Saturday, July 5, 2014
Helpful Article on Writing
Once upon a time we used to write a lot of posts about actual writing. That was actually kind of the intent of the blog in general, although we meandered off on a lot of often fun sidetracks. It's been a very long time since we discussed writing in and of itself, but I just came across this article that I thought had some simple but also very useful tips on writing. I'll link it here rather than copying and pasting, but it is six tips on writing from John Steinbeck. Push, especially, I thought of you quite a bit when reading some of these. One tip in particular talks about moving on from a particular scene that is giving you trouble, which is something I've told her to do on occasion. It doesn't do you any good to spend all of your time hung up on one scene and never getting anywhere, especially when you have a clear idea of what the rest will look like.
Where have you gotten your best advice on writing? Do you try to make yourselves better or do you just write and not worry about it? Personally, I always want it to be better. Sadly this often means I'll go back and cringe at older things I've written, but it can also inspire you to do better and figure out how not to make the same mistakes. I do wonder though if for some there is just a natural gift for words that cannot be taught or learned. And then there is the fact that some people have their own distinct style of writing. For me, if I wasn't trying to be better at it, I'd just write for myself and not share it with other people. Although it's difficult to be a story teller without an audience.
Anyway, hopefully you got some good tips in there and I'd be interested to hear if others read about writing or study it at all or if you just go out and write and don't care what anyone thinks.