tick me off! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I can't read stories that are like that... but its just me! It just helps the reader figure out what you mean when you write... and it isn't THAT much work to reach your pinky over and hit the 'Backspace' button!

One of the worst sickeness to all Writer Kind! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I recently caught the 'Writer's Block Bug' and it was TERRIBLE! Not only does it dissapoint readers... it can also dissapoint you! It can feel like there is just no way to write what you wanna say! Its terrible! But there is a way! Get ideas from your friends! My friends TOTALLY helped me get through my rough patch! Also, Re-read what you previously wrote! It can jog your memory and help you remember what you wanted to say and how you wanted to say it!

And last but NOT least...
<LI> READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This helps in so many ways I can't even count...
Reading authors that inspire you to be like them or NOT like them is so good! Its great to find that certain writer(s) that helps you and inspires you to write more and more and MORE! I know plenty of writers that inspire me, but the numbers can be unlimited to the people that make you wanna write!

Writing is such a great passtime... and my head would explode if there weren't so many amazing stories out there!!

Continue writing everyone, and I hope you like this thread! Please post your Tips and Tricks to writing!

I would weally love to read them! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


09-02-2011, 05:50 PM

I http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif IT!!

Okay, soo, um.. Anyway, MY TIPS!!

•Always find what YOU think is interesting!
If you don't like your OWN writing, there's a chance it's not gonna be that good! Re-read it! (Like Dani says) and if you don't feel it's right to you, change it! It's what you feel! You'll be proud inside if you think that's a work of art! AND IT IS!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

•Think up spontaneous ideas!
If you use the same thing over again, readers are most likely to quit reading! Think some creative ideas! (exp., a parrot you don't know talks back and you get freaked out, LOLZ!http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif) Dig deep into that colorful brain and get somethin' new!

That's all for now, but I'll add more! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-02-2011, 05:58 PM
I just thought of a new tip!
Okay.. Before it blows away.. THAT RHYMED! Anyway, here!

•Expect the Unexpected!
Readers always expect a good consequence! Sometimes your lead character has to have something bad happen to them! Don't be afraid to put your idea on! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-03-2011, 03:29 PM
My character Micki(me) was thrown into the lions' den after being falsly accused of breaking a rule. Does that count as "Expect the Unexpected"?

09-03-2011, 03:32 PM
I think it does!


11-08-2011, 10:59 AM
Oh my gosh! This is an awesome thread!
Misspelling, grammar, punctuation... These are all SUPAH DUPAH IMPORTANT. If I read a story without that stuff... It's kinda annoying to me. Scratch that... REALLY annoying.
And for the first one... Lemony Snicket did that to a WAY TOO BIG extent. He had his own writing style, but it turned out to be so different from everyone else's that it was annoying. So don't do that. :P Bad Lemony Snicket.

Use a pen name!
If you don't want to use your real/Imagine Town name, use a pen name! A lot of famous authors did this, including J.K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket, Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, E.B. White, and way more used pen names. Make up your own!

11-09-2011, 09:00 PM
I've made up my own that I want to use if I ever publish a book. My first one will be in my name, but others will be in my pen name, HOWEVER! I will put my first and last name SOMEWHERE in every one of my stories (NOT the ones on here. XD PRIVACY!) so that readers know who I am. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I don't wanna put my Pen Name until a mod or something lets me. It isn't my real name. It truly is 100% fake, but the mods might not want me to... soz... XD


Glad you guys like this thread! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


11-09-2011, 09:04 PM
My tips!

reading will help your grammer, punctuation, and increase your vocab!

<LI> uhh ... thats all i have.

11-10-2011, 12:21 PM
I love this thread Dani! Do you mind if I feature it in Creative Corner so the most writers and readers will see it? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-10-2011, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by bubblemint9:
My tips!

reading will help your grammer, punctuation, and increase your vocab!

<LI> uhh ... thats all i have.
LOLZO Delzo!

