[Writing Tip #7] You Aren’t What You Write

[Writing Tip #7] You Aren’t What You Write

Writing Tip 7 is the most controversial and maybe the most powerful tip. So when you’re through arguing with it and you embrace it, you’ll find that you and your students are going to be able to write with much more freedom and clarity. It works like this:...
[Writing Tip #8] The Words Create The Thought

[Writing Tip #8] The Words Create The Thought

This principle is mildly complicated. As far as I know, it’s probably the only original thing that I’ve stumbled on in my learning of writing over the years, except maybe my tip about spelling. This tip is a little unique; I know because in other books...
[Writing Tip #9] You Just Make It Up

[Writing Tip #9] You Just Make It Up

Writing Tip 9 is this: you just make it up. That’s the amazing thing about writing. You just make it up. Most art is that way. If you’re caught trying to write the right thing, or think it’s out there and you’ve got to write it down from some...
[Writing Tip #10] Creating A World

[Writing Tip #10] Creating A World

Writing Tip 10 is a bit of an observation, but it changes the way you approach writing. This is what art is really about. This is the tip: effective writing is about creating a whole other world. So, if you’re writing a particular type of fiction, but it’s...
[Writing Tip #11] Stretch The Rubber Band

[Writing Tip #11] Stretch The Rubber Band

Writing Tip 11 is a little more complicated than the others, but it’s really quite cool. It’s simply this: the greatest key to effective writing is tension seeks resolution. You don’t want to write stories where your readers can easily guess or know what’s going...
[Writing Tip #12] Write In Your Own Voice

[Writing Tip #12] Write In Your Own Voice

Writing Tip 12: effective writing flows from using your own voice. I don’t know if anything is more important. We don’t need more sound-alikes in this world—we need unique people. Maybe you don’t like your voice, which is okay, you can work on it....