It amazes me how quickly stories can be found in a journalistic sense, merely by observing and looking for the angle yet untouched. Continue reading
For me, the process of conceptualization when writing is like a stream of consciousness exercise but in my case, it’s more a stream of strategy: the piecing together of myriad ideas across a broad spectrum of events and genres.
All writers face the inescapable quandary of readership.
Do you write what you want in the hope that other people will find it? Do you write for a segment within a specific genre? Do you write to the tastes of your editor or publisher? Continue reading
How I destress at each momint I craft teeh.
What especily pees me of is who autocorruct
is tryi’n to fix everythank I type right now,
bit ho! When it comes to wrting an actaul article,
does it help me any?
Nearly every book on writing theory I’ve read has been resolute in a single mantra: take prolific notes. The rationale being you’ll never know when inspiration hits. And if you’re like me where life’s sparks are easily forgotten, it’s a boon. Continue reading
Proofreading isn’t merely about finding mistakes. It’s a chance to look at your words one more time too. Locate those typos and kill them, but be open to fresh syntax.
It’s amazing how often the voice in your head thought a piece was good, when all along, it needed a night’s sleep for perspective. So often your voice celebrates a piece, when a night’s sleep gives it perspective.
The love of writing lives on the cutting floor. In editing we find things about our words and style we never imagined. Doors swing open and mastery stands in the room. When you can cut 1000 words by half for publication, you know you’re on the way to professionalism. You’re absolutely satisfied. You’ve bid your ego but not your creativity adieu.
Seldom will a writer’s first draft shine. It’s a thrilling moment when it does but too often you’ll find perfection an illusion. You’re no longer writing unrestrained. Great writing isn’t a formula.