11-10-2011, 04:56 PM
i would share my tips and tricks (first i need to think of them) but whats the point when I am a bad writer............................................ .................................................. .....................................-..--.....---

11-10-2011, 05:06 PM
These are amazing tips!!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Here are some of mine: http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

1: Never be afraid to think outside the box http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

2: "Inspiration exists, but it must find you working" -Pablo Picasso (For all of the procrastinators out there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

11-10-2011, 08:51 PM
Originally posted by skylight22:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bubblemint9:
My tips!

reading will help your grammer, punctuation, and increase your vocab!

<LI> uhh ... thats all i have.
LOLZO Delzo! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


11-11-2011, 12:07 AM
Originally posted by UbiDarla:
I love this thread Dani! Do you mind if I feature it in Creative Corner so the most writers and readers will see it? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif



I check the Creative Corner more than any other thread on this whole forum, and I noticed that it was a little off balance, so I looked at the top, and I was like, That's so cool! A mod made a thread like the one I had!

Then, I was like...


XD I think Salz will be the only one who gets this, but Selfie just sky rocketed...


Thank you so much! I don't mind, and I know that it won't stay up here forever, but I'm so glad that peoples will get to see and I'm so glad I get to help others with their writing!!

Thanks so much!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


11-11-2011, 01:28 PM
Oh, Erin's Selfie is crossing their arms and scowling and thinking, "WHAT ABOUT MEEE?!"
You forgot someone else who understands...

11-11-2011, 04:25 PM
Nice tips everyone. Here is mine but I dont know if its good . Do the impossible
Try to make your story the best you can in your way. You can do the impossible by making it longest or the characters can do something ot of th ordinary or mabe your story is the scariest story your choice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

11-13-2011, 06:39 AM
Always Have Inspiration

Songs really help me get through my chapter. If you create inspiration for yourself from others, then it makes it so much easier to create a chapter that you yourself love.

Develop Your Characters

If you don't love your characters as much as the other characters do, then the readers will dislike them even more. I've often read the prologue or the first page of books in a book store and I wouldn't have cared if the character got eaten by a crocodile. Those are the books that I put down.
Make your person become real to you! You want them to jump off the page!
(Unless you don't... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)


11-13-2011, 12:15 PM
You can't love a character just by reading the first page, the reader has to get to know that character first. If the reader doesn't care about the character after at least a couple of chapters then the characters aren't developed but you can't tell ONLY by the first page? The book could be the most amazing book ever and you wouldn't know it if you gave up that quickly http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Well I'm a reader, not a writer, so I don't have any tips really. Except read, and read a lot. My favorite series is 'Iron Fey' by Julie Kagawara more people should read that series.

11-13-2011, 01:44 PM
I have some tips for writing.

<LI> Never say you are a bad writer,or your book
Is not successful. It brings down your motivation and then you have no desire to wu rite a good story.
<LI>To NOT GET WRITERS BLOCK have EVERYTHING planned out! Writers block will get you no where and readers will stop reading.
<LI>Don't stop writing! I have a rally bad case of stopping,and then I forget to write so don't stop.
<LI>Have a grabbing plot that makes your readers want more!
<LI>Use really adult like vocabulary. While your readers read your book they learn more vocabulary!
Example:Reverie. Reverie means to dream. To daydream.

11-13-2011, 01:46 PM
<UL TYPE=SQUARE> <LI>Base things from real life
If you don't know what personality to use, or what someone should look like (roughly) you could always base it off of real life people you know, such as a neighbor or teacher. [/list]

11-18-2011, 02:56 PM
Your own 'chair'
As a writer,you must find your own comfort spot,or as I like to call it,'chair'.You must find what you are good at and try to stick to it.You must 'let your siblings get your chair'.
For instance,you like reading diary kind of books and so you write stories like that.You can't ,all of a sudden, change to funny stories.I beleive if you have a 'chair',you 'sit on it'.


