Tuesday, June 23, 2015

10 Steps to Better Writing

I learn something new at every writing event I go to. I have been to a lot of conferences and workshops, retreats and follow many writing blogs, but here's what I've learned boiled down to one sentence: To be a better writer, WRITE.

Yes, there are notebooks full of very useful notes on structure, characters, pacing and even marketing, editing and networking. I look through those notes often especially while I'm in a rut. But, you can't properly structure a unwritten story, there is no arch for a character undeveloped, and no pacing, marketing or editing prose for content unwritten.
To utilize the information in those notebooks I have to sit and write. Push through the terrible bits, even leave notes like "put cool stuff here" and "they should kiss now" then I can go back through, reworking, and polishing making it into a publishable, marketable product.

But first I must WRITE.10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer
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2 comments:

Canda said...

I need to keep telling myself this. Summer is a really hard time to keep regular writing hours for some reason like because it's beautiful; because the sun is still up; because the snow shack is open now; because there is a carnival in the next town over; because all the summer movies are out now...

Donna K. Weaver said...

Okay, this is freaking brilliant. Profound in its obvious simplicity:

"you can't properly structure a unwritten story, there is no arch for a character undeveloped, and no pacing, marketing or editing prose for content unwritten."