|Posted by Kristen House on February 11, 2018 at 5:55 PM|
1. Incorporate action and dialogue. Use strong verbs—She stormed across the room works better than She walked angrily across the room. (When possible, avoid adverbs in general, especially those that end in -ly.) Bonus points for dialogue and action, which can especially help with character and scene development.2. Be descriptive and specific, not general. Show the action by being specific, especially when it makes a difference to the story. Keep your descriptions concrete and specific, not vague and ambiguous.3. Use sensory details. Tap into the five senses—sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell—to give better descriptions of the worlds your characters live in. Minor details such as these can really fill out your novel and make the story and its characters come to life.
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