Monday, January 12, 2009

General Writing Tips

Even the smallest piece of advice can be enough to help you write. Remember, published writers were all people just like yourself.

Write as much as you can without your hand cramping, and stop. Later, at least an hour (waiting a full day or more is best), look back on it and revise small pieces of the story, and resume writing. If you’re at a writer’s block, keep writing SOMETHING (you can delete it later if you want), because ideas will eventually emerge as you continue writing. Write the plot out on a piece of paper first, then build scenes around it. Only a few people can write without a plot in mind successfully. If you aren’t good at prose, write something in script format and after you’re finished, change the format with minor revisions into a prose format and build scenes around it. - Brittany Whitstone.

Getting bogged down with a particular part of your story? Take a break, get some fresh air, and come back with some fresh eyes.

When you take a break from your writing, always stop in the middle of a sentence - that way when you come back to it, you’ll be able to get right back into the flow of what you were doing before, as opposed to starting a new scene. I do this all the time and it really works. Even if I’m not absolutely sure what the next scene will be, I’ll try and write at least a couple of lines to give me something to finish off when I come back to the story.

I think that the best thing to do [to start writing] is to sit down for 10 minutes (or however long) and just write whatever is in your mind. Don’t think about it, just write. Probably at the end it will be a load of rubbish but in all likely hood you will be ready to keep on writing. I think the best thing to do is to keep writing, even if it is not a story etc. Write every day about anything and this will start the creative juices flowing. - Cherry Wright

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