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Who Reads For You?

10.20.2011 blogging

If you’re a writer, you need a reader. That may seem dazzlingly obvious, but I’m not talking about the person who may eventually read what you’ve written. I’m talking about someone you have in mind before you begin writing. I don’t care if you’re a “blogger”, a poet, a novelist, or someone who writes marketing [...]

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Writing Assignment: Cut, Remove, Delete

10.14.2011 writing

This may be the most difficult writing assignment that I’ve issued to date. Cutting your own material is very hard. You wrote those words, that way, for a reason. But the result might not be good enough. Sometimes you write for yourself. That’s reason enough to get it right, do your best job. But sometimes you [...]

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Writing Multiple Drafts Is Not Punishment, It’s How You Get To Great Writing

09.21.2011 Art

OK, I know it’s my problem, but it is a pet peeve. I’ll just lay it out for you. I see too many people who claim to be writers who write once and publish. And the result, for the most part, is unsatisfying. It’s not good enough. Sure, some writers, even I, myself, will occasionally [...]

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Simple Rules For Improving Your Writing: Three

04.20.2011 blogging

The Rule of Three Question: How many times should you read your own work before publishing it? Answer: Three times. Read it after you have completed your first draft and make minor corrections. Wait for one day (or at least a few hours) and read and revise again as needed. Have someone else review and [...]

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Simple Rules For Improving Your Writing: Two

04.19.2011 blogging

The Rule of Two: Writing is a long-distance dance. You, the writer, dance your part alone. You compose and play the music as well. And you imagine your partner, your perfect partner, precisely in sync with your every move. But your partner, the reader, is at a disadvantage: the distance between you both. He or [...]

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