More Advice on Writing
Paul got us off to such a great start with the writing meme that I decided to play, too!
Just to review, his wife tagged him to participate and the rules are simple and straightforward:
1. List three writing tips; and
2. Tag 3 people whose writing style you would like to imitate.
One proviso, however: There are many writers whose styles I admire, but I do not aspire to “imitate” anyone. I have my own style, and am eager to continue developing and improving it.
1. Be a Gluttonous Reader
Great writers read voraciously. They are constantly and eternally learning from others’ work, emulating rather than imitating. Contact any writer you admire and ask him/her what he/she has read recently that was memorable, inspiring or forgettable. I guarantee he/she will respond quickly and thoroughly.
2. Be a Good Listener
Great writers are active, engaged listeners with an intense ability and desire to discern nuance, inflection, intonation variations and subtle hints or suggestions during conversations.
3. Write All — Literally — the Time
I write in my head. I have actually drafted entire articles for my blog in my head before my fingers ever touched the keyboard so that when I finally do sit down, the words practically spray out of my fingertips onto the computer screen.
I do the same thing professionally. As I move through my day, I am constantly thinking about upcoming writing projects, trying out approaches in my head and when I begin, physically, to write, the same thing usually happens.
Some people outline, others are profuse note-jotters and a few carry around microcassette recorders into which they dictate thoughts and ideas. For the most part, although I carry mind maps with me and utilize them in order to keep from forgetting key points or passages, I am constantly writing and editing — internally. Regardless of the methods or mediums employed, ask any writer you admire and he/she will tell you that the dialogue is ongoing. In fact, sometimes it is difficult to turn it off.
Although I’m not formally tagging anyone to participate, I do want to recommend that you get acquainted with three extremely talented writers (apart from my Write Stuff colleagues) whose blogs I read regularly:
Those are my tips. What are yours?
Also published at Write Anything.