Writing Tips

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  1. Start with the small goal of writing one sentence a day, and you’ll write a thousand. Simplicity is the best form of writing, and the only way to be a writer is to sit down and begin with that first word.
  2. Said is not dead.
  3. Using the word very is lazy, but most people are very lazy. Using very instead of a complicated word is okay. In fact, it’s very okay.
  4. Same goes for really. “I really love you, and it’s really making my writing about my own sadness really hard because you really make me happy.”
  5. Sometimes you just have to use “in order to” instead of “to” because it just feels right in order to make your own poem sound really from the heart and it’s not redundant darling it’s very beautiful.
  6. There’s a saying that goes “bird by bird, buddy” and same goes with writing. Just take it word by word by word, and you’ll make a prose, a quote, or a poem. All you have to do is sit down and bleed your heart out.
  7. Breathe.
  8. Just enjoy the process.
  9. You are a word scientist.
  10. You are not an aspiring writer. You are a writer.
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50 thoughts on “Writing Tips

  1. This is excellent advice. I find the biggest bar to writing is the desire to write brilliantly. Quality comes with that unconscious, lucky first draft or through re-writing and editing. People forget that writing is simply hard work.

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    • Many folks can write brilliantly, but, typical artists, it’s never quite good enough for them. I find people should sometimes “just write”. Sure, some combing and editing may be advisable afterwards, but sometimes you just write brilliant things.
      Just because you don’t know you’re writing brilliantly doesn’t make it so.
      In photography, we shoot 500 frames for every keeper shot.
      Writing is not greatly dissimilar.
      Write a lot, edit a lot, keep a little.

      Paz

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  3. “You’re not an aspiring writer. You are a writer.” Thanks for that. I have trouble calling myself a writer, even though I write every day. In my own mind I am. It’s an important part of my identity. But when people ask me what I do, I never say I’m a writer. I can’t bear the questions that inevitably follow.

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  4. This is all so true. It’s so easy to be too hard on ourselves before we even get to write down that first sentence, despite the fact that we’re never going to improve if we don’t let ourselves start. It’s a catch 22 that you’ve captured brilliantly! 🙂

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  6. Writers are always afraid to call themselves writers, I guess right up until the moment they put a Pulitzer in your hands. It seems there must be a degree required, or ongoing monetary success through publishing. Maybe there’s a special “Writer’s License” or some other PROOF.
    I’m a wordsmith, a writer. I’m also a painter. Are my paintings selling for millions (or at all) or hanging in museums and homes of the wealthy? No. But I am still a painter.
    My friend Lester is a painter, and makes money at it. He’s a house painter. Still, a painter.
    If I know how to water-ski, don’t I say “I’m a water-skier.”?
    Do I need to make money at it to justify it?
    Well, I’m also a fisherman, so I gotta go now…

    Paz

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