Writing Tips from David Lubar

Hey Inquisitive writers! So a couple of weeks ago an author, David Lubar, visited our institution. He gave us some fantastic writing tips that I would like to share to you. By the way, these could be used as blogging ideas, inspiration, book inspiration, and story inspiration.

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By the way, the lovely “Blog Ideas” printable was created by Vivian, you can get this graphic and more here

First of all…Who is David Lubar?

David Lubar is an author of the Weenies series, Nathen Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie, Looniverse series, and other kid books. He also writes books for mature audiences.

Does he visit other institutions?

Yes, he visits other schools and institutions.

Ok, let’s go to the tips!

Tip #1: What if?

To start off your writing, you can ask the question What if? What if you could talk to animals? What if you could fly? What if you could transform into a mermaid? You can literally imagine anything possible, build on that, and start using if for your writing.

…Or you could start your story at the end? Some think it’s easier to start at the end than the beginning. Try it out, maybe it’s easier for you.

Tip #2: Anywhere you want

Think of a setting, anywhere. Some settings could be a park, a bathroom, London, Britain, a pool, a school, whatever you want! This will set your story in motion. Now who will be in your story? Characters! Think of random names for your characters ,too. Imagine them in the setting. What are they doing? What is the mood? What are they feeling? Are they communicating? Thinking about things like that and adjusting them can really bring your story together.

Tip #3: Using senses.

We humans are seeing animals. If you don’t really use any other senses in your story, the reader won’t feel like he or she is there. When I’m reading a book, I like to feel like I’m in the story. Although don’t use too many senses. The reader will kind of feel overloaded with senses that he or she won’t focus on what’s actually going on. 

Tip #4: Be specific

Ok, now you understand that you should use senses into your writing, but not too many sensesBut what about being specific when applying those senses? Here’s an example:

Her house smells nice – But what does it smell like?

Her house smells like cookies and perfume –But what types of cookies and perfume?

Her house always smells like gingersnaps and roses.

Tip #5: No Redundancy

Yes, don’t actually repeat phrases or sentences in a story, it’s boring. But have you ever noticed this?

The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

 

Did you see it?

 

The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. See the redundancy? P.m. is the same thing as afternoon. Or this example:

For an instant, a snarl flashed across his face. For an instant and flashed is basically the same thing. This is redundancy. When writing or proof-reading your writing, try to take out similar words in sentences.

Tip #6: Use better wording

Can you think of a better word than walk? Or talk? Using (and reusing) words like these can make your writing boring and not very exciting. Take 60 seconds to write down words you can use instead of walk or talk.

 

 

Got them?

 

 

Here are some other forms of those words:

Walk

Trot, jog, run, sprint, wander, dash, tip-toe, roam, hike, stroll, and many more.

 

Talk

Whisper, yell, shout, chat, speak, ramble, utter, gossip, stutter, and more.

Using alternatives to regular words like walk and talk can describe that scene more and paint a better picture for the reader.

 

I really hope you found these tips helpful! If you want more information about David Lubar, you can check his website out at davidlubar.com

 

 

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