15 Quick Writing Tips !

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Posted by Melissa Donovan on January 26, 2017 on Writing Forward.com  

This list includes a mix of writing tips and some of the tips Melissa thinks are essential.  However, I believe that these are mostly for the beginner writer and can be used as a reminder for the more experienced writer.

 

  1. Read as much as you can (and make sure you read quality writing) and write every day — practice makes perfect.
  2. Acquire some resources: dictionary, thesaurus, style guide, grammar handbook, and books on writing.
  3. Join or start a writers’ group and get feedback on your
  4. Lower your expectations and allow yourself to write badly. It’s better to write crap than to write nothing at all.
  5. Feeling uninspired? Writer’s block is no excuse; find some writing prompts and exercises. Use them.
  6. Do you want to write a novel? Launch a blog? Submit your poetry? Set goals and then get busy reaching them.
  7. Be yourself. You have your own voice; let people hear it.
  8. Don’t compare everything you write to more successful writers. They started somewhere too.
  9. Tell your inner editor to take a vacation. Let yourself write freely and creatively. You can always edit and revise later.
  10. Get organized. All those notes, journals, and all that research! Binders, notebooks, and computer files. Put things in order so you can find what you need when you need it.
  11. Pay attention to your language: word choice and sentence structure is the difference between an award-winning novel and a book that sits on a shelf collecting dust (poetry exercises are great for this).
  12. Know your audience. Write for them using language they understand.
  13. Be creative and take risks. You’ll never know unless you try.
  14. Revise, edit, proofread, and polish everything you write before anyone else sees it!
  15. Show, don’t tell (you knew that was coming).

Do you have any writing tips to add to this list? If so, then leave a comment. And keep writing!

Bannon’s Play Book for Putin..destabilize America for Putin…he said this in 2014.

(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) United States President Donald Trump has not enhanced America’s security by deciding to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely. He also has banned temporarily people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country. The sudden and arbitrary executive order defies logic. While all countries are entitled to enforce their borders, this “extreme […]

via A grave travesty of reason and values — Kopitiam Bot

Three Secrets to Great Storytelling!

Whispering3 SECRETS TO GREAT STORYTELLING as presented on Writer’s Digest. I found this article by Steven James helpful in forming the structure of scenes.  (this is a re-blogging from 2014 but I thought it deserved a revival now, because it is simple, straightforward, and to the point.)

As a novelist and writing instructor, I’ve noticed that three of the most vital aspects of story craft are left out of many writing books and workshops. Even bestselling novelists stumble over them – Steven James But they’re not difficult to grasp. In fact, they’re easy.And if you master these simple principles for shaping great stories, your writing will be transformed forever. Honest. Here’s how to write a story.

Secret #1: 
CAUSE AND EFFECT ARE KING.

Everything in a story must be caused by the action or event that precedes it.  As a fiction writer, you want your reader to always be emotionally present in the story. But when readers are forced to guess why something happened (or didn’t happen), even for just a split second, it causes them to intellectually disengage and distances them from the story. Rather than remaining present alongside the characters, they’ll begin to analyze or question the progression of the plot. And you definitely don’t want that. When a reader tells you that he couldn’t put a book down, often it’s because everything in the story followed logically. Stories that move forward naturally, cause to effect, keep the reader engrossed and flipping pages. If you fail to do this, it can confuse readers, kill the pace and telegraph your weaknesses as a writer.

Secret #2: 
IF IT’S NOT BELIEVABLE, IT DOESN’T BELONG.  

The narrative world is also shattered when an action, even if it’s impossible, becomes unbelievable. In writing circles it’s common to speak about the suspension of disbelief, but that phrase bothers me because it seems to imply that the reader approaches the story wanting to disbelieve and that she needs to somehow set that attitude aside in order to engage with the story. But precisely the opposite is true. Readers approach stories wanting to believe them. Readers have both the intention and desire to enter a story in which everything that happens, within the narrative world that governs that story, is believable. As writers, then, our goal isn’t to convince the reader to suspend her disbelief, but rather to give her what she wants by continually sustaining her belief in the story. The distinction isn’t just a matter of semantics; it’s a matter of understanding the mindset and expectations of your readers. Readers want to immerse themselves in deep belief. We need to respect them enough to keep that belief alive throughout the story.

