70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer

By Bob Mayer

70 ideas to universal Writing error explores an array of nonfiction and fiction writing gaffes after which offers unique quickly fixes you should use to instantly increase the standard of your writing.

Written by way of Bob Mayer, best-selling novelist and co-author of Don't glance Down, the booklet is damaged down into 8 designated components to entirely hide such subject matters as: writing behavior, suggestion new release, tale and plot improvement, scene and constitution basics, personality production, enhancing and rewriting suggestions, recommendations for promoting your paintings, and insider info on navigating the publishing undefined.

Show description

Read or Download 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes PDF

Similar writing books

Improve Your Written English: Master the Essentials of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Write with Greater Confidence (How to)

Written in brief, available sections, this publication explains the fundamentals of writing solid English. It comprises punctuation, sentence building and spelling. you'll how to undertake assorted projects, reminiscent of writing a file, essay or brief tale. There also are chapters on letter writing, filling in kinds and developing activity purposes.

Teaching and Researching Writing (2nd Edition)

A part of the highly-regarded utilized Linguistics in motion sequence, instructing and studying: Writing, deals a transparent, entire assessment of writing learn and educating. Ken Hyland, a extensively released and hugely skilled instructor of either utilized Linguistics and EFL, brings jointly the newest study and instructing practices within the box of writing in a hugely readable, wide-ranging quantity.

Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others

Are looking to locate Your Voice? examine from the simplest.
Time and time back you've been instructed to discover your individual precise writing kind, as though it have been so simple as pulling it out of skinny air. yet discovering your voice isn't effortless, so the place larger to appear than to the best writers of our time?

Write just like the Masters analyzes the writing kinds of twenty-one nice novelists, together with Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Ray Bradbury. This attention-grabbing and insightful advisor exhibits you ways to mimic the masters of literature and, within the technique, study complex writing secrets and techniques to fireside up your individual work.
You'll discover:
* Herman Melville's secrets and techniques for growing characters as memorable as Captain Ahab
* how you can grasp perspective with suggestions from [Fyodor Dostoevesky
* how you can decide up the speed by way of preserving your sentences lean like Ernest Hemingway
* the significance of sensual information from James Bond author Ian Fleming
* how you can upload suspense for your tale by way of following the lead of the grasp of horror, Stephen King

Whether you're engaged on a distinct voice in your subsequent novel or you're a composition scholar toying with diverse types, this consultant may help you achieve perception into the paintings of the masters during the rhetorical means of imitation. choked with useful, easy-to-apply suggestion, Write just like the Masters is your key to knowing and utilizing the confirmed strategies of history's maximum authors.

Inciting Incident: How to Begin Your Screenplay and Engage Audiences the Right Way

Are You suffering to Get Your tale Started?

Do you must know the way to catch a reader's curiosity in the first 10 pages of your script? In JERRY MAGUIRE, Renée Zellweger famously acknowledged, "You had me at 'hello. '" nice scripts (and novels*) do a similar. They grip audiences from the very starting. With the aid of the inciting incident, your tale can too.

Write a Gripping tale No Reader Can placed Down

If you know the inciting incident--what it really is, why it really works, and whilst it happens--you'll be a lot towards writing a gripping script that no reader could be in a position to placed down. It's your mystery weapon opposed to the worst writing sin: uninteresting your readers. however the inciting incident might be intimidating. while you're learning profitable video clips, you'll locate 3 (or extra scenes) which look like workable applicants. occasionally, the inciting incident won't also be proven on-screen! or even in the event you determine that every one out. .. how do you translate that wisdom and enhance your personal script?

What You'll know about the Inciting Incident

As the asserting is going, "you worry what you don't comprehend. " good, fellow scribe, worry now not. when you learn this transparent, finished, fluff-free advisor, the inciting incident won't have the ability to intimidate you anymore. It can’t, no longer while you’ll be aware of every thing approximately it, including:

the four key features of the inciting incident
assistance for featuring your hero's “everyday” global
while the inciting incident happens and while it's a smart technique to continue it off-screen
the relationship among the inciting incident and the top of Act One
how MINORITY document bought away with one of these not on time inciting incident
the key factor which made Liam Neeson so attractive in TAKEN and Ryan Reynolds so beautiful within the thought (it's now not what you think)
what conducive stipulations are and the way to differentiate them from the inciting incident
the pitfalls of starting your screenplay with prolonged prologue
recommendations for writing your first 10 pages
four ways to deal with the screenplay series after the inciting incident
how the inciting incident may also help edit your script
the connection among the inciting incident and style
three replacement ways to the traditional motion motion picture inciting incident
easy methods to opt for the simplest inciting incident if you've get a hold of a number of options

Like Examples? Me Too!

I’m a major fan of studying via instance. So i exploit lots of them to demonstrate my issues. yet occasionally examples simply aren’t adequate. That’s why I’ve additionally incorporated 10 precise case reviews which might be useful you place jointly all of the writing secrets and techniques you'll research from this book.

All blockbuster motion pictures, the case stories contain THE starvation video games, AIR strength ONE, a number of reliable males, MONSTERS INC. , BRAVEHEART, and IT'S COMPLICATED.

Get an aspect Over the Competition

Make your script extra attractive. Make your script extra saleable.

Additional resources for 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes

Sample text

Define your scenes by Character A versus Character B. ” Conflict doesn’t have to be especially violent or significant. It can be as simple as two characters disagreeing over what color paint to select for their bedroom. But that conflict can then be symbolic of deeper conflict in the relationship. Always consider layers to your conflict. Conflict Why this is a mistake: Without conflict, the reader doesn’t care. It’s that simple. While we may smile at the image of the happy couple sitting on the park bench holding hands, our attention will quickly wander away from them.

Most published authors I know did not sell their first manuscript. Many did not sell their second. It was around number three that they started seeing success. A rough rule of thumb? Give it a year. Beyond that, move on and write something new. 86 Part VI: Editing & Rewriting 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes 87 Selling Your Work Using the©Symbol and Other Subconscious Negatives Why this is a mistake: Most writers have a few blind spots when it comes to their work, and these negatives tend to come out in their business dealings.

Readers want to empathize with the characters, and they have a hard time doing that with characters they don’t believe in. When characters act out of character, readers just can’t believe in them. 72 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes Part V: Characters 73 Picking the Making All Your Characters Sound and Act the Same Why this is a mistake: Because you are writing all your char- acters, it’s easy to make them all seem very similar to one another. They tend to talk alike, and their points of view seem to be the same.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.35 of 5 – based on 42 votes