Archive for April, 2013

Emotion Driven Writing

Posted on April 30, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Resistance, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , , , |

Extreme emotional states do not seem like good times for writing, but they can be the very best if you can focus yourself long enough to do it. Even the smallest snippets, maybe only a sentence or a phrase, can be a powerful seed for later development.

Whether you use a notepad or a word processor, learning to capture words in these moments can not only be healing but also be a source of inspiration for what may be some of your best work!

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Building Characters by Building a Secret Identity

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , |

Having trouble building characters for your fiction? Consider building a secret identity.

Consider what would happen if you needed to build a secret identity. How would you build your own witness protection program? Where would you move? Make a list of candidates of places to live, and research them. Make certain to pick at least a few places you have never lived, and consider somewhere like Lincoln, Nebraska instead of New York City.

Then consider what kind of person you would become if you moved there. If you have the time and money to do it, after you have written your preliminary character sketch, visit one of the places where you have never been. Take a camera and a notepad. Take pictures and make notes. Is it really the way you envisioned?

Who would you be in this new place? Once you can answer this, you may find you have new insights on how to build characters.

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Plot Outline

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Uncategorized, writing, Writing-Tools |

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Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing |

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Writing a Daily Meditation Book

Posted on April 28, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Staying-With-It, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Have you considered writing your own daily meditation book?

Writing a passage at a time, keeping the passages short, and keeping the topics simple, you can build a tool that reflects yourself and your ideas.

Once you have finished a year of this work, you can re-write it over time, keeping what works for you and discarding what does not.

Even if you never take what you have written to market, what you have written can be a priceless tool to guide yourself in terms of your own ideals and values.

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Replenish the Grammar and Style Well

Posted on April 24, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Staying-With-It, Writer-Tools, writing, Writing-Tools | Tags: |

We often hear that we should take time to refill the well. This metaphor speaks of a pause that allows us to reconnect with the source of our creativity.

But consider that we need to refill the well in other ways. Working on grammar and style is often just that: work. But, if you want to “work” as a writer, then you need to tune your process. Emitting words into a medium is not sufficient for most of us.

Consider a purchase of a style guide such as the classic “Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Consider it a fine meal, and devour it slowly, over days and weeks, so that you may develop mastery in your craft.

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When to Write

Posted on April 23, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , |

Finding the time to write can be difficult. Most writers write in the morning, or so it seems. But, what if you are not a “morning person”?

If you function better later in the day, then you should consider writing at the time when you are at your peak. But, if your productivity suffers when you delay your writing until later, then stick with the morning approach.

Writing when sleepy may be the only way to get the words out. If that is true, keep in mind that you can always return to the work later and edit it when you are more alert.

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Vocabulary Building

Posted on April 20, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , , , |

A daily writing exercise can be a way to work on vocabulary building. Merriam-Webster online has a “Word of the Day” link. Here is another similar link. And here is one more.

For April 15th, from each of those sites come three words: “heinous,” “quell,” and “fashion.” One trick is to use all three in a sentence together:

Quell the heinous fashion: be true to yourself.

Or, alternatively:

Quell the fashion of the heinous: refuse to lower your standards.

I will leave the exercise to my readers to find a way to craft these words into poetry.

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Daily writing as a way to organize thoughts

Posted on April 19, 2013. Filed under: Opinions, Staying-With-It, Writing-Exercises | Tags: |

If you write a short piece, or maybe a few short pieces, each day, you may find that the writing process helps you organize your thoughts.

Just as a task list in software such as Outlook or Astrid can help organize the day, practicing a daily writing exercise each morning, or evening, can help to consolidate thoughts that may be relatively unformed and diaphanous.

As so many others do, the morning writing exercise can be adapted in some ways, expanded in others, and focused in still yet others. Morning work on poetry focusing on meter and rhyme has the potential to improve prose. Vocabulary building can be an option. Identifying and eliminating the use of trite phrases can be another.

To some of you that read this blog, I am “preaching to the choir.” You already know this, and you already do this. But, if the idea is new to you, you should consider it.

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I don’t feel like writing

Posted on April 17, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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