Last Weeks Writing Links 11/23-11/28

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Getting rid of those pesky adjectives in your writing

Matthew Wright

Ever been caught by your writing taking on a life of its own? Words not coming out the way you want, adjectives slipping in and -ly endings abounding?

Wright_Hobbiton4You’re not alone. It’s a common problem, especially near the beginning of the learning curve. And yes, writing is a learned skill like any other. It takes as much practise to get good at it as it does to become a concert pianist.

I often think one of the hallmarks is the way writers inevitably seem to drop adjectives as their experience increases. This steady de-purpling is fairly standard progression for writers as they learn, and one of the reasons why it happens is that the writer is more comfortable with the expression of the scene in their own minds. It isn’t necessary to qualify every detail with an adjective in order to feel they’ve properly conveyed it for the reader.


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Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Start in the Middle (In Medias Res)

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Image from an excellent post about presentation story structure by Ffion Lindsay Image from an excellent post about presentation story structure by Ffion Lindsay

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, right? Right.

But, no one ever said they always have to be told in that order.

Sometimes, the best place to start your story is smack dab in the middle, or even at the end.

In fancy-schmancy literary terms, this is called in medias res, a latin expression which basically means “in the middle of” or “in the midst of.” Writers of all kinds (literary, film, tv) use the in medias res technique to capture and hold the reader’s attention right from the first word. By dropping readers into the middle of the action, without any explanation or exposition, the writer can quickly and easily pull them deeper into the story.

Some people refer to this technique as cutting all the “throat clearing” or “small talk.” If…

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Last Weeks Writing Links 11/16-11/21

Here are Last Weeks Links that I tweeted.

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Top writing tip – go for a walk


You know that feeling when you’ve written yourself into a corner in your blog post, presentation, thesis, or another type of document? Here’s a tip that’s helped me often to get past the corner: Go for a walk!

Take an energetic stroll. In the bush, on the beach, whatever suits you. Don’t consciously think about the problem in your document. If your brain comes up with a thought, toy with that thought in a semi-interested manner. Follow where it goes. Be open to its consequences even if they involve throwing away an entire section of your presentation, redoing some research, changing the direction of your thesis.

The thing is, your subconscious is probably right. Often, it’s bringing to the surface a feeling that you’ve had for a while. That niggling worry that something’s not quite right with the document, but you haven’t had time to go down the rabbit hole of investigation, or are…

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I will write until not a single word remains in my soul

I will write until not a single word remains in my soul. Until every story in my heart has been told. Until my mind’s well of ideas is bone dry. And even then I will write on, because writing is not just something I do, but part of who I am.


Is Blogging Worth the Effort?

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photo: M. Shafer Deborah Lee Luskin

Is blogging worth the effort?

I wonder.

It’s coming up on a year since I launched my new website and blog, revamped my author page on Facebook, and started to tweet. It’s time to review.

I set out to post an essay every Wednesday. Fifty-two blog posts later, I want to evaluate what have I gained, and at what cost?

There’s definitely been good that’s come from posting weekly.

  • I’ve posted every Wednesday but once, when I posted that Thursday.
  • Almost all my posts have been new essays; I’ve reworked previously published work less than a handful of times.
  • I’m proud of producing so much original work, and mostly pleased with its quality.
  • Thanks to a hard-learned lesson about intellectual property rights, I’ve also started to take my own photos. It’s been a lot of fun to reactivate the visual part of my…

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Last Weeks Writing Links 11/9-11/14

Here are Last Weeks Links that I tweeted.

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5 Things Writing A Comedy Blog Series Has Taught Me #writer #amwriting


Back in September I decided to create a weekly comedy blog series ‘The Diary of Roxy Collins’.

The character of Roxy Collins has actually been sat in my writing folder fora couple of years (poor girl!). I don’t think its uncommon for writers to have spare characters sat in writing folders, waiting for their opportunity to come alive. My writing folders are like waiting rooms and my head is like a packed commuter train.

I thought it was time I did something with the character of Roxy and not leave her to fester any longer. She was created during my ‘chick lit’ years when I binge read anything fun, romantic and sparkly. During this emotional reading time of my life I found myself wanting to read about a different sort of character, a comedy heroine who wasn’t so glamorous, trendy and leading a jet setting lifestyle.

Cue the creation of…

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While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.

~Randy Neugebauer