11-18-2011, 05:04 PM
* Keep a notebook and pencil with you AT ALL TIMES http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Inspiration strikes from absolutely EVERYWHERE! And when it does, you can't always remember it - so write it down in a handy-dandy dirt-cheap notebook! This is very helpful for when you discover a name your like, which you could use for a character, an interesting word to look up, a place you have happened to walk across that seems like a great setting for a story, or when an awesome idea randomly forms in your head at the subway station (and Harry Potter was born..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)! Write about it all, so you won't forget! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

11-19-2011, 08:09 AM

If you put: .
Its a period, right?

If you put: ...
Its like, thinking, or a pause, right?

If you put: ..
It looks like you made a mistake.

Isn't that just sad?

SORRIES! I'm sick and my brain is spraying brain juice everywhere... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


*Don't let anyone tell you what to do:

As the writer, YOU have complete artistic control of YOUR own story. Many times, though, readers get completely excited and attached to your story, that when word gets out that you're going to do something drastic, like say, oh!, killing someone off, then they become angry.
Don't let them win.
If you're going to write something, and someone forces you otherwise, listen to your heart (And your story plot) for what you should REALLY do.
Others can give you words of kindness and ideas, but don't let them force you to do anything. If you want to kill a character off and its a vital part to your story, by all means...
Let them go!


If you're scared of them not reading your story anymore, don't be. If they were truly as loyal as they seemed, then they would continue reading, no matter HOW mandy characters die between the pages.



11-19-2011, 08:28 AM
*Reread your work, always. A lot of the time, you end up making mistakes and you never even know you did, so when you post, it looks unprofessional, or like you made a mistake. Mistakes could be anything, from spelling 'god' instead of 'good', or putting a comma instead of a period, or not capitalizing the first letter of your sentence, or missing a word, so that instead of 'He started to cry', you might say, 'He started cry', so it doesn't read right. Always keep an eye out for this kind of stuff! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-19-2011, 06:59 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif<span class="ev_code_PINK">AWESOME</span>

11-19-2011, 07:47 PM
I have recently come across some excellent writing advice from my fave author Cassandra Clare http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Here is one of my favorite (and utterly true) tips on how to avoid some of the most infuriating writing: http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

QUESTION: My writing is boring/slow/dull/drags on; What do I do?
Well, first off, boring writing covers a multitude of sins. Without looking at your writing (which I can’t do), I can’t tell you why it’s boring exactly, any more than if you call up a doctor and tell her you don’t feel well, she can tell you what’s wrong with you exactly. The differential, so to speak, is vast. This is why you need someone — a teacher, friends, ideally a class of writing students — reading your work and giving you feedback.
If you are convinced that your writing is boring, ask yourself a few questions:
Are you including details that aren’t necessary to the story, just to pad out scenes and make them seem longer/more important? Keeping in only details that matter to the story speeds up the pacing and keeps the story interesting.
“Joe got up and brushed his hair and then his teeth. He chose a blue sweater to wear and made bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast. He got his briefcase and opened the front door. He went outside and locked the door behind him. He went to his car and turned it on. He drove to work. It took twenty minutes.”
can be edited down to this:
“Joe went to work.”
Unless there is something remotely important about the tooth brushing, the breakfast food, or the locking of the front door, skip it all. It’s not interesting or significant to the story.
Are you overstating characters’ emotions in order to make everything seem more dramatic? Trying to make a scene seem more dramatic by adding in overwrought detail often has the opposite effect.
Are you using redundant language in order to add emphasis? For instance, “‘This is the worst day of my life,’ sobbed the wretched girl.’” We know she’s wretched from the sobbing and the fact that it’s the worst day of her life. We don’t need that extra adjective; once again, it slows down the pacing.
Does every scene you’re writing serve more than one purpose? A scene that tells you something about a character is good; a scene that tells you something about a character and also moves the plot forward is better.
Are you writing in the passive voice? Avoid passive voice; use active voice.
Are you being self-indulgent? Every writer has to love what their writing, but it can become a problem when you’re in love with what you’re writing. Especially if you’re in love with your main characters or in love with their relationship with each other. There’s a fine line between romantic and soppy. Also, you have to make us, the readers, care about your characters before we are ever going to care about their relationship with each other. Zoom on back up to the question above about characters and make sure yours are ones that we are going to love enough to follow them through the whole story.

