Trudging On

I’ve been reading a lot of writing tips lately, trying to absorb as much knowledge on writing as humanly possible. There is such great material out there for writers that many people might not know about, so I figured I’d share some great links I found with you.

Let me just say this, first and foremost: writing is hard. From idea to conception, it takes every ounce of your being to trudge on through the wind and the rain and the mud. It takes first drafts and second drafts and eighth drafts, and even then your work is never going to be absolutely perfect. No matter how hard you try, there is no such thing as absolute perfection.

Not in writing.

Now, I know that sounds like I’m putting down any and all writing, but that’s not what I’m doing at all. Every writer has their strengths and weaknesses, whether you’re a bestseller or a beginner, and even though a piece of writing may have imperfections, that work can still be considered excellent, stellar, or even [insert favorite adjective here]. What does matter, however, is how you play to those strengths (and attempt to cover up or improve upon those weaknesses).

The following links are here to help you learn something new and become a better writer. Remember, any and all tips in these links are guidelines — in the end, it’s up to you what you do with your writing.

1) “When to TELL the Story” | Shannon Donnelly

We’ve all heard that saying, “show, don’t tell,” but when is telling appropriate in prose? This is a great article that discusses some of the uses telling has in writing, as well as when you should use it and when you shouldn’t.

2) “Literary Devices: Foreshadowing” | Amy Rose Davis

Foreshadowing can be fun, but how much foreshadowing is too much? Here, Davis covers a few foreshadowing techniques, tells us how we can work them into our manuscripts, and how too much foreshadowing can limit the reader’s enjoyment.

3) “5 Wrong Ways to Start a Story” | Courtney Carpenter

The opening of your story is one of the most important things to get right. This is the part that grabs the reader — convinces them to continue with the rest of the novel. Carpenter informs us of five common ways many writers start their stories, and why they probably shouldn’t.

4) “Repetition — a Two-Ended Hammer” | Roz Morris

Repetition can bore your reader, but it can also be useful tool for emphasizing in a story. This article shows how you can get rid of oft-repeated words, but also use repetition to your advantage.

5) “A Few Self-Publishing Thoughts and Discoveries” | Elizabeth S. Craig

If you’re finished with your novel and are looking into publication, self-publishing may be an excellent, rewarding route to take. Craig gives us insight into the pros and cons of self-publishing.

Of course, these are just a few of the many, many (did I mention many?) links and sources on the internet for writers who may be struggling with certain aspects of writing, or if they just want to learn how the pros are able to write so well.

I’m going to try and share more of these links with you through subsequent blog posts, so stay tuned for that!

Before I let you all go, I just wanted to share with you that my novel is close to 30,000 words now! The first draft is closer and closer to being completed, and I can’t wait to share the details of it with you when it is.

Take care, and keep writing!

Sam

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