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How to be a More Confident and Productive Writer. 50 Lists to Write to Lift Your Spirits. As a structural thinker, I love to make lists. Getting everything out of my head and down on paper in an orderly fashion puts me at ease. Rather than grocery lists and to-do lists, try some of these. They’re sort of an inventory of your life and all the good things in it. If your brain is more creative, your lists can be graphical or in the form of a mind map – whatever speaks to you.

This is a brainstorming activity, so list as many as you can without editing or limiting yourself. There are no wrong answers – this is for you and about you. List as many as you can: People who have influenced or inspired you Things you are grateful for Places you have been Places you want to go Books you’ve read Your favorite things – what brings you joy? Tags: Gratitude , Happiness , lists.

Five most effective ways to get over writers block - by Conny Manero. Conny Manero's image for: "Five most Effective Ways to get over Writers Block" Caption: Location: Image by: If your fingers have been hovering over the computer keyboard while you’re gazing at the screen, or your pen has been poised over a blank page, not writing anything at all, chances are you’re suffering from a mild or severe case of writers block.

You can either sit there and wait for something to come to you; get worked up over your lack of inspiration; or you can try one or more of these five effective ways to get over writers block. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. If you’re more of a city person, take to the streets or a nearby mall. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. Nerd Paradise. Posted on: 10 Cado 7:0 - 5.27.29 So you've procrastinated again. You told yourself you wouldn't do this 2 months ago when your professor assigned you this. But you procrastinated anyway. Shame on you. It's due in a few hours. What are you going to do? Pick a Topic The more "legally-oriented" your topic is, the better.

Make a list ...of every possible outcome that this issue could cause in...the near future...the far future...of every person that this topic affects....of any instances where this topic has come in the news....what you would do about this topic if you had the chance/power/enough-sugar...any little detail you can think ofThe important thing about this is to think of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, no matter how silly or far-fetched. Reorder everything Put your most obvious argument first. Then put weird off the wall stuff, regardless of importance. Put the strongest argument for your case next. Now list the incidents that will help argue for your point. Spaces Now print it out. Write Turn in. Writerisms and other Sins: A Writer’s Shortcut to Stronger Writing.

25 Free writing sites for prompts, exercises, lesson plans and more - Mankato Homeschooling. (More) tips for writing well (Austin Govella at Thinking and Making) Published Wed, Jul 8, 2009 by Austin Govella. Updated Wed, Jul 8, 2009. As an editor, I’ve noticed several recurring bad habits you heathens would do well to disabuse yourselves of immediately. Almost without exception, these bad habits instantiate themselves as a series of stock phrases and constructions that reflect a lack of focus, a lack of fully developed argument, or the kind of intellectual laziness that sets in as you slog through your first draft. These things happen, That’s ok. Editing helps you save yourselves from these offenses before your thoughts hit the world and everyone knows your dirty secrets. but you can edit yourself, and you should. Use the following checklist as a guide to tightening up both your words as well as and what you mean. 16 things to check when you edit Be vicious when you edit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

After you edit… The finished piece should be so tight, terse, concise, and clear that it’s boring. Boring. Write like you talk. A. Victoria Mixon, Editor » Blog Archive » 10 Things To Do To Become a Better Writer in 10 Days. George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing. In our society, the study of language and literature is the domain of poets, novelists, and literary critics.

Language is considered a decorative art, fit for entertainment and culture, but practically useless in comparison to the concrete sciences. Just look at the value of a college degree in English versus one in computer science or accounting. But is this an accurate assessment of value? Language is the primary conductor between your brain and the minds of your audience. Ineffective language weakens and distorts ideas. If you want to be understood, if you want your ideas to spread, using effective language must be your top priority.In the modern world of business and politics this is hardly ever the case. This is hardly a recent problem, and as George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, the condition is curable. 1.

This sounds easy, but in practice is incredibly difficult. For this exact reason they must be avoided. 2. Poor Faulkner. 3. 4. 5. 6. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing. I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost.

That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though? Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth. Onto the list. 1. Right here is your story. 2. Momentum is everything. 3. You have a voice. 4. Worry is some useless shit. 5. The rise of self-publishing has seen a comparative surge forward in quantity. 6. I said “stop hurrying,” not “stand still and fall asleep.” 7. It’s not going to get any easier, and why should it? 8. 9. The mind is the writer’s best weapon. 10. 11. 12. Writers are often ashamed at who they are and what they do. 13.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. 14. Manuscript Format for Novels. By Glen C. Strathy The manuscript format used in publishing has evolved a little over time as technology has changed, and if you grew up with word processors, it may seem rather quaint, old-fashioned, and downright boring to look at. Word processors come with many desktop publishing capabilities that are so tempting to use. And if you were working in any other business, you would probably take advantage of them to give your document a distinctive and attractive look. However, if you are submitting your book to agents and/or publishers, it is best to forget about all that and follow the correct manuscript format for publishing that was developed back in the days before word processors existed and professional writers used typewriters. There are several reasons why this format became standard. 1.

Think about this. 2. Despite the fact that everyone uses computers, many editors still like to look at a hard copy and make editing marks in pencil between lines and in margins. 3. 4. 5.