Three Tips for Writers Making the Transition From FanFic

Oh, so simple.

  1. Do not substitute the word orb for eye. Just don’t. It’s horrible. Saying you looked into a person’s orbs is equal to saying you have little experience with perceiving or understanding any emotions besides your own.
  2. Do not have characters plop down. It makes them sound like twelve year olds.
  3. Do not have characters storm into, out of, or around anything. It’s cliché and lazy writing.

When you spend a lot of time with a particular friend, you’ll find yourself picking up some of their verbal habits. The same thing can happen in writing. Don’t let it. Think about what you’re saying and don’t always use the first word that comes to mind to describe it. Chances are, it will be the wrong word.

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