I’ve been around the writing and publishing world for decades. Years worth of Writer’s Digest magazines and blog posts and how-to books are in my head. After a while, you see the same things again and again. But that doesn’t make them any less true. Often, it’s more about having the one tip you need at the moment you need it.

My new favorite source is One Stop for Writers. I’ve been watching them as they launched their new online writing tools and the quality of the graphic memes and information that pours out of these people is phenomenal. Here’s an example:


Click the graphic for some other great checklists

How often are you working on a short story and need to develop some characters quickly? Or deep into your novel and wondering, “Why is this character falling flat? What could I add that would make him more interesting?”

If you’re a Pinterest type person, I’d also recommend you check out their fantastic writing-related Pinterest boards. Checklists include stuff like:

  • tips for better dialogue
  • how to raise the stakes for your character
  • when/how to write a flashback
  • tips for writing deep POV (point of view)
  • when to use backstory
  • words to avoid (over-used crutch words)
  • describing stages of attraction (romance)
  • and lots more, including writing prompts and tips

Now, I’m off to making dinner and hopefully getting some more words down for NaNoWriMo!


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