Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wednesday's Writing

I'm reading more... more than I ever have, and to tell you the truth my writing has prospered because of it. The more you read, the better you'll write. I'm proof of that, (though my spelling might need some work).
Remember what I said in last Friday's post...? You don't... because you didn't read it...? Well go read it, and then we will continue....
Go, on... go ahead... I'll wait.

OK, now that's better... I said, as a writer, you have to not only read, but study the art of writing, (or something like that.) So here's how I do it.

I keep a note pad close, (I guess you can use your smart phone, or pad, but I like the old school use of paper.) when you come across a word you don't know, or a word you like, or a phrase you like, write it down. use it in your writing, without plagiarizing another writer of course. But learn from the best - learn from your favorite writer.  They will lead the way... and you build on what you learned from what you read.

A writer writes, but a writer must learn too...  the studying of the art we have chosen, never ends. You as a writer have to build on it.

Now... remember that note pad...? Good. Now, as well as write down things you read, write down things you hear too. Either in a conversation with someone, or from something you hear in your daily life, at work, on a bus, in a taxi, on the radio, and use that in your writing... go home, sit down, look at your notes and see how you can incorporate what you wrote down in your writing. BUT, don't force it. If you can't use it today, you might use it tomorrow, or the next day, or the next... you get the drift.

Let me know how it works for you, either on Facebook, or Twitter, or in the space below on this blog.

I hope it helps.

Happy writing.

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