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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2015, 05:07:49 AM »
Don't be afraid to have side projects.

(Really, this is probably the only reason I don't get burnt out, though it also takes me a lot longer to finish things than I might otherwise.)

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2015, 01:59:09 AM »
Don't bore the reader.

Don't confuse the reader.

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2015, 03:30:47 AM »
Your flowery language will only confuse the reader (and yourself), not paint a witty commentary about something.

Yeah, I can make up some of the craziest similes that, at the very least, make sense to myself. Sometimes.
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2015, 05:40:26 AM »
Inertia is your friend, and your enemy.

This is, when you get in the habit of writing, it's easy to keep writing, but when you stop, it can get really hard to get going again.

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2015, 06:57:01 AM »
A reader's plea- Please cut down on adverbs and adjectives, choose one that is perfect.
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2015, 08:44:57 AM »
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2015, 03:24:45 PM »
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

I've been told that having it read to you by someone else is even better. Haven't tried it yet, but I love reading my stuff aloud to check out my prose.
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2015, 03:26:08 PM »
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

I've been told that having it read to you by someone else is even better. Haven't tried it yet, but I love reading my stuff aloud to check out my prose.

I like the "someone else" in addition. When I read it aloud, I do hear the problems; but my audience doesn't. It goes by too fast, and I'm a passionate reader. Would probably help them give better advice if they read aloud.
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2015, 04:01:53 PM »
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

I've been told that having it read to you by someone else is even better. Haven't tried it yet, but I love reading my stuff aloud to check out my prose.

I like the "someone else" in addition. When I read it aloud, I do hear the problems; but my audience doesn't. It goes by too fast, and I'm a passionate reader. Would probably help them give better advice if they read aloud.

Problem is when you go to do some writing in a coffee shop/quiet pub or something and sit there muttering to yourself - "Oh, it's just a crazy writer."
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2015, 04:10:15 PM »
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

I've been told that having it read to you by someone else is even better. Haven't tried it yet, but I love reading my stuff aloud to check out my prose.

I like the "someone else" in addition. When I read it aloud, I do hear the problems; but my audience doesn't. It goes by too fast, and I'm a passionate reader. Would probably help them give better advice if they read aloud.

Problem is when you go to do some writing in a coffee shop/quiet pub or something and sit there muttering to yourself - "Oh, it's just a crazy writer."
:p
Just pretend you're on the phone? :D

I do think it's funny that throughout history, speaking to yourself would be seen as a sign of insanity, whereas nowadays it's almost a status symbol.  :P
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2015, 06:00:55 PM »
Sorry to break this to you, but we still think those people are crazy.  ;)

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2015, 06:36:51 PM »
Sorry to break this to you, but we still think those people are crazy.  ;)
Oh...  :-[
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2015, 07:45:12 PM »
"Hemingway had never been known to use a word that might send the reader to the dictionary."

It wasn't meant as advice in any way, but it should be.

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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2015, 10:25:26 AM »
Write every day and, most importantly, finish what you started.
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Re: One Sentence writing advice
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2015, 11:10:16 AM »
finish what you started.
No! Not that!  :o  Please, oh gods, not that...
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