Ken Miyamoto knows screenplays so you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about related to his post on writing military cliches. Even though he’s talking about writing for film (or TV), the same would go for fiction.
So if you write military based fiction, take a gander at Ken’s post.
Ken Miyamoto lists military phrases and cliches that screenwriters should avoid to create a more authentic military-driven screenplay.
Very good post by K.M. Wieland. Not only does she note the 4 challenges, she gives you ideas on how to overcome them (or at least try to :))
It’s a no-brainer to put out the best story you can but I also agree that reading good writing is important. And for me, watching good films is also very helpful. I always get good ideas from good films.
Give it a read!
Modern authors writing for a modern audience must be aware of four unique challenges to connecting with current readers and viewers.
Jane Friedman has picked a few writing tips from Jordon Rosenfeld’s book “How to Write a Page Turner” that aren’t the usual: watch out for adverbs, passive voice, flowery dialogue tags… Items that might slow down your story!
Realism has its role, but don’t let it bog down your novel. Heed the advice of bestselling author Jordan Rosenfeld about pitfalls that can bore your reader.
Ever have trouble figuring out names for your characters? It’s not usually an issue I have, though I have made the mistake of naming 2 characters with the same first name, kind of (Lilly and Lilly Mae). I did it on purpose because one was white and one was black and it was a way to make a point, but it did give me a few issues when both characters were in the same room.
Another good place to look for names – your local obituaries! Helps with matching age and ethnicity with a name choice.
Valerie Biel, on her blog, with Kristin Oakley, discusses naming character and gives us lots of different reference posts on the topic.