Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Late Night Writing Tips

I should mention that this is a list of writing tips I am compiling late at night, not that these tips will improve your nocturnal ramblings.  Sorry if there was any confusion.

Maybe I should have titled this post Keys to Writerly Success.  Oh well…

Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips

  • Finish ItKeys 02
  • Structure
  • Have Something to Say
  • Everybody Has a Reason to Live
  • Cut What You Love
  • Listen
  • Track the Audience Mood
  • Write Like a Movie
  • Don’t Listen
  • Don’t Sell Out

Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing

  • Write
  • Put One Word After Another, the Right Word
  • Finish What You’re Writing
  • Put It Aside
  • If People Tell You Something Is Wrong, They Are Right
  • Fix It
  • Laugh at Your Own Jokes
  • With Enough Confidence, You Can Do What You Like

Keys 01Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Sorry, you’ll have to check that list out yourself.  That’s a bit too much for me to fit in here.

Chuck Wendig – How Story Rebels Against Expectations – This is also known as “fuck the straight line” of story plots.  I’ll let you head over to his site to read the full article.

Michael Stackpole – Seven Traits of Enduring Characters

  • Mystery
  • Redemption
  • Loyalty or Trechery
  • Internally Consistent, but with the capacity to Surprise
  • Self-Sacrifice
  • Romance or a Love Story
  • Success against the Odds

So why did I put this list together?  Well, that’s very simple.  I was looking for some guidence, and since my fairy godmother apparently has the night off, I realized I was going to have to look for it myself.  And after some puttering around, I realized I just need to get back in my chair and finish writing the damn scene.  So since I am no longer in need of writerly assistance tonight, I thought I would share the fruits of my labors with others.  Enjoy!

8 comments on “Late Night Writing Tips

  1. VarVau
    April 5, 2013

    You referenced Chuck Wendig. Bonus points for you!

    • tracycembor
      April 8, 2013

      Thanks! Can I trade in my bonus points for brownie points? I’m trying to save for the chocolate cake power up.

  2. Ilango
    April 5, 2013

    Nice post. Lately I’ve been very interested in writing. Nice tips you got here. I love your site. And your idea about “The Dreamless City”.

    • tracycembor
      April 8, 2013

      Hope this keeps up your interest in writing! Glad you find the links useful. :)

  3. SoundOfLaughter
    April 6, 2013

    Thanks for the guidance.

    • tracycembor
      April 8, 2013

      I’m just sharing some “street signs” I found. I don’t really know if they really lead anywhere. Enjoy!

  4. Katie
    April 6, 2013

    ‘Preciate the pick-me-up!

    • tracycembor
      April 8, 2013

      No worries. Hope the NaNoWriMo-ing is going well. ;)

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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