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writing advice - articles links

Postby deddmann_writing » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:46 pm

Some links for advice on writing for the benefit of new writers :

http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/systematic-writers-vs-random
He calls it systematic but it is about being business like and organised with your freelance writing.


http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/stratification-to-write-60-books
She calls it stratification but it is like a mind mapping brainstorm technique to generate a book outline.


https://www.koozai.com/blog/content-marketing-seo/eight-awesome-creative-thinking-techniques-plus-tools/
Summary of 8 creativity techniques. Useful for fiction writers.


http://creativesomething.net/post/65040489344/the-seven-most-effective-techniques-for-creativity
A summary of things 1600 writers do to be creative.


https://smartblogger.com/how-to-write-faster/
Tips for writing more content faster. Tip 6 should be obvious but fixes a common error many make.


http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/how-to-write-better-and-faster.html
Has a couple of useful tips. YMMV.

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Postby AddysM » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:09 pm

Thanks for sharing! I find all these sites helpful from time to time.
Not sure if I want to write faster (sometimes there is not so much thoughts what to write about), but article on creativity has definitely come in handy, bookmarked it.

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Postby RobTheThird » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:20 pm

deddman_writing was always a bit fixated on outlining, but if these articles help, then they help.

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Postby ostarella » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:18 pm

My personal opinion is that new writers should never read how-to-write articles until they've actually written for quite some time. This is for two reasons: 1) they tend to spend more time reading about writing than writing; 2) they tend to think that "advice" means "rule" - which can totally screw up their writing. Once one has written long enough to recognize where the problems seem to be, then articles can be helpful in finding possible solutions to those actual problems - at least, other things to try.
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Postby wdarcy » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:27 am

Agree with Ostarella 100%.

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Postby Rosedarling » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:56 am

Does that include the how-to articles written in WD mag? Just asking because I've learned a lot from those articles in the past. When my kids were growing up we read back issues to get help. They're writing and grades improved. Just saying.
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Postby ostarella » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:42 am

Rosedarling wrote:
> Does that include the how-to articles written in WD mag? Just asking
> because I've learned a lot from those articles in the past. When my kids
> were growing up we read back issues to get help. They're writing and grades
> improved. Just saying.

Again, reading articles *after* writing, knowing where problems seem to be occurring and looking for help in those areas, is very different from thinking that these articles will help you learn to write.

Reading how-to articles before you've tried writing on your own will tell you:

You must outline.
Outlining will kill your creativity.
You should never use first-readers/betas - you can't write by committee.
First-readers/betas can help point out things you, as author, are blind to.
Editing as you go stifles creativity. Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.
One should always edit as you go to keep from massive editing at the end.
One should write for the audience.
One should write for oneself first.
You should write the ending first.
You should write sequentially.
etc etc etc
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