“Write from the heart.” ~~B. Lynn Goodwin
A Smorgasbord of Writing Advice
One day when I felt stuck, I went searching for new advice. I sought something that would raise my writing to the next level. Here are 3 good articles I found
8 Writing Tips From Nobel Prize Winners:
There’s all kinds of advice in Writer’s Digest. Pick what you want from
Jerry Jenkins shares his best writing advice at https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-become-a-better-writer/
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As you probably know, there is no one-way to tell a story. If you’re looking for fresh ideas, here are a few from me. I have a lot of writing out in the world, have three books published and a fourth under contract, and sometimes I still get stuck, so I’m sharing a few tips that have helped me.
A Dozen Tips for Getting Unstuck
- Write from the heart.
- Write the story that only you can tell.
- When you get stuck, journal about what is wrong or let your characters tell you what they want, what they can do to get it, and what is in their way. They can do that in your journal.
- As Anne Lamott said, “Give yourself permission to do a shitty first draft.”
- Write for at least five days a week and for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Use a pre-planned plot or discover it as you go. Different minds work different ways, so try all kinds of methods as you search for the one that works for you.
- Still stuck? Start with a sensory image, like the way the light filters through an oak tree, casting shadows on the sidewalk. It often clears the mind and gets the juices flowing, though they may come from a new place.
- When you resolve a conflict, introduce another one immediately.
- Write the kind of story you want to read and/or the story your characters want to tell.
- You can stop midsentence and use that as your starting place the next day.
- When you’re drafting, there are no mistakes–only new material. Keep a positive attitude and send your negativity gremlins away.
- On the other hand, rewrites and editing are also your friends once you’ve finished the first draft. There are many skilled editors out there, including Writer Advice’s Manuscript Consultation Service,
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