Writing Tip of the Day

Most first drafts are heavy on action and dialog. Use the acronym IDEAS to make sure your story has the right balance of Imagery, Dialog, Emotion, Action, and Suspense.

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4 thoughts on “Writing Tip of the Day

  1. A good acronym to use and to keep on track when editing. I edit over and over and then it seems there is, even more, to do when ‘the editor’ does their bit. Important to have a book that moves along and is not long-winded.

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  2. Like the acronym, Marcha. I am a serial reviser, going through successive drafts looking for only one or two specific issues in each pass. One of the new things I look for is the opportunity to use reported or condensed dialogue. I’m not sure what the writing books call it, but it is a useful technique. Thanks for the post.

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    • I understand completely since that is what I do. This helps, to focus on one element at a time. I like the idea of condensed dialog, to get to the point using narrative instead of having long-winded conversations that go on for pages!


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