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 – Simplicity
The simplest explanation is most often the correct one. Try not to over think your characters, plot or themes within your work, especially during a first draft. Overthinking can often lead to mental blocks and disruptions that can spell disaster for your writing project. Push forward and use whatever situation, feeling or plot device that seems natural to you. The lack of hesitation will come in your prose, and remember, you always have the opportunity to return to previous sections and think critically after you have a significant number of pages.
Writing Prompt – Memory
Memory is a mysterious thing, releasing vivid feeling and events into our consciousness. The trick is finding a way to pull memories out. Visit your local grocery store and purchase something that you haven’t eaten in ages, perhaps since you were a child. Then, with pen in hand, taste and remember. Recall all the memories associated with this treat. Why did you like it? Who did you eat it with? Where there any “rituals” were involved? What did you have to do to get this item? Indulge your senses and remember.