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Top 10 Creative Writing Tips and Techniques

1. Show, don't tell

Instead of simply stating what's happening, use sensory details and action to create a vivid picture in your reader's mind.

2. Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs

Choose verbs that convey the action clearly without relying on adverbs to do the heavy lifting.

3. Write in scenes

Scenes have a clear beginning, middle, and end, and they provide a clear picture of what's happening in a story.

4. Use dialogue to reveal character

The way a character speaks can reveal a lot about their personality, background, and motivations.

5. Create memorable characters

Develop characters that readers can connect with and care about.

6. Build tension

Use conflict and suspense to keep readers engaged and eager to turn the page.

7. Use sensory details

Engage your reader's senses by describing the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of your story's world.

8. Write with emotion

Use language that evokes strong emotions to create a powerful impact on your reader.

9. Use metaphors and similes

These can add depth and nuance to your writing by comparing one thing to another.

10. Read widely

Read widely in your chosen genre, but also explore outside your comfort zone to broaden your horizons.

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