More writing advice and suggestions from Nathan Bransford, author and former literary agent. Any of you thinking of picking up a pen or opening your laptop, study and memorize these pointers first!
It's important to grab a reader with a good opening, but inadvisable to grab them and start punching them in the face.
In great novels, every character has their own set of goals, vices, and motivations and no one is purely good or evil.
Every protagonist has to want something big. The plot is how they overcome the obstacles in their path to get that thing (or not).
When writing dialogue, dialect is kind of like salt. Used sparingly it can add flavor, but you wouldn't want to construct a dish around it.
I like my prologues like I like my dental appointments: short, painless, necessary.
Great settings in books are just as alive, changing, and memorable as the characters themselves.
Remember your successes when your fail and your failures when you succeed.
In writing, pacing is the average interval between moments of conflict.
It's important for writers to be self-critical enough to spot errors but not so critical that you're paralyzed with doubt.
A great first paragraph establishes the tone/voice, gets the reader into a flow, and builds trust in the author.
Great writing feels effortless and is the result of an insane amount of effort.