NaNoWriMo: These writing tips and tricks from Christopher Paolini will help you grow as an author!


Whether you’re hard at work on your NaNoWriMo project or looking to grow as a writer, our latest writing tips article is packed to the brim with some of Christopher Paolini’s best writing tips! We’ve combed through numerous author interviews, essays, and articles to highlight what we believe are some of the best nuggets of wisdom for those working to become authors themselves!

Christopher’s advice ranges from tracing and reviewing to researching and editing. If you’re looking for even more in-depth goodies, head over to Christopher’s official site, where he’s got a whole “Writers’ cornerdedicated to tips, guides, and more. Don’t miss last week’s article featuring Christopher’s essays on conspiracy and worldbuilding!

Read many, many books!

“Read a lot. But don’t just read for pleasure; take a book that you know is well-written and study how the author constructs sentences and paragraphs. Also consider how he or she emotionally engages readers , whether through the use of an engaging style, character situations, or a combination thereof.

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Learn to trace your story

“Learn to plot a story. Things have to actually happen in a book. In order to make sense, events are usually organized in a linear fashion, from least important to most important. I recommend Robert McKee’s book, Story, although aimed at screenwriters, it covers the basics of structuring a great story.

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How to add details

“To help you fill in the details of the world you are creating, imagine your characters inhabiting a real world. Dream what it would be like to be there. What would your characters eat, what would they talk about, where would they get their supplies, etc. Keep asking the question, “What happens next?” Show the actions of your characters and write down their thoughts.

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Consider the possibilities

“Could a knight in full armor climb a tree? While possible, it’s unlikely, given the weight of the knight’s armor and the extent to which it might restrict his movements. Readers will often unscrupulously accept large impossibilities, then just as often stumble upon small impossibilities. Tell someone that dragons exist in your world, and they’ll say, “Oh, okay. Dragons, great, I get it. When do we see them breathing fire and generally being awesome?

Whereas if you tell them that a teapot will boil in less than ten seconds or that a horse’s harness is buttoned (not buckled) or that a high school student is attending football practice a week before prom, you are likely to snap readers out of their suspension of disbelief and have them say, “Hmm, I don’t think so.”

Be open with your readers about your chosen impossibilities, then, no matter how fantastic your story may be, make the details elsewhere as realistic as possible. Your readers will thank you for it. Common sense and an appropriate amount of research go a long way to help in this regard, as does having educated friends or family members who can look at your work and tell you when (or if) you are wrong.

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Twists make a story interesting

“So what’s the secret?” I believe it boils down to what I consider a twist. A twist doesn’t have to be a surprise or a cheap thrill. Instead, it’s a change in direction – sometimes big, sometimes small – that captures the reader’s attention. Humans are pattern-seeking animals, which means that we are constantly on the lookout for new information, information that expands or redefines the patterns of knowledge that we have constructed in our minds. Provide us with a nugget of information we were previously unaware of, and you will satisfy a primordial part of our nature. Especially if the info gives us a new perspective on what we already knew. It is therefore necessary that this information be relevant to the story. Random details or descriptions will not suffice.

The concept of twist can be applied to all levels of a story. On a macro level, this means that the author must seek to push the story in new directions, both as a means of advancing the protagonist’s journey and as a means of commenting on what has happened before. A famous example: Luke learns that he is the son of Darth Vader.

On a micro level, it seems to me that a writer should strive to put a spin on every chapter, paragraph, and yes, every sentence. The contrast between the parts is a big part of what piques the interest, though again the parts have to relate to each other or you’ll lose your reader in a sea of ​​unrelated detail: Bob says: ” I love you”. And then Carol says, “That’s what you think.” Great! Now we are interested. But only if the preceding (or following) sentences, paragraphs and chapters support this moment and are filled with equally intriguing moments. Or in other words, with more twists.

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Find a publisher

“But I don’t know a publisher”, you will say. Well, you don’t need a professional editor to get started, but it helps to find someone to point out obvious errors and help you boost your writing skills. Do not hesitate to ask for help. Ask your local librarian to introduce you to a professional English teacher, journalist or writer who might be willing to review your work and give you advice. Also check to see if there is a local writers group in your area.

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Dealing with Writer’s Block and Procrastination

Try to eliminate distractions and set times when you do nothing but write. In the end, it’s willpower and love for the story that will get you through. Without determination and without courage, time will pass and you will not have accomplished anything. You have to work hard to write a book. Also, I’ve found that walking around and talking or brainstorming various solutions is a great way to untangle issues.

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Don’t be afraid to edit!

“Don’t be afraid to edit heavily! No one succeeds the first time. Have an author, English teacher, or other knowledgeable person read and edit your manuscript. Because it is not emotionally tied to the book, it will be able to point out ways to improve your work. Don’t take feedback personally, but try to learn from it.

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Be persistent!

“Persistence. This is the most difficult point to master. Writing regularly is the best way to improve. Write, write, write until the words no longer seem jarring, until you have confidence in dealing with the different parts of the craft – dialogue, description, action, grammar – and until you can achieve the effect or emotion you want.”

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