Read 3 top writing tips from Amy Sparkes

Whether you’re writing a book for NaNoWriMo or a story for school, author Amy Sparkes’ top three writing tips will come in handy.

Amy Sparkes writing tips

1. Don’t ignore your instincts. If you feel something isn’t quite right, don’t ignore it to save yourself the hassle of rewriting. It’s hard work, but tackle the problem and you’ll end up with a stronger story.

2. Make every scene earn its keep. If a scene in the story doesn’t add to character development or move the story on, do you really need it? Keep the pace going, especially as the story reaches its conclusion.

3. Check for character consistency. As you reread, make sure you are happy with your characters. Are the voices right? Is each voice distinct or is there some blurring between characters? Are your characters’ personalities, attitudes and actions consistent with who they are and their life experiences?

About Amy Sparkes

Amy SparkesAmy Sparkes is a talented storyteller and is the author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize nominated Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo. She lives in Devon with her husband and five young children.

Amy enjoys having adventures and writing stories about other people having adventures.

She is a passionate supporter of baby charities and 5% of author royalties from Ellie’s Magic Wellies is being donated to baby charity ICP Support.

Follow Amy Sparkes on twitter to keep updated with her latest news.

About NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is an annual, online creative writing project that takes place every November. Around the world, people of all ages try to write a 50,000 word manuscript between 01 and 30 November, while gaining support from other writers and NaNoWriMo participants. Find out more on the NaNoWriMo website.

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