‘Everything old is new again’ – at least in the world of writing. Originality can be hard to come by, and frankly, most of the stories we love best are iterations of the same formula. This doesn’t make us love these kinds of stories any less; it just makes the old storytelling ideas all the more important. Here are three tips to help you iterate on old ideas in your writing:
A ‘writing tic’ is something that you regularly include in your writing, and often use to excess. It can be a partial phrase, or even a particular word used repetitively. We all do this, and often careful editing can catch these ‘writing tics’, but sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, and these tics can creep into our published works. Here are three tips to help you get rid of a writing tic:
I try to write a blog post at least once a week. Some weeks are better than others, but over the last five years of blogging, I have amassed several hundred blog posts. I know some writers do much better than this, but I know a once-a-week blog post is something I can manage, without burning out entirely, and still managing to find plenty of time to write fiction.
When I first started blogging I found myself becoming annoyed at how frequently I felt I had to produce content, and blogging really began to feel like a chore. But as I became more practiced at it, I’ve found a secondary benefit. Here are three ways in which blogging has helped me write fiction:
I’ve written quite a bit about making your writing time work for you. Posts like this, this, this, and this all illustrate the variety of ways in which you can carve more time for writing out of your day.
But not all time is created equal, and in our increasingly distracted lives, sometimes creating better writing time can do more for your writing than just increasing the amount of time you’re writing:
Hello, friends! I am so excited to announce that the Elden Forest Series is now available in print!
Although I published the first novel, Magician’s Mayhem, in 2012, for a variety of reasons I elected not to release print editions. But now, after some changes Amazon has made to their CreateSpace Print on Demand program, and after purchasing a formatting program from Vellum (my newest obsession, which I will discuss in a future post), I am thrilled to announce that print editions are here!