Author has written 15 stories for Nature, Love, Life, Fantasy, Religion, General, Fantasy, Politics, Sci-Fi, and Mystery.
Hey guys. Dietrich here. No, I'm not German. At least, I'm not from Germany; a lot of my extended family came from there, and my name very proudly comes from Germany, yes. I live in the US. I'm trying to refine my writing voice, so criticism is welcome, Thank you if you do.
I love Japan, and plan to go there for missions work once I'm married and God gives the okay.
I currently study at the local community college to get some gen-eds out of the way and plan to transfer to a four-year next year, majoring in English/Communications--I want to major in telling stories.
Jesus is the Christ and One Savior, so happy Christmas to you, all year 'round!
My Tips for Writing (Ha. I have no power here. I just want to share my reading peeves to the world in a positive way, that is, by listing things TO do instead of things NOT to do.):
-When revising your work, read it like you just got a book off the shelf at the library of a bookstore or someone's house and opened to read what's right in front of you. Do you like it? If not, fix it so you do. Forget about your audience--if you don't like it, it will be extremely obvious.
-Read good books. Realize why you like them.
-Read bad books. Realize why you don't like them.
-Invent a style of writing and go with it. Have fun. If you don't have fun writing, it will show, and the reader won't have fun reading it. So write in a style that you enjoy.
-Come up with your own ideas. Copying stories that already exist WILL get picked out. The fact that plagiarism is illegal isn't your only concern--boring fiction that's been written before is simply annoying.
-When in doubt, show, don't tell. But, really, just show the reader what's important in the scene--if the dialogue is important, forget expressions and body language; if the characters are in new scenery, describe it as the characters see it; if there's a lot of unspoken tension between characters, show us that the one guy who normally doesn't hold eye contact is suddenly staring right his friends face, not even blinking; if a character is packing up to leave, show us that they're folding their clothes and putting them in a suitcase, don't say "they began packing up" and leave it at that.
-Backstory has its place... mostly on a need-to-know basis; don't swamp the reader with backstory or a full psychological profile of your character. Tell the reader when it's required. Less is more with backstory--keep them wondering. (Of course, creating as much backstory for your characters as possible is very valuable. You never know when a little thing like having a little sister who died at age one could make a character take the greatest pity on some kids. Then again, you might never use something like that, but it's still good to know that sort of thing as the author.)
-Learn proper grammar and formatting. Please.