Yup http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
And writers, PLEASE follow this advice....for the sake of tired readers...including me....

11-19-2011, 07:59 PM
Oooh...this is great!!!
1) Be Inspired!
Be inspired by anything! When you are in a writing mood, just grab a book and pencil, head out to a favorite place and just look around and be inspired, or when you see or hear something you really like, grab your notebook, and pencil quickly and scribble away!

That is it I have! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-19-2011, 07:59 PM
*HOOK your reader!
Give a strong opening to your story that will keep readers wondering, thinking hard, needing to know more!
For example, my favorite opening of all openings is from the best-selling book of all time (over 200 million copies sold!!!!!!) "A Tale Of Two Cities"! by Charles ****ens!! (I LOVE this book to death, btw!!) :

" IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

As you can see, Charles Dikens, the author of the novel, is an absolute genius! I used this hook (The hook of all hooks) as an example because it is captivating, draws readers in wanting to know more and why it was the best of times exactly! Books with strong hooks like that tend to be my favorite books http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

11-20-2011, 05:10 PM
HUH! everyone's a better writer then me?!

11-20-2011, 05:13 PM
*Don't make writing a competition.

I know it gets hard and it feels like you're stuck in a rut when no one comments on your story and it gets sent to the back of the forum. Don't worry though! Its not a competition between your story and other ones around you. Don't try to make it.
I know if often feels like it, but try to shake the thought.
Don't write for fame and fortune and popularity.
Write for the independence it brings us all.
Write to let your creativity flow.
Write to give your right brain (Or is it left?) a workout.

Simply write for the sake of writing.



11-21-2011, 03:26 PM
SO many great tips here! And the last one is especially relevant to the forums. Thanks for saying it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-23-2011, 09:06 AM
IKR! Dani is such a awesomeness writer!

11-24-2011, 08:22 PM
Don't make spelling/grammar/punctuation/capitilization/etc. mistakes. It just makes the story confusing. I just can't read them. You may think they mean nothing, but those are the resources that puts sense in the stories

11-24-2011, 08:30 PM
UbiDarla: http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif No prob!

Jaja: No she isn't. XD

Fiona: Super true. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I completely agree.


12-02-2011, 05:02 PM
I can't believe how awesomely awesome these tips are! I'm going to go start a story!

12-03-2011, 04:11 PM
Tip#9856: If you are going to make your chapters long, don't make it boring. I like long chapters IF they are interestinghttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-03-2011, 06:37 PM

Mine are probably SUPER boring... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


12-03-2011, 06:38 PM
1cent? XD

12-03-2011, 06:41 PM
GASP!!! DANI!!!!! YOUR CHAPTERS ARE NOT BY ANY CHANCE IN THIS WHOLE WORLD BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

12-04-2011, 12:29 PM
oh my gosh Dani! Don't say that - your long writing is soo amazing!!! EVERYONE loves your writing!!! It's my writing that's boring http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-04-2011, 12:34 PM
Why does every awsome, super-talented, wonderful writer have so low self-esteem?

Why don't you just face it?

You are AMAZING! Seriously!!!!!!

Just believe in yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!


And, this thread has given me some awsome ideas about how to improve my writing abilities!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!


12-04-2011, 12:50 PM

Never give up one of your stories because you think it's boring or because you think you're not talented enough! If you never finish a story you LIKED writing, then you will regret it! Only stop if you really don't like it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif If you like it, don't let ANYTHING stop you! http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif

12-05-2011, 02:01 PM
Loving the last tip...it's all about having fun and loving to write. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

01-01-2012, 06:31 PM
This hasn't been posted on in a while. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif All of the tips on here are amazing, and very helpful!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif They definitely are helping me improve my writing!!

Tip: Proofreading your work is a good thing, but just because you proofread it doesn't mean it is completely right. You know what your story is supposed to say, but others don't. As you're reading you could easily skip over words because you know what it is supposed to say. Instead try letting someone else read your story! They seem to notice the mistakes easier than you do! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif