Writing Tip & Prompt: Slow down

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 – Slow down

There is a common saying, “Haste makes waste.” Many writers try so hard to finish a paragraph or chapter that they inadvertently leave gaps in argumentation or plotlines. Don’t be afraid of devoting the time necessary to really explore all the details of your story. Be sure to reread your manuscript and have a friend read it, so you can fill in those holes and publish a best seller!

Writing Prompt – Connect the Details

Consider one seemingly mundane detail about your day and position it next to an intense moment in your life. For example, perhaps you enjoyed your morning cup of coffee while watching the falling snow. Now combine this detail with something more intense, such as the death of a loved one or losing a previous job. Begin a story that links the small detail you chose with the larger, intense story of your life. Does the falling snow represent something bigger than itself? Could your detail offer comfort or confrontation that the normal grieving process could not?


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