A visit to the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day tip article offers us this: 18. Communication Good writing connects with readers. For each piece you write, ask yourself: Who is my audience? Imagine the people you’d most like to reach. What do I want the experience and result of this … More Communication
This is gonna be a hard one for me. If you’ve read even one of my posts, you know that I don’t shy away from clichés. As a matter of fact, I like them, and go out of my way to use them. When I read the next writing tip in the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to … More But I like clichés…
More than half way through the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day article, and I think I’m getting to the tips that are either repeating the first 13 tips, or going over my head. Let’s review the 14th tip: 14. Effective Details The key to effective description is to realize the importance … More Contradicting details
I have a hard time with word choices. My vocabulary is stunted, shallow, darn near non-existent (I had to come up with that phrase at the end because I couldn’t think of another word for low, limited, very little). I often come up with odd analogies and metaphors that paint awkward pictures because I can’t … More A dove’s gait
That’s probably not true, but gotta write something. The next piece of writing advice in the Writer’s Digest article titled 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day is unity. Here it is: 7. Unity One method for creating a sense of unity in a piece of writing is the use of … More Any post is better than no post?
I had an Aha! moment the other day. I don’t often get things, but now and then, a huge spotlight manages to pierce the darkness and I see the light. In may only be for a moment, but that’s all I need before I crawl back under my rock and ruminate the clear idea tattooed … More The Aha! Moment
That’s true for ‘word pictures’, too. You know when you read a passage that seems to jump off the page, evoking an image that is so strong that when you talk about that scene with someone else, they describe it almost exactly the way you saw it in your mind’s eye? Yeah, well, like that. … More A picture is worth a thousand words…
Ah, yes, originality! Or, better yet, as listed in my thesaurus: imagination, creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, individuality, freshness, newness, novelty, uniqueness, boldness, daring, unconventionality, unorthodox, singularity. I have none of those qualities. And the thing is, I like clichés! I use them all the time in my day-to-day speech and, of course, in my writing … More Originality or Steal?
The third piece of writing advice in the Writer’s Digest article titled 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day is about developing one’s ‘voice’. Of course, you already have voice. If not, then my apologies if I offend. But most of us, by the time we hit our twenties, pretty much … More Can you hear me?
I’m completely re-writing my novel, Devil’s Blood, at the moment. And I’ve tried really hard not to get distracted with other stuff. But while re-reading some of my old notes on what I needed to check for on the old novel, I came across a list of things to search for and destroy. Things like: … More Writing a Novel