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Writing - Ten Most Unusual Writing Tips
I learned about writing through dating. My dating wing-man and I hung out in bars and tried to talk to women. I was horrible at it. None spoke to me more than 30 seconds while his stories would leave them laughing for what felt like hours. They might still be laughing. He finally told me your stories suck They're too long. Cut out every second sentence. It worked and applies to most writing - get right into the story.
1. Throw out the first and last paragraphs.
2. Take a good crap each day. If your body isn't flowing then your writing won't either. Eat lots of fiber and get exercise. Sitting at a desk for too long leads to constipated writing.
3. Coffee. Writers write about their addictions or to fuel their addictions. You'll find a lot of heavy drinkers, addicts and womanizers in the writing pantheon. You'll find Zen Masters, marathon runners and mountain climbers. Find your passion and you'll find your voice. Drinking a beer stein of coffee wakes my muse each morning.
4. Don't ask permission. There's no need to say, "I think ...", "I feel that ... " or that foul acronym "IMHO". You're writing.it - we get that it's your opinion.
5. Break the laws of physics. Writing frees you from time, gravity. Your characters can fly, break laws, live on other planets. Play with it - don't chain yourself to life as usual.
6. Risk. All artists play with boundaries. Deduct 1% quality from your story for each group that you worry about offending. Say what we're thinking, but don't dare to say. It's easy to always do the safe, expected story that won't offend. Take some chances.
7. Use a lot of periods. University textbooks are filled with semi-colons and long sentences. Your writing should go "Boom" without the need for an exclamation mark.
8. Write when you're angry. Write about what you love and hate. Just broke up with your girl-friend - I bet you've got some pretty intense emotions. Write about it.
9. Don't be a bookworm. Hemingway skied, hunted big-game, fished, and drank a lot. Fill your writing tank with life experiences. Listen to the voices around you in the supermarket, shamelessly eavesdrop on the people at the next table in the coffee shop. You need to harvest a lot wheat for the writing mill.
10. Finish with a twist.
Then take out every second sentence.