When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.
Today’s tip: Use ‘began’ and ‘started’ sparinglyIt’s tempting to say ‘She began to laugh’ or He started to walk down the road’. Just say ‘She laughed’ and ‘He walked down the road’. You probably aren’t chronicling the exact moment she started to laugh or he began walking down the road. The reader doesn’t need that much detail. Just include the important stuff–the actions that move the story forward.
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