Writing Tip!

Here's a TIP!



Yes, I know, boring, you've heard it all before but it's not that easy is it? Writing is hard work.

Or rather, writing is easy but it's harder to KEEP WRITING.

Did you know that the most common complaint from Publishers and Editors is not that your work has too many grammar, spelling, typos or dangling modifiers? It's simply they are not receiving enough writing from their clients. Put simply,

"You don't write enough!"

Publishers want completed work. If the story/work's good enough they'll deal with the grammar, punctuation and spelling but they need something to work with first.

A lot of writers say "It's too hard to write" or "I don't seem to find the time" (BS!). Writing itself is not the issue here. It is writing consistently enough to finish something - THAT is what most writers struggle with. Writing like anything else takes effort - Consistent, Continual and NON-STOP effort.

So if you are not writing often then you are not going to get published. So, WRITE!

Now, I need to go take my own advice!

I hope you got something from today's Tip.

Keep Writing!

And write me and let me know how you are going.

From One Liners to First Liners...


Astonishingly, the "one-liner" of a joke gets people to laugh. The "first-liner" is meant to get a reader to buy a book through using wittism, intrigue or other method.

In writing a novel or a short story the first line is so important because if a person doesn't get catapulted out of a fast moving vehicle, thrown upon the pavement, beaten about the face, body and bleeding thrown into an Ambulance by your writing in the first four words, or the first ten seconds when scrolling on the internet, it is unlikely they will keep reading.

The first line in a book may have up to 15 seconds or fifty words to make that same impact. If lucky!

In, Going For Broke, Paul Barry wrote:

"Alan Bond is lucky he didn't go bust 150 years ago, because creditors in those days had the right to lock debtors in jail and throw away the key."

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien wrote,

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit".

But, it's really the second line that acts like the first line when it says,

"Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, shady hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

Jean M. Auel's, Clan of the Cave Bear, has an opening line,

"The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend in the small river."

In the most interesting story of, Life is So Good by Richard Glaubman,

"Wanting to enjoy every moment, I stared at the hard candies in the different wooden barrels." is an intriguing first liner.

Then you look at something like John Stanley's "Setting Up Shop" which guides you through the experience of opening your own retailing business. The opening line in chapter one says,

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics you are about to enter an AU$17898 billion-dollar industry that has been growing at a rate of 0.5 per cent a year."

Another interesting first liner is Sue Ebury's in the life story of Sir Edward Dunlop entitled, "Weary" Sue Ebury starts the 641 page biography with,

"When Weary Dunlop emerged from his 'long dark night of captivity' in the prison camps on the Burma-Siam Railway in August 1945, he carried with him a tattered packet of papers."

All first-liners are carefully and masterfully designed to get the reader to read on, purchase and hopefully give the writer enough money to buy their next meal.

When you write, take the time to think about that vital first line.

Let me know how you're traveling, or if you've taken your first trip in an ambulance.

Write What You Know - Or Make Stuff Up!

How many times have you heard this old adage?

What a crappy thing to tell writers...
Everything You Need: A NovelIt's even been quoted here in the days of lesser knowledge. The days before reading the works of A L Kennedy (Alison, please change the colors on your website - it's so darn hard to read!) A L Kennedy is a Scottish Writer and Stand-up Comedian who has won many prizes for her works. Check out her novels at Amazon. 

"Write what you know" is an overused and restrictive piece of advice that doesn't do anything to help writers evolve.

If you find you're writing "what you know" and you don't have any fun then forget it! Write what interests you with passion and emotion. Write about things that are important for you to write about.

If it's boring, dump it!

Use your imagination and don't be afraid to express your thoughts openly and honestly. People are sick of reading the same old guff. People want to hear about unusual or different things that happen to other people. If you resist sharing because you thought you were not qualified to write about it - just dump that thought right now and get writing.

Day (Vintage Contemporaries)And a BIG,
HUGE THANK YOU to A L Kennedy It's like you gave permission to freely use imagination and as you say, "Make things up because it's easier".
If you want to hear A L Kennedy's advice for yourself, click here, (it may take quite some time to load) BUT, you'll be amazed! Love when she takes you through her writing space and so much more...