Writing isn’t a skill with which some people are born and others aren’t; like the gifts of art or music. No, writing is talking to someone on paper. If you can rationalize clearly you can put that rationale combined with your knowledge on paper.
What is it like to be a writer? It is not what you think. Do not be deceived by the pretty book covers and glamorous words. Writing is not easy, nor is it always enjoyable. It is arduous and oftentimes lonely. Sometimes the words get stuck in the pipeline of your thoughts.
As with my previous post, when things are not going well the professional writer must establish a daily routine and stick to it. Writing is not an art, but a craft and the one who runs in the opposite direction from this craft because he/she lacks the inspiration is fooling themselves and is also depriving their bank account.
Remember, there are all kinds of writers with all kinds of writing methods. And any method that helps you to convey your thoughts is the right method for you. Some people require silence while others put on their headsets melodically moving themselves along. Some write with a pen, some with a computer and others with a voice recorder.
Some people write their first draft in one unending tirade then revise. While others struggle writing the second paragraph until they’ve tirelessly reworked the first.
Please note rewriting is essential as it is the ethos of the writer’s world. Professional writers rewrite their sentences repeatedly and then rewrite what has been rewritten.
However, the commonality of them all is their levels of vulnerability and stress. Navigating the literary maze; they are driven by a compulsion to put some part of themselves on paper. In the final analysis, the product any writer has to offer is not the subject being written about, but the writer’s being.
From the non-fiction standpoint there should be only two qualities born of any writer’s book: humanity and warmth.
Good writing engrosses the reader from one paragraph to the next as one heartbeat follows another. There are no tailor-made gimmicks for the true writer. No, one must use the English language in a way to achieve the greatest strengths with clarity.
Imagine an artichoke being peeled to its heart. This is the secret of good writing. Taking off all the layers to the basics—simplicity in its most primitive form. Remove all the access clutter from your writing then re-examine your work. Thus insuring at the heart of your story every word is doing its most effective work. Which is to engross the reader in a new journey. One they’ve never taken before, but love the experience along the way.
Always read your genre to learn form and style. From there you can modify those forms and styles to fit your focus. Dig deep. Write your very best as if your life depended on it! Believe it or not to be successful at your craft it does. Might we suggest reading On Writing Well by William Zinsser. It will help you considerably. Whatever you do don’t stop pecking those keys. Until next week….
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