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20 + 12 tips for 2012

January 4, 2012
Happy New Year from Judith

Happy New Year from Judith

Happy New Year to subscribers old and new from across the globe.  Looking forward to the writing year ahead, I thought it might be a good idea to start with a selection of writing tips.  They are in random order so that you can browse and choose the most appropriate ones to take your writing to the next level.

Twenty

Write what you want to read.

Believe in yourself, you can do it.

Strategy is the key to success.

Mine your life.

Read critically.

Do something to take you nearer to your goal.

Unite sound with vision to create light.

Read your work out loud.

Weave individual stories together to add tapestry to your writing.

Make your story turn every 4 to 6 pages.

Read what books are coming out, as they come out.

Plan, plan, plan.

List all the senses and let them into your writing.

Develop your craft by reading widely.

Read to write, write to read.

Define yourself as a writer.

Try, try and try again.

Remember, you don’t have to write in sequence.

Learn from the masters.

Just write.

And Twelve

Research or visit the setting of your story.

Create opening lines which are like portals to a whole new universe.

Make the ending of your story worthy of the beginning.

Create a scrapbook of your novel.

Get into the habit of writing every day.

Begin by deciding the shape and size of your book.

Write about reading.

Write down your ideas, thoughts, and observations.

Tackle a technical aspect of writing.

Borrow from history to give weight or realism to a plot.

Pick a time and place to write.

Be flexible in your plans.

Print them out, stick them up, use them as stimuli for reading and writing. Have fun.  Leave a comment to tell myself and other readers which ones you choose and why.

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