Little writing secrets

Life with Ehlers-Danlos is funny. One moment you’re fine. The next, you discover you subluxed a shoulder but didn’t notice until it got inflamed, and then you’re screwed, of course. You end up with your arm in a sling, unable to use it for a week!

When you’re a writer, having your arm in a sling is pretty unpractical. Typing one-handed is like a torture session: slow and painful. But all is well now, and I’m writing again.

In fact, I’ve been doing so much writing, I forgot all about my blog. Sorry!

To make it up to you, I’ll share some of my little writing secrets with you.

Be yourself. I feel you shouldn’t go out of your way to write like a real writer (whatever that may be). Just use your own voice, and say things the way you’d say them when you’re talking to a friend. Then clean up your grammar. It’s easy, really – but many new writers overlook this simple fact.

Poetry. Or music. Call it whatever you wish to call it, but it needs to be in your writing. Yes, in your prose too. There has to be a certain beat, a cadence, to your writing or it won’t flow. You don’t want your readers to stumble over your words.

Rhyme. No, it’s not a dirty word but you have to know how to use it. Sparingly, and naturally. You want to make your rhymes sound like they were meant to be. Like you put in no effort at all to get them there. And yes, this too goes for both poetry and prose.

Picture it. You don’t want to describe your settings, but you do want to paint a picture in your reader’s mind. You are the artist. Learn how to use your tools and then use them. Sprinkle your details throughout the story. Little by little.

Rules. Know the rules. You cannot write unless you know the rules – and you should stick to them. Most of the time. But once you’ve mastered the rules, you can break them. Sparingly.

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About Liam

Poet, writer, aspiring minimalist
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