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Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing
A short story begins as close to the conclusion as possible, and grabs the reader from the very first line. It conserves character and scenes, typically focuses on just one problem, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. (Kennedy and Jerz)

Show, Don’t (Just) Tell: Persuasive Writing Tips
Don’t just tell me your brother is talented… show me what he can do. (There. I’ve just told you something. Pretty lame, huh? Now, let me show you…)

Forum for Creative Writers
Post your poem-in-progress or a narrative excerpt here, if you are interested in getting feedback from other visitors to this site.

Poetry is for the Ear: Listen with the Ears of Your Audience
Whatever poetry you write or read, learn to listen with the ears of your audience. Poetry is meant for the ear; pay attention to the sounds the words make. Writing in “free verse” does not excuse the poet’s obligation to please the ear.

Poetry Tips: 10 Steps for Writing Better Poems
Know your goal; avoid clichés; avoid sentimentality; use images; use metaphor and simile; use concrete words; communicate theme; subvert the ordinary; rhyme with extreme caution; and revise, revise, revise. (Kara Ziehl)

Interactive Fiction
IF is a particular form of computer-mediated narrative, resembling a very finely-grained “Choose Your Own Adventure” story.

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8 thoughts on “Creative Writing Tips

  1. Dear sir,
    Thank you very much for your tips how to write Poem. i have learned so many thing from this website. i am really honoured to be the part of writing.i will post some of my Poem if you have the email adress, I love to read and write poem and short story. I would like to have your email adress so that i can send you some of my Poem.
    thanks,
    with regard,
    Kezang Dawa
    kezang_dawa@yahoo.com

  2. Hello

    My name is Sir Charles Davis and I teach creative writing at a community college in Morehead City, North Carolina. I have read your tips on short story writing and I believe that they will help me as well as my students. I am asking for your permission to copy your article and I am giving my students your website-excellent information-thanks-I look forward to hearing from you-Sir Charles Davis

    • I’m very glad to hear you found my pages useful. You are welcome to post excerpts and links on your own site, or to distribute a printed handout. I do update these pages from time to time, so I ask that you do not post a copy of the text elsewhere. Thanks for asking!

  3. thank you soo much for telling us how to write poems i really wanna to write poems please may i know your ID where i send my poem and you will check. THANKs

    • Thanks for your comment, Mady. Although I can’t promise to give you personal feedback, you are welcome to use the link above marked “Forum for Creative Writers.”

    • This is not a comment. I need help. I am 79 years old (Crazy eh?) What do I want with this course?. To keep my brain working. Never went to high school but got two articles published and I wrote a book. I seem to have lost it somewhere down the road. Don’t seem to make it flow well
      I would like to have a direct contact with some-one who can correct my work and let me know what to do. Tall order! I know. Hoping for it to be free.Thank you so much.
      Lena Chandool

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