Questions Wanted

Hey out there! Hope you are all having a fine morning. Just wanted to pop in to say, I hope you are enjoying the “Tips and Tricks” series. I have a lot of ideas for what to write about next, but I really want this series to be helpful to YOU. So I was wondering if any of you had any questions or specific difficulties you’re struggling with in your writing… and just feel like it would be nice to have some idea of how to get past this particular difficult spot?

If you’re like me, then having someone say, “Do you have any questions?” is a sure-fire way to make your mind go blank. So here are some topics to help spark ideas… feel free to ask any of these questions, or come up with your own!

–The editing process

–Character development

–Writing descriptive passages

–Dialogue tags

–Strengthening plot arcs

–Connecting your reader to your story emotionally

–Killing characters

–Plot holes

–Picking a point of view character

–Formatting

–Publishing

–Marketing

–Anything else…

I am by no means an expert in any of these things, but I have done all of them, and I’ve learned a lot and am still learning. I am more than happy to pass on what I’ve learned, as well as learn from you, dear Writer!

~ jenelle

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storystorming

You said, “dialogue tags”… I read, “keyword tags” :-). I think I’m good with dialogue, but man could I use help with figuring out what tags to chose for my blog posts! Any insights?

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jenelle

Hehe… well… I don’t actually know what to tell you on that, because I don’t use tags on my blog posts. I use categories… and try to keep them kind of broad so that they’ll fit with a lot of what I post about. I do add them as I need them, however, if I feel like, “Yeah, this is something I’ll write about more than once.”

Maybe take a look at your post titles and think through what the common themes are?

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jenelle

Ah, yeah. The old SEO. My site stats tell me what search terms bring people to my site. Maybe start there if you can see that info?

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storystorming

Thanks. I’ll check that out. I’m not sure my site has that kind of information? I have the free WordPress site. I thought about running Google Analytics or something like that but stalled out when there was a special procedure for WordPress sites. Oy. I’ll get there eventually :-D

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jenelle

If you have Jetpack, that’s where I see that info. I don’t know if that is something the free WordPress version has or not.

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storystorming

Looks like that comes with the paid plans. Oh well. I’m just starting out so I can afford to fumble for a while. Thanks for your help :-)

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sarahtps

I would love tips on formatting and marketing, please! Your tips for dealing with plot holes would also be great. Also, if you have any advice on how to write children and preteens accurately, I’d love to read that— I need all I can get!

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Madeline J. Rose

This is great! And I have a question for you! :D I’ve been struggling with killing off characters. It’s so hard for me!! And I know it’s not mandatory or anything, but I feel like a well placed death (or even a few) can give a story so much more emotional depth and adds realism (as in, okay, people actually died in this massive climactic battle instead of everyone making it out alive and well). But I just get so attached to my characters and I don’t know how to let them go, as silly as that sounds! XD What are some tips?

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