Sometimes–no, often–Gracee amazes me with insightful words. Lately she has dispensed writing advice with wisdom beyond second grade. Who needs to attend a writers’ conference when you have a live-in mentor?
Here are 7 of her tips.
1. Think of your story as a gift. Put lots of excitement in the box. Make it fun to read.
3. Add description (detail words).
- No: I got my ears pierced.
- Yes: My mom took me to a little store called Claire’s in the mall to get my ears pierced for my seventh birthday.
4. Use dialogue (talking words).
- No: I was nervous.
- Yes: “Mom,” I said. “Hold my hand because I’m kind of nervous.”
5. Use lots of action (energy words)
- No: I sat in the chair.
- Yes: I climbed up on a tall stool, kicked my legs back and forth and bit my lower lip.
6. Use expression (feeling words).
- No: It was over.
- Yes: I felt proud when it was over and smiled big when I saw my earrings in the mirror, even though one giant tear floated in my right eye.
7. Use onomatopoeia (noise words). Yes, she said this!
- No: The gun was loud.
- Yes: Bang! Bang! The gun shot an earring into each ear, and I did not jump.
When you are done writing your story, wrap it up. Tie up all loose ends. Make the book cover pretty!
Copyright © 2009 by Sandra Heska King