Writing is fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Some genres clearly demand more work than others.
Space … the final frontier.
Er, no, not the kind of space I’m talking about. I mean “space” as in literal, physical spaces.
Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of writing advice. Some of those tips have been good. These are not those tips. If you want to become a better writer, ignore these so-called tips any time you see them, no matter who you hear them from.
Depending on who you talk to (and how old they are), they might tell you we’re living in the information age. Or maybe the digital era. Or something to this effect. At any rate, what they mean is we’re currently living in an era super-powered by technology and technological advances. At risk of dating myself, I remember dial-up modems and VHS tapes and casettes. My parents remember “party-line” telephones and typewriters.
All writers have them. They go by many different names. You may not even notice them at first. They pretend to be your friends, but they’re not. They’re actually your worst enemies.
No, I’m not talking about inner demons. I’m talking about weasel words.
Have you taken a look at your NaNoWriMo project since you finished it on November 30? Setting a manuscript aside is a great first step. You’ve probably found yourself wondering, “What next?” Someone will almost inevitably suggest publishing it or looking for an agent. Someone might say you want or need to get it edited.
He said, she said. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You’re reading a book and you’re suddenly struck by the utter repetitiveness of the dialogue tags. Every other line seems to have the word “said.”
We’ve finally kissed 2017 goodbye, and people are looking forward to 2018. If you’re like most people, you’ve set yourself some goals for the coming twelve months. Popular New Year’s resolutions include getting better shape, eating better, and reading more books.