As I'm editing, and also as I'm getting feedback from others, I've noticed three words that getting rid of significantly improves my writing. Here they are.
Getting back into the grind of writing is difficult for me when I've traveled somewhere that has put my emotional headspace to different use.
I joined a weekly writing group, and it was the best decision I've made all year.
Every writer knows that as soon as you sit down to write, focus tries to allude you. Some days it's easier than others to hang onto, but here are four things I avoid when I write.
I went to university in Scotland, and over there they do classes differently. Preparedness is valued, and if you aren't prepared, you receive judgmental glares from a disappointed lecturer who then marks down your paper. Uni exhausted me, but I did learn my lesson.
Sometimes when I'm writing, I notice that I'm saying the same thing over and over. It's not fun to read. Then I feel like a failure and a crappy writer that no one will ever like or want to publish. So I've come up with a simple method to help.
I am not a morning person. Mornings are a nice concept, but I don't have to experience them to know they happen. When I started writing, I realized that mornings were a huge part of my day.
A moment of sunlight streaming through the mountains. Taken in Glacier National Park, one of the prettiest places I've been on earth.
This might be sort of silly, but I love mugs. I made a rule for myself to curb the habit. I don’t buy mugs unless they give me inspiration. It’s turned into a writing exercise that helps me improve my writing.