Posts filed under ‘Tips for Beginning Writers series’

Dec 09 2015
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Tips for beginning writers: Word economy, or using five words instead of seven

Tips for beginning writers: Word economy, or using five words instead of seven

One of the earliest pieces of advice a writing instructor gave me concerned my love of adjectives and adverbs. Pare this down a little, she said. I’m being descriptive! I defended myself. Writers should describe, right? We should paint a scene, give as many details as possible, right? Wrong, she said. Use five words instead of seven. OK, so we should absolutely strive to paint a scene and offer details in our writing. But there’s…

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Oct 08 2015
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Tips for Beginning Writers: Start your literary community with a one-on-one writing exchange

Tips for Beginning Writers: Start your literary community with a one-on-one writing exchange

  In previous posts in this Tips for Beginning Writers series, I’ve focused on knowing the literary market and developing a writing routine. Next, I want to talk about the idea of community. It’s a word I use a lot, and I have a very clear idea of what it means to me; but it occurs to me that a beginning writer might not visualize “community” the way I do, let alone know how to…

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Sep 10 2015
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Tips for Beginning Writers: Developing a writing routine

Tips for Beginning Writers: Developing a writing routine

Maybe you aren’t a routine kind of person. Some of us are; some of us aren’t. But I’m guessing that if you’re reading a blog post about writing tips, you’re open to suggestion. Because there are precious few writers out there who can subsist solely from practicing their craft, most of us tend to fit writing in where we can, between paying jobs, managing households, raising children, and engaging within our communities. As such, don’t…

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Aug 28 2015
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Tips for Beginning Writers: Knowing the literary market

Tips for Beginning Writers: Knowing the literary market

The web is rife with articles of the “tips for writers” variety. I’ve written them, and I regularly read them. Sometimes, they all start to sound alike. It’s not that it isn’t good advice. I tried to give good advice in this post for the Center last fall, too—the first post I ever wrote for the Center blog. But after a while, “read widely” and “revise often” can start to sound like mere buzz words—especially…

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