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How to Write Stuff - A Writing Guide (Sort Of)

Updated on December 2, 2020
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.


How to Write Everything Under the Sun

There are countless websites and online articles telling us how to write almost everything from poetry and flash fiction to novels, biographies, and nonfiction informational content. There are also numerous books, magazines, and courses striving to do the same. Gosh, I have even written "How to Write" articles myself.

We all strive to be the very best at what we do, or at least do the best we can so, as writers, we delve through the raging river of information on the art we love so that we can achieve our goal. The trouble is it gets to the stage where you feel you are just going around in circles and reading the same advice over and over again. Am I right?

So, in this article I won't tell you how to do any of these things. I'll simply attempt to tell you how to write "Stuff."

Just me writing stuff
Just me writing stuff | Source

What is Stuff?

Well you may ask, "What is Stuff?"

Stuff : is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.

noun noun: stuff; plural noun: stuffs

  1. matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied."What's that black stuff? ."
    • a person's belongings, equipment, or baggage."We can't move to a smaller place, we have too much stuff." synonyms: possessions, personal possessions, effects, goods;
    • BRITISH informal: dated, worthless or foolish ideas, speech, or writing; rubbish."stuff and nonsense!" synonyms: rubbish, nonsense, twaddle, balderdash, claptrap, gibberish, drivel ; More
    • informal: drink or drugs."The islanders get fighting mad on the stuff"
    • things in which one is knowledgeable and experienced; one's area of expertise. noun: one's stuff; plural noun: one's stuffs"; "I've read all his books. He knows his stuff and can write really well." synonyms: facts, information, data, subject, discipline
  2. the basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone."Hansen was made of sterner stuff."
  3. used to refer to more things of a similar kind to the ones you mentioned. "I was embarrassed because she just wanted to talk about love and stuff."
  4. to completely fill a container or space with something. "Under the bed they found a suitcase stuffed with money."
  5. used to express indifference or rejection of something: "Stuff this diet."

So, my interpretation of all this is that if you want to write anything non-specific or indeterminate, or just to fill up space in an article, you can write about stuff.

(source Cambridge Dictionary and stuff)

I like to collect quirky stuff like this Snoopy clock.
I like to collect quirky stuff like this Snoopy clock. | Source

10 Tips for Writing Stuff

  1. If you have any dreams, random thoughts, ideas that you'd like to develop and expand on, just start writing that stuff down.
  2. Don't bother planning. How can you plan anyway if you are just writing about random stuff.
  3. Just ad lib as you go and write whatever stuff pops into your head. That's kind of exciting as you never know what the finished project will end up like.
  4. Look to others for inspiration. They know and do stuff too, and it may be different stuff to you.
  5. Research stuff. It helps to make you appear to be an authority on whatever stuff you are writing about.
  6. Following on from the previous point: Don't write about stuff you know nothing about, especially if it is medical or health related. You could kill or maim someone with your advice, and then they'd be stuffed, and so would you.
  7. Write stuff that people want to read. Find your audience. Then they will follow you and share your stuff on Facebook, Twitter, and stuff.
  8. Try writing a poem about stuff. Here are some words to rhyme with stuff to start you off: snuff, gruff, puff, cuff, rough, tough, enough, scuff, huff, duff, chuff, bluff, buff, fluff.
  9. Use stuff to help reach a minimum word count. Stuff your article or story with lots of different stuff to make it more interesting. Especially if it is on HubPages, the stuff can include photos, videos, polls, call-outs, recipes etc.
  10. When all else fails, make stuff up! Fiction is a popular genre - so go for it! You can write all kinds of stuff under the banner of fiction - crime, mystery, horror, romance, drama, comedy, and best of all - science fiction.

Most people will enjoy reading your stuff. But anyone who doesn't appreciate the stuff you write, especially after all the trouble you went to, can just go and get s...some other stuff to read.

Oh, here is one additional tip for writing stuff thanks to Austinstar:

  • There is a cool journalism trick for writing - start with Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. If you include the 5 'Ws' whenever you write, you will have a good foundation for writing stuff.

McDonalds is a popular place to stuff your face. Maybe this stuff will get me more views.
McDonalds is a popular place to stuff your face. Maybe this stuff will get me more views. | Source

This Poem is Stuffed

I gather my climbing gear and stuff,

Today I will scale the mountain.

I know the steep accent will be tough,

But I am excited and determined.

As I climb to the top of the bluff,

Even though I have trained for months,

The exertion makes me huff and puff,

And it seemed to take forever.

But on reaching the summit I am chuffed,

The view from the top is amazing.

The descent also proved to be very rough,

My knees copped a good grazing.

One elbow was also quite badly scuffed,

As I gladly set foot on the ground.

But, I arrived back down safe enough,

At least this time around.

Stuffing your face
Stuffing your face | Source

How do you write?

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© 2016 John Hansen


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