I write by typing not by hand, but I do edit by hand with my special red pen. A new printer allowed me to print the latest draft of Keeper’s Conundrum in prep for another round of edits.
In honor of getting back to my beloved manuscript filled with imaginary adventures, I’d like to share some tips I’ve found when writing. I’m also including a few tips for from another article* I found “13 Tips for Writing a Novel” by Chaker Khazaal.
2. *Write as if your readers are beside you, listening to the story unfold. I found when I got hung up on a passage of the story it would help to step back and just explain it, simply, out loud. Imagine you are explaining to a friend how events unfolded, and write it down verbatim. This helped me get over writing "humps," and moments where my prose would get convoluted.
3. Find your preferred method of writing. Everyone works a little differently, and I am a writer who prefers typing to handwriting, but if you work better by hand in a notebook or loose sheets of paper go for it. Find what inspires you and makes it as easy as possible to write. You shouldn't be fighting the act of writing, you have enough hurdles without that added hardship. There are also writing apps or software like Scrivener or Penflip if those are appealing to you.
4. *Writing can be viewed as an alternate form of meditation. Detach from your surrounding and dive into the world you are creating for yourself, and for your readers.
“I am rooted, but I flow.”
6. Don’t try to write hungry. Every writer needs to be fueled and not have the added stressor of a grumbling tummy. Eat before you sit down to work or have easy to eat snacks already on hand to minimize the interruptions as much as possible. I also always have a warm cup of tea and water on hand. Refreshing my tea also forces me to get up and walk around for a few minutes.
7. Take a break when you need to. Writing is difficult and sometimes you’ll get stuck, when it happens, call a friend or fellow writer and talk it over. Taking a step back from your computer or notebook to think through troubled spots can make a big difference. On the other hand, if you’re on a roll DON’T break the flow! An achieved state of flow is hard to obtain and when it happens taken advantage of it, remember it benefits you to keep the muses happy.
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