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Ten writing tips you won't often hear

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10
writing
tips you
won’t
often
hear
TIP 1
STOP WATCHING
REALITY TV
Reality TV affirms the every man can be a
hero.
Strong stories centre around the
reluctant hero.
You simply don’t get the same tension of
a person being pushed by circumstance
when they’ve lined up for 3 days to
participate.
Your writing needs tension, not
producers and zany antics.
REALITY
TIP 2
SHALLOW PEOPLE
WRITE SHALLOW
THINGS
No one is going to take your perspective
seriously if you live in a bubble,
especially if that bubble is wallowing in
your own crapulence.
Yes there are universal experiences in
writing, but perpetuating boredom, the
grotesquely self serving, or the generally
inane moments of life should not be one
of them.
TIP 3
WRITING IS NOT
A SPELLING
BEE
When people talk, they express emotion
and get the point across. The words
paint a picture.
They don’t use proper grammar or get
awards from the English teacher.
You don’t give a damn about diction and
sentence construction when your arse is
on the line. So why should you
characters?
TIP 4
READ TRUE
CRIME
There’s no better place to see human
beings and their motivations than in
crime.
From the abnormal personalities to the
irrational behaviour, the selfless acts up
against the selfish satisfaction, crime is
the great distillation of what is wrong
with humanity.
Understand people at their worst and
the rest will be a piece of cake.
TIP 5
APPRECIATE
CRITICISM
Surrounding yourself with ‘yes men’ will
only service your ego. Stop chasing the
spotlight!
Chase what is readable. Not what your
ego can handle cutting.
If someone tells you your stuff sucks like
an Electrolux, listen to them.

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Ten writing tips you won't often hear

  • 2. TIP 1 STOP WATCHING REALITY TV Reality TV affirms the every man can be a hero. Strong stories centre around the reluctant hero. You simply don’t get the same tension of a person being pushed by circumstance when they’ve lined up for 3 days to participate. Your writing needs tension, not producers and zany antics. REALITY
  • 3. TIP 2 SHALLOW PEOPLE WRITE SHALLOW THINGS No one is going to take your perspective seriously if you live in a bubble, especially if that bubble is wallowing in your own crapulence. Yes there are universal experiences in writing, but perpetuating boredom, the grotesquely self serving, or the generally inane moments of life should not be one of them.
  • 4. TIP 3 WRITING IS NOT A SPELLING BEE When people talk, they express emotion and get the point across. The words paint a picture. They don’t use proper grammar or get awards from the English teacher. You don’t give a damn about diction and sentence construction when your arse is on the line. So why should you characters?
  • 5. TIP 4 READ TRUE CRIME There’s no better place to see human beings and their motivations than in crime. From the abnormal personalities to the irrational behaviour, the selfless acts up against the selfish satisfaction, crime is the great distillation of what is wrong with humanity. Understand people at their worst and the rest will be a piece of cake.
  • 6. TIP 5 APPRECIATE CRITICISM Surrounding yourself with ‘yes men’ will only service your ego. Stop chasing the spotlight! Chase what is readable. Not what your ego can handle cutting. If someone tells you your stuff sucks like an Electrolux, listen to them.
  • 7. TIP 6 BURN THE RULE BOOK There’s a big difference between knowing what to do and following the rules. Rule followers take comfort in knowing where the lines are drawn and the safety of following them provides. That’s boring. Create the breakthrough. Not the box ticker.
  • 8. TIP 7 WRITE IN ALTERED STATES You don’t have to be Hunter S. Thompson to understand altered states. Changing scenario, taking up a new form of exercise, suffering from jetlag, being hungry or any spectrum of emotional response will influence your perception. Use these moments when you are outside of your comfort zone or outside of yourself to stretch your work.
  • 9. TIP 8 READ CHALLENGING STUFF Pick the stuff that doesn’t match your ethical ideas. Challenge yourself to deeply understand the way another person thinks. Have a friend that has different views to you who can articulate a sentence. See the faults in the arguments and the writing and learn from the holes in it.
  • 10. TIP 9 STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE You can always tweak the structure later but if the story is boring, you're boned. The only exception is rhyme. ACTUALLY make it rhyme. Near enough is in either case is bullshit.
  • 11. TIP 10 SITUATIONAL INFLUENCE IS WHERE ITS AT People and characters are designed to buckle under the strain or come through in difficult situations. If you create an “evil dude” with no situation, you’ve got nothing. If you put an every day dude in a bad situation, that’s writing.
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