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Writing Tips and Tricks

Writing is different for each person, and finding tips that help you write more efficiently is always helpful. Brainpickings.com has a lot of amazing articles centered around writing tips, (there are also some other sources) so I picked a few favourites. It is interesting to see how each person writes just in these small tips. Below are tips and tricks, starting with character development and finishing with editing.

EVERYBODY HAS A REASON TO LIVE – Joss Whedon

Everybody has a perspective. Everybody in your scene, including the thug flanking your bad guy, has a reason. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history. If anyone speaks in such a way that they’re just setting up the next person’s lines, then you don’t get dialogue : you get soundbites. Not everybody has to be funny ; not everybody has to be cute ; not everybody has to be delightful, and not everybody has to speak, but if you don’t know who everybody is and why they’re there, why they’re feeling what they’re feeling and why they’re doing what they’re doing, then you’re in trouble. Continue reading here.

BE A SADIST – Kurt Vonnegut

Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of. Continue reading here.

WRITE UNTIL YOU FINISH – John Steinbeck

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material. Continue reading here.

USE SHORT SENTENCES – David Ogilvy

Write the way you talk. Naturally. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. Continue reading here.

HONE YOUR CRAFT – McSweeney’s

There are two things more difficult than writing. The first is editing, the second is expert level Sudoku where there’s literally two goddamned squares filled in. While editing is a grueling process, if you really work hard at it, in the end you may find that your piece has fewer words than it did before, which is great. Perhaps George Bernard Shaw said it best when upon sending a letter to a close friend, he wrote, “I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” No quote better illustrates the point that writers are very busy. Continue reading here.

BUY A THESAURUS – Susan Orlean

Don’t be ashamed to use the thesaurus. I could spend all day reading Roget’s! There’s nothing better when you’re in a hurry and you need the right word right now. Continue reading here.

LEAVE SPACE – Zadie Smith

Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it. Continue reading here.

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One Comment on “Writing Tips and Tricks”

  1. March 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Reblogged this on nicrt's Blog.

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