Writing Tips : Show and Tell

Writing Tips: Show and Tell

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Time for show and tell! I hope everyone brought their favorite toys or adventures to share with the class!

OK, well, maybe we’re not doing that kind of show and tell, but hey I thought it was a good opener.

The differences between showing and telling with writing are summarized in the basic form of their words. Showing, ultimately, means that you are presenting something, in detail, to someone else, in order to convey a certain message, story, innovation, etc. They can see it, feel it, and come up with their own idea of what your presenting. Continue reading

Writing Tips : 5 Don’ts of Writing

Writing Wednesday: 5 Major Don’ts of Writing

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I know what you’re thinking…My God, he’s doing another list blog. I will admit that I’m running short of ideas (I’d love to hear your suggestions), and this list was the best out of three I could come up with.

Trust me…You don’t even want to hear about the other two.

Either way, I’d love to hear your suggestions for what you think the next writing blog should be about. Ask me questions and I will write a blog to answer them, either by teaching from my own experience, researching others, or both. Let’s keep learning and talking about writing. Continue reading

Writing Tips : Your Writing Space

Writing Wednesday: Your Writing Space

There’s an interesting dilemma with writing in terms of where you write, and how it affects your work. Some people are less influenced by this, and can write almost anywhere, but some are flaunted by the smallest inconsistency at their desk. Some people don’t even know that they’re work is being affected, especially those who are just beginning. The smallest, teeny-tiniest thing could be getting to you, and you may not even realize how much it affects your writing.

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Writing Tips : Creating Your Characters

What makes a good book?

Is it plot line, or prose? Is it funny or smart anecdotes along the way?

It is, and it isn’t, all of these things, plus a bit more. You need a good plot, and you need to have a decent prose. At the least, you should be able to write good enough to know the basic rules. Adverbs are hell, personification is to be used lightly; dialogue tags should be simple – and all that other jazz you hear people discuss. Continue reading

Writing Tips: Writer’s Block – Getting Through It

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Writing Tips: Writer’s Block

This wouldn’t be a writing blog if this topic wasn’t discussed at one point or another. This is a question all writers tackle at one point in their careers, but everyone who has been doing it for long enough has found their own ways to avoid it, or at least manage it. Today I’m going to go over some of my own ways to combat writer’s block, and some other suggestions I’ve come across in discussion groups.

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Writing Tips: Why Should You Print Your Work?

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Should you always print out your work?

The answer is like most things with writing – it’s subjective. It depends on the writer’s preference, resources, etc. Unlike most things in writing though, this question is often met with the same answer when it comes to a project that has twenty or more page – at least it should be. Continue reading

Writing Tips : Handling Multiple Projects – 6 Tips On Keeping Your Mind Straight

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Let’s talk about writing.

How many projects are you working on right now? Are they small, big – somewhere in between?

How do you organize these projects, and remain efficient in your every day schedule?

The last question is one I’ve asked myself, at least a dozen times over the course of the past year. Within the year, I came up with a few tips on how to manage multiple projects, with, at the least, some success (the success will depend on how hard you are willing to work).

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