How to Be a Better Writer: Erase Excess

How to Be a Better Writer: Erase Excess — Write RightIf you want to be a better writer, you must learn to let go of the words. Think of the process as being like teaching a kid to ride a bike. You would hold onto the back of the seat for a time, but eventually, you would release it. The kid must wobble and find the way to balance on his or her own power.

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How to Be a Better Writer: Tend Your Words

How to Be a Better Writer: Tend Your WordsAll sorts of analogies apply to the writing life, and this week’s involves gardening. It’s a strange comparison to make because, with the exception of some tea roses, I own the slightest of slight green thumbs. I love flower and vegetable gardens, but I lack the patience and desire to care for them.

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How to Be a Better Writer: Get into Trouble

How to Be a Better Writer: Get into Trouble—Write Right“Writers are troublemakers.” — Meg Gardiner, author, CreativeMornings (Austin)

Good writers employ solid plot structures and interesting characters. Better writers tweak the models. That is, they get into trouble. They twist fate, upset the predictable plot line, use present tense instead of the standard past, or create empathy for the most dastardly of villains.

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