Here are some writing tips that stand the test of time.

1. Create a strong ending that reflects the beginning. The resolution of your book should reflect the character’s problem or goal that was stated at the beginning of the story.

2. Show, Don’t Tell. We hear it all the time. SHOW the character in action rather than telling what the character did after the action was completed. Instead of TELLing that Timmy rode his bicycle down the street, SHOW the scene by describing how he pumped the pedals.

3. Treat your character badly and then threaten the character worse. Place obstacles in your character’s journey to raise the tension of the story. High tension builds high interest for readers.

4. Just get the story written. Don’t be too concerned about the use of voice and grammatical correctness while writing. Good writing comes from rewriting. Future drafts will yield a better product.