“So You Want To Write A Healthy Story “—-By Tracie Dickerson

So You Want To Write a Healthy Story


By Tracie Dickerson

 After years of reading The Writer, Writer’s Digest and Poets and Writers our editors have compiled a list of writing suggestion for your consideration.


Here are twenty-nine tips future authors:


  1. Write your story.  Don’t worry about anything. A first draft is just the start.
  2. Use action verbs as often as possible. (Jumped, Screamed, Bellowed)
  3. The rule of three—tie three thoughts together in sentence. (Dr. Smith squirted a stream of peroxide onto a surgical pad, bent forward, and dabbed at the stitches.)
  4. Try an original simile.  (As silent as falling snow.)
  5. Add a metaphor.  (His thoughts caused his brain to explode.)
  6. Add some suspense in the beginning of your story. Hook the reader.
  7. Your opening story sentences and your closing sentences should have a Tie the beginning to the ending.
  8. Remember that everything, from the first word, is preparing your reader for the ending of the story.
  9. Dialogue—don’t forget it.
  10. Have your characters use their five senses (Touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing).
  11. Theme (Always have a theme).
  12. What lesson is taught by your story?
  13. Put a thread throughout story. The thread will hold the story together. (Usually is the theme).
  14. Short story –Time frame should be – one day, one hour or one minute.
  15. Remember– people relate to their own experiences.
  16. Write about your life experiences.
  17. Sleep on your story for a few nights.
  18. Write about a crisis and a transformation, in your main character.
  19. Choose a title that has more than one meaning.
  20. Be thought provoking.
  21. (The frozen vodka poured down in a fiery ball.)
  22. Speak from your heart!
  23. Try to write some “Gem” sentences.
  24. Rewrite, reread, redraft your story a number of times.
  25. Read it out loud.
  26. Have a friend critique the story.
  27. Remember and insert your sense in the story smells, tastes, touch, sounds and sight.
  28. Keep a writing journal- write in your key observations, people’s dialogue, ideas for stories, titles for stories, and key words or phrases that you might want to incorporate.
  29. Research, Research, Research–use Google, Wikipedia and other sources.



This list is not meant to discourage your desire to write. But this list will make your story more vibrant, colorful and readable.




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