Writing Tip — 11

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If you are planning on writing a novel, do some exercises to warm up. Write interviews with the characters in your book. This will allow you to get to know them better. They can be as short or as long as you want them to be. Heck, why not have one of your characters interview you? Work on an outline, write up brief biographies of your characters; whatever you need to do, get the words down.

If you don’t write every day, what’s the point? You need to develop the habit of writing if you want to make progress in your chosen life path. After all, practice makes perfect. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we write. Remember, once you get something written, you need to edit it and probably revise what you wrote; but that’s part and parcel of being a writer.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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2 Responses to Writing Tip — 11

  1. It isn’t just practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice. Spending time every day churning out poor writing just to put words on the page won’t make anyone a better writer. In fact, doing the wrong things over and over will have a detrimental effect.

    “If you don’t write every day, what’s the point?”

    I know one writer who only spends two or three months out of the year working on his novels, but his “daily average” word count is still 500-1000 because he writes several thousand words a day WHEN he has something to write about. Once he has a novel written, it needs only a single pass of editing, and it’s DONE. This, to me, seems like a far more efficient use of time than flapping one’s fingers at a keyboard every single day without fail and having nothing useful to show for it except perhaps an increased typing speed.

    “Write every day” is sometimes harmful advice. I know it’s intended to encourage a good habit, but it isn’t how some people’s brains work, and for some, writing every day is physically impossible.

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