It’s been a while since I’ve posted these and figured this would be a fun, quick blog for a Friday morning 🙂
Every now and then I’ll go on a Twitter binge and post a bunch of writing tips or pet peeves or whatever else is on my mind that day. So in light of that, here’s one of my recent Twitter “binges”
For those of you not familiar with Twitter – if you’re posting something under a topic you want people to be able to search on and follow, you use a hash tag. And mine was #writingtips. So since a lot of my Facebook friends either aren’t on Twitter or don’t follow me on there – I have a TON of Facebook friends…lol…I decided to do a blog about them so everyone could experience my warped-ness… I know – if you follow me on Facebook you already get a big dose, but hey – if you can stomach that much, what’s a little more, right?
Again, for those of you who don’t Tweet – you can only use 140 characters in your tweets so that’s why some of the funky abbreviations. I didn’t type them all fresh – I copied/pasted…LOL!
Now for those of you who have had me edit your books somewhere in your past – some of these will look familiar – and you’re already used to my warped sense of humor…LOL! But you may even have more “Tina gems” that I don’t have on here…
So here we go! Here are mine – feel free to add your own in the comments – especially the fun ones!! Don’t give up too early – some of the really fun ones are toward the end of the list! 🙂
1. #writingtips If a cock leaps 2 attention, it had better have little feet & B ready 2 run across the room…LOL!
2. #writingtips If writing anal scenes – don’t do a BrokeBack Mountain thing – sliding in w/ one stroke w/ no lube would HURT! Ouch!
3. #writingtips Another bad euphemism: “Dangling globes of manliness” – ACK!! Just say NO!
4. #writingtips If you aren’t getting hot and bothered while WRITING your sex scene, no one will while reading it!!
5. #writingtips Make sure your hero and heroine’s internal thoughts & dialogue sound different. Each character’s should be unique.
6. #writingtips Usually if a sentence begins with And or But, the ‘and’ or ‘but’ can B removed without changing the sentence & will read better
7. #writingtips Action/reaction. Let us see the character’s reactions to things – internal thoughts, emotional reactions & physical reactions.
8. #writingtips Don’t forget to SHOW emotions in your scenes. How are the characters feeling? SHOW US!! Don’t TELL us.
9. #writingtips A hero who looks at, fantasizes about or ‘plays with’ other women than the heroine (unless it’s a menage book) is NOT heroic
10. #writingtips Heroine can’t flirt/cheat on hero either – NOT heroic, If they both agree to a threesome etc – fine, but not outside of that
11. #writingtips When writing romance, a hero who is a jerk or treats her badly is NOT a hero. Readers want a romantic hero – give it to them.
12. #writingtips If your hero knows every brand name your heroine is wearing – he’s gay, folks! Which is fine if you’re writing M/M romance 🙂
13. #writingtips Be realistic. Most guys (sorry guys) can’t come four times in an hour…some women can…Don’t make readers roll their eyes!
14. #writingtips Word choice – jizz or love juice – YUCK! Just use come or orgasm. Don’t gross the reader out!
15. #writingtips KNOW your reader demographic – for romance – mostly highly educated women 18-50 Don’t talk down to them!
16. #writingtips If hero/heroine are running for their lives & stop to have sex – they kinda deserve to die…Just sayin’ LOL…
17. #writingtips Call it what it is. It’s not a ‘man rod’ or a ‘love shaft’ or a ‘steely length’ It’s a penis or a dick or a cock. Really…
18. #writingtips Don’t be afraid of words – use them, but use them well. Her yawning moist cavern is just icky! Sooo not sexy!! 😦
20. #writingtips “Clit” is better than a euphemism like “love button” – ACK!
21. #writingtips Word choice matters. Thigh is sexier than leg. Breast is sexier than boob or tit.
22. #writingtips If heroine/hero are chafing – and handcuffs aren’t involved – get them some freaking lube, ppl! LOL…That’s just not sexy!
23. #writingtips If a scene doesn’t move the story forward – cut it! Seriously!!
