Still gleaning some sound advice from James Scott Bell’s The Art of War for Writers (fiction writing strategies, tactics, and exercises)
Reminders as I write:
We all have our strong, and not so strong writing tricks, habits and patterns. And we are all trying to become better writers, no matter what our level of experience. We need to expand and stretch in our craft, try new things to enrich our writing. Bell tells us: Decide what tactics you want to keep at the front of your mind as you write. Keep a list of these reminders with you during writing time. These will change as your writing changes/develops.
Here’s my current list:
THE BIG PICTURE= Remember to look at how the little scenes feed into the whole story; don’t go tangent crazy
DIG DEEPER = the first draft is OK for simplified, clichéd descriptions, but I need to dig deeper for the perfect word/phrase to paint the precise picture (go easy on the adverbs)
ACTIVE = change those passive verbs to active! >>Anyone have references or exercises they can recommend?
NO TEARS IN THE WRITER…= no tears in the reader – infuse each scene with strong, deep emotions. Stop and reflect first person experiences to bring emotion and truth to the scene.
What are you reading? What are you learning?
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