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3 6410 hours ago
Time for a mini writing update for #startmondaywrite 📝
Last week I hit the 30k word mark in my novel and now there’s been nothing but shiny new ideas floating around in my head 🙃 today I’m going to take some time and just write out those initial ideas so I can get back to my draft! I’m enjoying writing it so far, and I really want to stick to it instead of trying something new like I have in the past!
Big doors swing on little hinges.⠀
Is this familiar or will you take a moment and look at a door? Do you see how small the hinges are? Can you imagine the weight it's carrying?⠀
Just like that, a lot of the big moments in our lives are a combination of the minute ones, the tiny moments of growth, the bloom, the making of smarter and wiser decisions. ⠀
It is very easy and quick for us to talk down to ourselves and even feel disappointed when the big moments haven't happened but can l let you in on a secret? ⠀
Every little decision and choice you make is a build up to your big moment. So applaud yourself, celebrate your growth, this growth is beautiful, this space is welcoming, cheers.
Tag someone to encourage them, to appreciate their journey by letting them know you see them. You never know how this could brighten their day🙏
9 5423 March, 2019
How well do you know your friend? Throw in your analogies in the comments section and the best ones will be uploaded. :)
I’ve considered myself a writer since I was a child, but I’ve only just written consistently within the last year. This picture might be humorous, but it also speaks truth. Until I wrote often I got nothing finished, and I never felt fulfilled creatively. Philip Pullman (the greatest author ever) puts it best - habit finishes more books than inspiration. I finished my only book because of 5 days a week writing, two hours a day. Not everyone can put in two hours a day - I only put that much in for NaNoWriMo - but even 20 minutes a day is better than nothing.
Has anyone else found that their writing improved after sticking to a schedule?
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” ~Brene Brown
5 2122 March, 2019
Ever felt it?
1 20422 March, 2019
The writing retreat is taking a dark turn. I’d just edited this bit: ‘However many times I cleaned, the curled-up corpses of dead flies reappeared as though the cottage was sending out tiny kamikaze fighters to fend us off’ when all these dead fly wings floated down onto my keyboard 😳
I prefer setting intentions
of goodness to
lingering in the dread
of bad things to come
I prefer wearing black
and seeing internal
to wearing colours
and living in darkness
in my mind
I prefer the sound
of Gregorian chanting
to the buzzing hum
of cocktail party small talk
I prefer books
taking words and
to the empty words
of politicians on air waves
I prefer travelling alone
rather than flying
with people I know
I prefer empty churches,
where the wood is infused
with incense and
the smell of melted wax,
where I can perform my own rituals
of love and longing,
to pews filled with people
I prefer life that is messy
with joy and sadness
to the sterile
perfection of Instagram
worthy pictures of life
I kiss you at the park under a tree losing its flowers. We watch a baby eat an apple with both hands and talk about mirrors being liars. We’ll never know what we really look like. We’ve never seen our own ears. I go back to the sun there, the viridescence. That song SWEAR TO GOD playing as your lips found mine on our blanket in the grass, in the heat of a Saturday. The severity of some beauty stuns me. How leaves shimmer and look greener against the bright sky. Petals landing by our faces. That softness. How simple life is at first, how slowly it is lived. With both hands. Your eyes, flashing gold enough to light whole hours. I saw myself in them. Smiling, safe.
I’m so glad I found this.
I write a lot of dialogue in my voice and go back over it during the editing stages to make it more ‘individual’ to that character. I find fixing dialogue to be fun, and would be funny by incorporating a few of these points. -
In real world dialogue I do three of this list; laugh at my own jokes (what can I say - I’m hilarious), repeat words (and entire sentences) when excited, and let my words fizzle away when I realise no one’s listening (Most people don’t find my repeat sentences as hilarious as I do.) I will try to incorporate as many of these quirks into my written dialogue as I can - fingers crossed I don’t overdo it. I can see some of them being frustrating to read if they happened too often.
Any other dialogue tips I should know?
14 1,45612 March, 2019
Varying sentence lengths.
What an excellent piece of writing advice, and something I do not think about. But since reading this post, and some follow up research on sentence variation, I enjoy reworking my paragraphs. From now on; one round of editing will focus on sentence length and variation.
I’ve included a before and after photographs of a paragraph I reworked using this advice (alongside a little general touching up.) Changing sentence lengths caused the paragraph to be more direct, something I want with this story. It’s out of context so may confuse, but I am sure everyone will agree the ‘after’ photograph is the better paragraph.
Does anyone else enjoy reworking and varying their sentences as much as I do?
30 1,3787 March, 2019
Recently I’ve been pouring over writing advice as I’m doing everything in my power to polish up my first manuscript. -
These three titbits of advice, that work together somewhat, I found interesting. This advice won’t apply to everyone. However, they have worked wonders on my drafts so far.
How do you feel about deleting sections of your work during the editing process?
The sixth tip by John Steinbeck’s is great! Every single time I write dialogue I read it aloud, you can always hear clunkiness in it that way. Even better, I get someone else to read it for me - I can see how natural it sounds then. The other five tips are excellent too! What’s your favourite writing tip?