WTT: Mind Your Space

Hey guys. I’m busy working on the remaining short stories for my short story collection. I’m currently stuck on one in particular; I’m working out the plot details right now. I’ll be starting a new day job in a couple weeks, so that’s pretty exciting. Means less time for personal writing, though! I’ve given myself the goal to complete my short story collection (not necessarily all the editing) by the end of the summer. Let’s see if I can do it. 😉

Well, today is Writing Tip Tuesday. Today, I want to talk about space. I’m sitting here in my homemade cozy library/study and I’m realizing that where you write is very important …

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Tip: Sure, as writers ideas can come to us anywhere–bars, parks, the mall, whatever–but it’s a good idea to have a designated spot where you do your serious writing and editing. A cozy armchair, a study, a corner of your local library. Just pick a place where you feel most comfortable and creative; this way you are not distracted by outside man-made and/or environmental factors.

WTT: Get the Red Out

It’s Writing Tip Tuesday. Now, I can’t take credit for this tip, but I think it’s a dang good one, so I thought I’d pass it along.

Try editing in something other than red pen. (Like, say, green.) It’ll be less harsh, but will still make edits stand out.

WTT: Blocked?

It’s Writing Tip Tuesday (and I almost forgot it was Tuesday!). Let’s talk about writer’s block.

Writer’s block isn’t any fun. When it happens to a writer, they’ll tell you it feels like they can’t put anything on paper at all. But that’s the precise moment you must! Even if it’s just a few sentences, you must write. Keeping those creative channels open is very important. Keep that pen moving!

WTT: Stuck?

It’s Writing Tip Tuesday. Today let’s talk about getting unstuck while writing a story.

Sometimes while writing a story chronologically, you suddenly get stuck. If that happens, try writing random scenes instead. Usually this helps me out. I’ll think of a scene that might happen fifteen or a few paragraphs later and scribble it out. Alternatively, write the ending first. Then it’s all about putting the pieces together.

WTT: Read

It’s Writing Tip Tuesday. Today’s installment is about reading. You’ve heard the old adage: read. Well, it’s true:

Read. Read everything you can. The more you read the better you write.

When you read, you open your mind to new worlds, new people and new experiences. Not only is it fun, it gets your creative juices flowing and encourages you to come up with new ideas. So get out there and read!