Question to writers: What writing tips have you found useful? Recently I stumbled on two that I would like to share with you. Especially if you, like me, have gotten bored with your current writing project to the point you don’t feel like writing and entertain other self doubts. Perhaps you tell your friends or yourself that you’re suffering from writer’s block.
If so, consider trying the tip I read about in Chris Baty’s “No Plot? No Problem! A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide To Writing a Novel in 30 Days.” Maybe it can help you. The fact that I’m reading this book written by the founder of National Novel Writing Month in October is purely coincidental. But it sure incites enthusiasm for me to consider NaNoWriMo. His tips can be used anytime of the year.
First tip to share: He recommends that you make a list of what you enjoy reading. Why do you like a particular story?
Some examples he provides:
feisty old people
cliffhanger chapter endings
Next make a list of the things you don’t like. Such as:
irredeemably malicious main characters
books set on farms
mentally ill characters
food or eating as a central theme
Once you have your two lists, post where you can easily refer to them on the occasions when your muse leaves the room for a coffee break. In the meantime, check you list and work on incorporating a “like” element. Try it. Also, is it possible you have subconsciously worked in a “dislike?”
For me, this technique helped to re-spark the fun of writing.
Now, for the second tip which came from a conversation with a writing friend who suggested making a list of 30 possible chapters that you would like to put in a story. Then write a chapter a day. At the end of the month, you have a first (though rough) draft. Easy, peasy. Right?
“Yeah, right,” I say sarcastically. But it definitely is a start and can work.
Do you have a favorite tip that helped you?