Writing Tips

I have a page of writing tips at http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101 but if you have any specifically for writing short stories, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll paste them in here. Here’s one to start you off…

  • Was vs were – I recently reviewed a short story by James Eddy and he had a sentence of ‘The room was fairly small and the walls were painted terracotta…’ (it goes on to give some lovely description). Although you have ‘was’ and ‘were’, you can lose the ‘were’. You may not think it makes sense but if you read the whole piece it does, in my honest opinion, make the writing tighter.

4 thoughts on “Writing Tips

  1. antonnotna1931 June 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm Reply

    It’s so easy to slip in words to be seemingly correct – thank goodness for the versatility of English within its own rules. Thanks.

  2. morgenbailey June 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Absolutely, Anton. Thank you for visiting.

  3. nicole colburn July 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Why does “had had” always make me cringe?

    • morgenbailey July 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply

      I agree, Nicole. It’s always odd using the same word twice and of course Word often doesn’t like it.

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