Writing Tips With a Seasonal Theme

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Read

Write

Blue

With VE Day, in the beginning of May, and Memorial Day at the end of May, crimson, white, and blue are the colors of May. They can guide you on your writing as well.

Read… What have you read recently? If you’re trying to write, it’s sensible to read. In the words of Stephen King:”If you do not have enough time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Read inside your genre to discover what makes it tick. Read the classics to discover what generates staying power. Read widely and read frequently. You may write historical fiction, but scifi could still teach you an interesting lesson about effective dialogue. Or, you might write spy thrillers, but reading a romance could help you learn about the principles of nonverbal communication.

Write… Write, even if it’s a paragraph. Once you write something, the rest will follow. In the words of Chinese philosophy,”A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

How does this apply? Write something that is true. Am I suggesting that you simply write nonfiction? But, research and writing wisdom have demonstrated that if you can insert truth into your writing, the reader will be able to connect better. In the words of Ernest Hemingway:”All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

If you keep things too vague or general, it is more challenging to establish a connection. If, however, you become more specific, your readers will have something to hold onto. Yes, they probably never fought in battle in WWII or painted a Renaissance portrait, but they might very well understand the smell of wood smoke on a winter’s day or the crunch of leaves when walking through the woods. And, obviously, if you also write historical fiction like I do, your writing will require much research and truth.

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