On Fridays we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.
Writing Tip – Careful Revisions
The excitement of finishing your manuscript can lead to a hasty proofreading session. If you are the one editing your work, you need to give it time to breathe before editing. This means putting your work to the side for a few days so that you edit it with fresh eyes. Sometimes, after working on a manuscript for a period of time, your eyes can become blind to simple mistakes such as repeated words or the use of the wrong homophone. Having another writer, or even a friend, edit your work is always a good option to consider. They are looking at your manuscript with fresh eyes and are more likely to notice mistakes that your eyes might gloss over.
Writing Prompt – Everyone has a Story
Underneath even an uneventful life are details that strike the core of humanity —layers of lessons unearthed and shared from people to people. Have you written your story? Still think there isn’t a story to be told? Okay, come up with 10 good reasons you should write your life’s story, and 10 good reasons why you shouldn’t. You just might discover that you have more to reasons you should then you first thought. Would you make your life story a memoir, or a fiction novel based on your life?