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Old 06-28-2012, 08:38 PM
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When the #BadWritingTips hash tag was going on Twitter, there was a new post about once every 10 seconds. It was interesting reading.

My favorites:
  • You're the best person to proofread your own text. You know what sort of mistakes you make, so they'll leap out at you.
  • Use as many different synonyms for "said" as possible, he ejaculated.
  • Ignore all critique. They obviously just don't "get" you.
  • When in doubt, add a comma.
  • Show AND tell. Your reader is simple minded.
  • The agent is an idiot if they don't rep your book; tell them so. It's the next 50 Shades of Twilight Games after all.

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:40 PM
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I like the, "Characters should be introduced in alphabetic order" one.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:39 AM
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Poofread your own work makes perfect sense to me. I always do.
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"When in doubt, add a comma."
Pretty much the rule I end up living by!
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Ah, more critique of the idiotic "no alternatives to Said" mythos.

"Shut up!" he explained.

Oh, and of course "show don't tell" is best interpreted as NEVER tell anybody anything. Amazing.

There is nothing funnier/creepier than third rate writers yapping about what bad writing is.
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Poofread your own work makes perfect sense to me. I always do.
Everyone should proofread their own work. It would be bad if you were the only person to proofread your own work, however. Everyone needs their work to be, at one point or another, proofread by someone else.

I'll add in a good writing tip: after proofreading your own work, read it out loud. You will find mistakes that you missed while proofreading silently.
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Everyone should proofread their own work. It would be bad if you were the only person to proofread your own work, however. Everyone needs their work to be, at one point or another, proofread by someone else.

I'll add in a good writing tip: after proofreading your own work, read it out loud. You will find mistakes that you missed while proofreading silently.
FUCKIN' 'ELL, never thought of that, you're a bloody genius and should be an Editor or summink. Maybe you could just let on that you are, I mean, who would ever know?....you know that IP's can be traced?
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What I don't get is they are giving us tips to write worse or better... My brain is too electronic to process these complicated instructions.

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Holy crap, I laughed hard at the original post. Thanks for the perk up.

My personal advice is to step away for a day or two, then print out and proofread a hard copy of your work. It's amazing how different it looks distanced by time and form.

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The ultimate extension of that is uploading the MS to Lulu or CreateSpace and buying a copy or two of the book.
That's when mistakes REALLY show up.
And it's a great way to get your friends to help look it over.

And a LOT cheaper than paying some editor, with about a 25% chance that they will screw it up.
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Originally Posted by Gaines
Poofread your own work makes perfect sense to me. I always do.

Everyone should proofread their own work. It would be bad if you were the only person to proofread your own work, however. Everyone needs their work to be, at one point or another, proofread by someone else.

I'll add in a good writing tip: after proofreading your own work, read it out loud. You will find mistakes that you missed while proofreading silently.
Lol! Don't get Gaines's humor yet, eh?

Oh, and Gaines: Poofread? Is that magical proofreading?

*tsk* And I'll never get the hang of multiquoting. Ah, well.
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mm i never saw this :/
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Originally Posted by Gaines View Post
Poofread your own work makes perfect sense to me. I always do.
Excellent suggestion! I'll definitely have my gay friend Alan do some poof reading for me next time he visits.
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I like Oscar Wilde's quote: "I spent all morning putting in a comma, and all afternoon taking it out."
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