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From the Experts: Writer’s Tips #5


This one is a gem. Brilliant tips of figure of speech by How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey

Don’t use the oldies but goodies:

  • blind as a bat/eats like a horse/dead as a doornail/a cold fish/cool as a cucumber/tight as a Scotsman/right as rain/flies off the handle/crying over spilt milk/a sea of faces.

Don’t use similes in a long string:

  • She was tall, like a telephone pole; and she was thin, like a reed; and her skin was soft, like velvet; her eyes,blue as the Pacific.

Don’t mix your metaphors:

  • He liked to bury his head in the sand and keep his light hidden under a bushel.

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Adding Depth to Your Story


A great novel has depth and complexity. It asks for it, with it’s 40,000+ words. It craves characters growth, plot development and all those elements that makes your reader think ‘wow’.

A lot of things I was taught in English Literature at school often have no real effect in the real world of writing. A key example:

My English teacher would say: Make your writing interesting with adverbs, e.g. She gleefully frolicked in the gardens of Fray.

Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs are a mortal sin.

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