Saturday, March 19, 2016

Day 19, Saturday, March 19th


You’ve probably heard the do’s and don’t’s that are fashionable this decade: Don’t use adverbs. Don’t use adjectives. Don’t use varied dialogue tags, use “said” only, or nothing at all. Prologues are out. Never begin a story with someone waking up. Don’t use clichés.  Etc. etc.

Guess what? It’s your language, too. You can season your writing with whatever salty, peppery, spicy, savory, sweet, creamy, crunchy, sour, toasty, or crispy words you want. Just don’t over do it.

There are no forbidden ingredients. Use what it takes to make your story delicious Just season judiciously, and taste often. It’s the new and unusual combinations that are the biggest hits! 

Creativity Kick-Starter


Here is the part where I give you permission to play on in the Internet. Today, have some fun doing research for your WIP. Make a board on Pinterest for you story. Then go crazy adding things to it. Look for floor plans, costumes, and hairstyles. Create boards for motivational quotes and writing help. Keep them secret or share them so others can learn from your hard work.

Writing Sprint
It's the Name Game
(Based on just the names given describe the characters and their story)

Chaim Rosenthal & Ruth Bernstein

Let's get the mojo going. 
Set your timer for 15 minutes 
and write fast & furious. 
- PJ Switzer

Ready. Set. Go!

Share your sprint on our Tumblr page:

Productivity Pointers

See, I used this picture because the veggies have
been broken down into smaller parts. Get it?
Sometimes you have to break big projects into several little projects. For instance, if you say “I have to clean the whole house tomorrow.” You start feel overwhelmed. After all you live in a pretty big house and it’s a total mess, by the way. You should just give up now and learn to like filth.

But if you say, “ I’m going wash the dishes right now.” Then when that task is done you say, “I’m going to fold and put away the laundry.” You’ll find that you accomplish more and keep your blood pressure at a reasonable level.

Likewise as you work on a writing project you have to break it into smaller parts. I mean you’re not going to write a 70,000 word novel in a day. Right? Right? Seriously, no one ever did that, did they?

How about something different. Try a podcast like "Writing Excuses" hosted by Brandon Sanderson.

Return & Report


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