24. #writingtips World building: Make the rules for your world/characters & then don’t break them! You’ll lose the reader’s trust…
25. #writingtips Make sure U know your book’s timeline. Keep a chart. If 3 nights have passed, but it’s never bn dark-better B a paranormal LOL!
26. #writingtips If your prologue is just an excuse to do a backstory dump -cut it! Only use those when absolutely needed to set up a story-RARE
27. #writingtips If writing a sex scene & you’ve never done whatever it is U R writing about – talk to someone who has!! Seriously!
28. #writingtips Avoid using euphemisms that will make most people laugh – “his hairy man sack” is just gross! NOT sexy…lol!
29. #writingtips Anything that pulls the reader out of the story & gives them the chance to put the book down-weed it out of your writing!
30. #writingtips Try 2 avoid giving all your characters in 1 book names that R2 similar or all start w/ same letter-could confuse reader!
31. #writingtips Use of “locks” for hair has become cliche – seriously. PPL have hair, not locks unless it’s a padlock in their hair – ouch!
32. #writingtips Use age appropriate language 4 yr characters. If yr 20 year old heroine says “Golly gee” – that’s odd & jarring 2 reader
33. #writingtips Schedule a time each day 2 write, sit butt in the chair & write-brain will get the hang of being productive on cue.
34. #writingtips Watch repeated words used close together -distracting for reader. For me it’s usually a diff word in each scene I have to edit!
35. #writingtips “Mary was scared”=Telling. “Icy tendrils of fear raced up Mary’s spine”=showing. Paint a visual picture!
36. #writingtips Try to avoid using was/ing combos-makes it kind of passive. Was running can become ‘ran’ 🙂
37. #writingtips If yr pacing is slow & dragging-go back & make sure yr conflict is big enough & difficult enough! Conflict drives pacing!
38. #writingtips READ widely. Pay attention to writing you enjoy & writing you don’t and figure out why on both counts!
39. #writingtips Don’t use flowery writing-readers like simple writing that paints a visual pic, not something schlocky & makes them groan!
40. #writingtips Make sure your events aren’t out of order. pick up book, walk to door, open it, walk through, out of order won’t work here
41. #writingtips If yr hero is “hard enough 2 drive nails” he needs 2 call the # on the back of the Viagra box!! That’s not healthy!! Ouch!
42. #writingtips Avoid cliches – find a new, fresh way 2 say something! Make it yours. Cliches R distracting 4 the reader & don’t add value
43. #writingtips Remember even when writing that heroes usually don’t want to kiss a heroine right after she’s “swallowed” – Jarring for reader
44. #writingtips If your heroine’s vagina is “weeping” – there’s salve for that…LOL! Get her to the doctor! Ewwwwww!!!!
45. #writingtips Make sure the action is w/ the character, not the body part. Fists won’t clench on their own, the character clenches them…
46. #writingtips Beware of over repeated actions. If yr heroine is always sighing the reader is gonna wnt 2 kill her by the 10th time…seriously
47. #writingtips Keep in mind yr job is 2 paint a word picture 4 the reader so they cn C the pic U have inside yr mind when writing the scene
48. #writingtips Beware of wimpy verbs that don’t give reader a visual picture – words like ‘put’, ‘got’, and ‘went’ Use a more descriptive verb
49. #writingtips If the heroine’s heart clenches inside her chest and she’s short of breath, she’s not in love, she’s having a heart attack!!
50. #writingtips Who vs That. If you are talking about a person – use ‘who’. If you are talking about a thing – use ‘that’
51. #writingtips Get rid of “filler” words like “just” and “that”, which don’t add much value
52. #writingtips Write what you mean. If a heroine leans INTO a hero – that’s gonna hurt & require surgery – she’s prob leaning AGAINST him.
53. #writingtips Watch out for body parts gone wild. Eyes can’t fly across the room unless they have little wings. Gazes can though…
54. #writingtips Purple prose is distracting & annoying & doesn’t help your story, it only discredits your writing in the eyes of the reader.
55. #writingtips Remove exclamation points, use your words 2 carry the emphasis, not throwaway punctuation that distracts the reader.
56. #writingtips if hero’s “member” has a head the size & color of a large plumb, he’s got medical probs & his partner will NOT be excited!