I wanting to title this post “Writing Tips from Wrad” or “Riting tips from Rad”, but I’m pretty sure Katey would die from my use of terrible puns. On the other hand, I anticipate Sandra would have been quite amused. I digress.
I’ve been working on some writing lately- writing that requires feedback- and it has been an arduous journey. It feels so vulnerable… having people critique your work.
At Violet Fog, we promise to put out deliberate content- not fluff. We don’t post just to post, but rather we post when we have something to say.
Here are a few nuggets of knowledge I’ve collected over the few months.
1. When you know an idea is good, draft it out before you show someone- don’t just talk about the idea. When you talk about a half-baked idea hypothetically, it’s more likely people will shut it down. You’ll second guess yourself and abandon it.
2. Along the same lines, outlines aren’t for peer review. Outlines are great for drafting your thoughts, but they’re terrible for getting feedback. They don’t embody emotion.
3. Solve writer’s block with inspiration. It’s so hard to write when you’re uninspired and it comes across in your writing. Good sources for inspiration are books, articles, maybe even a Ted Talk.
4. Ask yourself: would I want to read my own writing? If the answer is no, go back to the drawing board. There is soooo much garbage out there. Don’t add to the landfill.
5. When you have a brilliant story idea, start writing as soon as you can. If you jot it down and come back to it, the chances are that you’re going to think it’s dumb later.
6. It’s always easier to edit someone else’s work than it is to edit your own. Keep that in mind when you give and receive feedback.
7. All feedback is not good feedback. Pick and choose what enhances your piece.
8. Stand up for your voice. Don’t change things that take away from what you are.
Getting feedback is not easy, but it definitely makes for better content. Do you guys have any writing tips? I always struggle between writing passionately versus writing efficiently. Let me know!