12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 8

Day 8

Sometimes simple is better. Especially when it comes to everyday actions. When you write, “I sipped my Coke,” the reader understands it has to be opened and lifted to your lips.

Example: Les reached out and set his hand on Lucy’s face.

Versus

Les touched Lucy’s face.

Or

Les set his hand on Lucy’s face.

When your character touches someone, we assume the “reaching out” part. Look for actions you can simplify.

 

**bonus tip–everyday means commonplace, while every day means each day.

 

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When all twelve days have been posted, you can find them here–12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips.

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For more tips, see Monday Writing Minute.

2 Comments

  1. I learn something new each time I read your blogs, Lori.
    I need to see how ‘everyday’ and ‘every day’ are used in sentences in order to further digest, however.

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