Seven MORE ways to make an intern set fire to your first chapter

This contains some of the best tips for writers that I have read in a long time.

Speilburg Literary Agency

Last week, I started a list of things NOT TO DO in your Writing Sample. Here’s the rest:

1)      Too Much Exposition.

Don’t bog your story down with detail that you can give later. Readers don’t need the complete history of your character—or her situation, or her world—instantly. Release these tidbits over time. This includes…

2)      Relentless Description.

Don’t list the complete physical appearance of every character the moment they appear. How characters look should be given piecemeal, and naturally—not all at once, and falsely. Speaking of….

3)      Self-Descriptive Present Tense.

Present-tense speakers aren’t going to insert their own physical appearance into every available space. (As in, “I tossed my red-gold hair.”) Find an indirect way to describe them.

4)      Dreams.

You can’t give normal dreams real meaning (if you can even write a normal dream to begin with). As for magical dreams, I don’t see why EVERY MAGIC-RELATED…

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