A Writer’s Coach

A Writer’s Coach

By Jack Hart

Chapter 1: Method

Think first—write later

Talk it out

Shrink you subject

Write thesis

Doodle

Chapter 2: Process

Prove it

Plan it

Structure it

Write it

Edit it

Chapter 3: Structure

Don’t stall on the first line

Make paragraphs work for you!
(Mix short, medium and long)

Have a clear topic

Circle around—full circle open and close

Avoid that lame last line

Chapter 4: Force

Find action verbs

Avoid flabby suffixes

Prefer active voice

Minimize expletives

(Like it is or there is)

Be bold

Chapter 5: Brevity

Question everything

Make each modifier work

Don’t overfill

Kill creeping nouns

Avoid complicated tenses

Chapter 6: Clarity

Read your rough draft aloud

Add some periods

Define your terms

Think about context

Attach your pronouns

Chapter 7: Rhythm

Listen for cadence or flow

Look for alliteration

Balance sentences and paragraphs in length

End with a BANG

Chapter 8: Humanity

Tell stories to get stories

Watch for meaningful vignettes

Look for little stories that reveal character

Quote selectively

Let the characters talk to one another

Chapter 9: Color

Get in touch with yourself

Pick three details

Work backward

Play the simile/metaphor game

Don’t add too many clichés

Chapter 10: Voice

Write the way you talk

Execute the worst offenders

(Do not use over-inflated language)

Think small

Start with subject

Edit style later

Chapter 11: Mechanics

Find basics sentences with Subject/Predicates

Avoid reflective pronouns (Self)

Try to modifiers separately

Listen for accent

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About carilynn27

Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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