Saturday Share [Reblog]: Sixty second writing tips: five things writers should always do

Five real quick tips from fellow kiwi, Matthew Wright.

Matthew Wright

I found a post the other day listing fifteen things writers should never do. Sensible enough – especially the rule about not begrudging others’ success.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/15-things-a-writer-should-never-do/

1195430130203966891liftarn_Writing_My_Master_s_Words_svg_medIn response I thought I’d come up with my own list of five things that I think writers should always do:

1. Write every day. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

2. Planning is important. I know there’s a debate over ‘seat-of-the-pants’ streams of consciousness versus planning. But trust me, in today’s market, it’s planning.

3. Put what you write in the proverbial drawer for a month after you think it’s finished. Then go back and finish it.

4. Accept that all writers think their own work sucks.

5. Always keep trying. No matter how glum things seem to be, keep at it. If one strategy doesn’t work, switch to another.

In the end, of course, it’s all about what works best…

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Software review: “Editor” by Serenity Software

Interesting software. Reblogged post from Today’s Author

Today's Author

I’m working with a piece of software that might be of interest to those who self-publish. It’s got the catchy name of “Editor”, a product of Serenity Software. (I bought it retail and have no sort of relationship with the company.) I’m using it to go over my novel. So far, I like it. PC World gave it four out of five stars. Since I’ve started using it, it’s pointed out some mushy text that benefited from being changed.

The software scans the text for the following (click the image to enlarge it):

Editor - usage

Notice that this goes well beyond the spelling and grammar check that’s part of MS Word. Fortunately, I haven’t yet had any of my prose flagged for “pretentious term”, but I have gotten flagged for weak constructions such as starting a sentence with “It was…”

Editor scans the prose, numbering each sentence. It then checks…

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Reblog: M is for Muse

Perfect for M.

Writing Under Fire

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Muse

Taken from Wikipedia, (cut and pasted – not entire content)

The nine muses are :Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, Melpomene

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The Muses in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

The Muses, the personification of knowledge and the arts, especially literature, dance and music, are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory personified). Hesiod’s account and description of the Muses was the one generally followed by the writers of antiquity. It was not until Roman times that the following functions were assigned to them, and even then there was some variation in both their names and their attributes:

Calliope -epic poetry

Clio –history

Euterpe -flutes and lyric poetry

Thalia -comedy and…

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[Reblog] F is for Filing Cabinet: Organizing with File Folders

Denise shares some organization approaches for writers in this A to Z series.

Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers

By Denise Reashore

Purchased a new filing cabinet or does the old one look like a bomb went off? Has it become a free for all storage area or an unorganized “organized” mess? Why not rearrange, clean out or organize it to suit your writing needs?

Even if the only available space is one drawer, try colour coordinating your writing files:

  • Designate one colour (ie. red) to the business of writing: Business cards; Mailing address labels; Biography; Resume; Union dues; Expenses; Income tax claims
  • Choose another colour, like black, to hold copies of templates found in writing books and from courses but make sure to keep your original copy
  • Pick a bright or neon colour to identify your present writing: Works in Progress
  • A paler coordinating colour could be used to file away work once it has been sent to publishers: Works Sent
  • Keep a file for works published…

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[Reblog] Writer Beware: How the Inner Editor Attacks

And here’s another writer on the inner critic

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

If you read a decent number of creative writing blogs, or know any authors, you’ve probably heard about the dreaded “Inner Editor.” I’ve decided to call mine Eeyore, cause he’s pretty much a downer. (Jennings Wright’s is a balrog. This is a FABULOUS blog post on the same topic with a different twist.)

The Inner Editor is your “bad” writing angel. It’s the guy or gal (or donkey) sitting on your shoulder telling you you shouldn’t be writing, you’re wasting your time, and you’re no good at it. The big problem with Eeyore is that he knows me really well, so he’s really good at picking up on the things I don’t like about myself and using them to distract me from making progress.

You might think that after some time, your Eeyore will go away. Bad news: he doesn’t. I’ve been writing for ten years and I’ve…

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