by Sandy Tritt
Although I tried to cram more than one idea on each of
Tip Page, there remained several tips I wanted to cover that didn't fit
neatly in any of the established pages. So, here are the leftovers:
- Research does more than add authenticity -- it often
opens the door to subplots and additional scenes.
- Check out news events during the time period of your
manuscript. Maybe John Lenon's death didn't affect you dramatically, but
if your character is a rock 'n roll musician or a Beatle fanatic, it
would be worthy of an emotional response.
- Don't put thoughts (or internal dialogue) in quotes
or italics. Since you must be in the viewpoint of the character in order
to be privy to his thoughts, it isn't necessary to say, "he thought" or
set off in any other way. Just maintain tense and point of view (such as
third person, past tense). Example: "I don't want to go there," John
thought is better written: John didn't want to go there.
- Use current music (titles and even lyrics) to not
only add substance to your time setting, but also to make use of another
- Read everything you write aloud. Especially dialogue.
- Keep pen and paper with you at all times. You never
know when inspiration will hit or when you'll be stuck in traffic.
- Make a scene feel "complete" by ending it with
dialogue (internal or external) or action from your viewpoint character.
- Keep paragraphs, sentences and parts of sentences in
- Write sentences in the positive form (avoid double
- Vary the length and structure of your sentences.
Don't start every sentence with a proper noun or pronoun. (John
watched the Arrivals screen for news. He hoped her flight wouldn't be
late. He wanted to see her. He had missed her way too much).
Instead, try to start each sentence in a paragraph with a different part
of speech: John watched the Arrivals screen for news. Surely, her
flight wouldn't be late. And she would be there soon. He had missed her.
Way too much. If you find yourself stuck in the "he/she" beginning
for each sentence, decide to start each sentence with a different letter
of the alphabet. It will take some creativity, but hey, that's why you
- Focus is what gives your story cohesiveness. You must
be able to describe your story in one sentence. Yes. One sentence.
Forcing this focus gives you a home base to return to and reflect from,
and ensures that you don't drift too much in other directions.
- The purpose of fiction -- whether short story, novel
or children's literature -- is to take the reader away from his life and
expose him to a new experience. Hopefully, the reader learns from the
experience of the characters, and, at the best, the reader views his own
life in a new way.
- The only way to finish a novel is to put pen to paper
(or fingers to keypad) and do it.
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History of Fiction in Africa
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In the case of Africa, stories are looked on as an arena
of protest against cruelty in the world. Between 1700 and 1800, European
writers began to suggest that Africans were less human. They compared
Africans to the beast of burden and justified the notion of slavery.
Philosopher Frederick Engel’s story argued that Africa was not part of
history and that Africa started when Europeans set foot on her soil.
There is always a connection between writing and history.
A nation can be created or de-created through written words. Altough
slave’s masters put on rules fobidding and repressing the education of
slaves, some slaves noticed the value of the written words.
James Ukawsaw was able to write his own story in 1770
while before he could not read and write. He was fascinated watching his
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inquisitiveness. Eventually he learned the trick and wrote: “An African
Prince” in 1770 and Frederick Douglas was taught to read and write by
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who could teach him in turn.
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the Life of Frederick Douglas.”
An 18 year-old slave woman wrote poetry on moral,
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- Unlike most editors, I consider my role to be a mentor or a coach.
Instead of just telling you what is wrong, I explain how to correct the
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More than 50% of my business is repeat business, and I relish
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- Treat you with respect and compassion. All criticism will be of the
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- Mark your manuscript, correcting grammatical and spelling errors and
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- Highlight areas that are especially well-written, so you will know
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- Where appropriate, offer suggestions for plot development, character
development or other areas that could be strengthened.
- Return a two-to-four page written analysis of your work. This will
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- If appropriate, recommend reading or resources to strengthen your
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