Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Wordsmith Wednesday: Handy Dandy Tools

Writing Tools - Katrina Roets - Wordsmith Wednesday
Writing Tools - Image Courtesy of Bas Bleu

I have a confession to make. Life scooped me up this past week and I didn't get a chance to do any educational reading! So, instead of a book review for this week, I want to share some of the tools that may help with your own writing.

1. Write or Die - This isn't one that I use myself, but I know a few people that do. Essentially, it's a way to set a word/time goal for yourself and if you make it, you're rewarded and if you don't, you can set up punishments.

2. Words to Use Instead of Said - There is absolutely nothing wrong with using the word said, but if it's starting to feel as if that's all you use, why not mix it up a bit? I've found this list to be incredibly useful when I'm stuck in the said rut.

3. Story Structure - Are you looking for a story structure chart to help you outline that new book or story? This one has just about anything you could ever ask for.

4. Know Your Characters - It's important to know and understand your characters. How else are you going to know if something is in or out of character for them? I've found that a really fun way to get to know each one is to interview them. Check out this link for a set of interview questions that can get you started!

5. Editing Challenge - You've written the book. Maybe you've participated in NaNoWriMo. Now what? It's time for editing. If you have no idea where to start, this 30 Day Editing Challenge may be just what you need.

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