Secret #3: 

IT’S ALL ABOUT ESCALATION.  

At the heart of story is tension, and at the heart of tension is unmet desire. At its core, a story is about a character who wants something but cannot get it. As soon as he gets it, the story is over. So, when you resolve a problem, it must always be within the context of an even greater plot escalation. As part of the novel-writing intensives that I teach, I review and critique participants’ manuscripts. Often I find that aspiring authors have listened to the advice of so many writing books and included an engaging “hook” at the beginning of their story. This is usually a good idea; however, all too often the writer is then forced to spend the following pages dumping in background to explain the context of the hook.

IN CONCLUSION

By consistently driving your story forward through action that follows naturally, characters who act believably, and tension that mounts exponentially, you’ll keep readers flipping pages and panting for more of your work.

 

A Clarifying Moment in American History by Eliot A. Cohen

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Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS; former Counselor of the Department of State. column . Latest book is (2017).

Professor Cohen writes with cogent intellect and extraordinary experience. This is a not to be missed article from The Atlantic.

Here is a short excerpt:  There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/a-clarifying-moment-in-american-history/514868/?utm_source=fbb

 

The Intuitive mind

Here are a few tips and points that may help you when the time comes. Pause and reflect: Many people like to prepare and plan, and some like to be fast and respond to situations immediately. This can sometimes work both ways. Both traits are good to have but when you want to make a […]

via How to Make Rational Decisions While Keeping Your Mind Clear — Review Tales – A Personal & Sincere Review On Books Read

Steve Bannon’s Idea for America: Eurasianism

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Today, President Trump reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They will only be invited to sit at the table when Steve Bannon deems it necessary.

Erasmus, www.economist.com, writes” It’s a fair bet that America’s [president-elect] doesn’t spend too much time on Russian philosophers, but somebody close to him is certainly aware of Alexander Dugin. That is, Trump’s campaign manager Stephen Bannon (pictured). Answering questions at a conference in 2014, [Bannon] expounded on Russia’s leadership, its intellectual origins and on why some people in the West might find those origins worth exploring. Thinking aloud rather than in full or coherent sentences, Bannon said:

“…Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser [Alexander Dugin] who harkens back to Julius Evola [Fascist] and different writers of the 20th century who are really supporters of the traditionalist movement which…… eventually metastasized into Italian fascism…We, the Judeo-Christian West, really have to look at what [Putin] is talking about as far as traditionalism goes, particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism…”

Robert Zubrin, writes, www.standard.com, Alexander Dugin is an exponent of “Eurasian” geopolitical thought which dreams of a great Slavic-Turkic land empire under Moscow’s command, he saw his influence soar during the early months of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014.  Along with some figures on the nationalist fringe of Russian Orthodox church, he gave moral support to the leaders of the Russian-backed rebellion against the government of Ukraine. Dugin sometimes describes his credo as Orthodox Eurasianism, but he is not much interested in Christian theology as such: more in Orthodoxy as a mark of distinction from the West.

K.D. Dowdall, writes, “Julius Evola, one of Steve Bannon’s favorite philosophers and  esotericist,  was an Italian guru, Neo-Nazi Fascist, of the far right who also drew on a strange “traditionalist” view of wisdom in many ancient and elaborate faiths and loathes secular modernity.” According to one scholar, “Evola’s thought can be considered one of the most radically and consistently antiegalitarian, antiliberal, antidemocratic, and antipopular systems in the twentieth century.” Many of Evola’s theories and writings were centered on his idiosyncratic mysticism. Evola’s work was influential on fascists and neo-fascists.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Evola

Putin, Dugin, and Bannon denounce liberal and secular humanism in the name of the Judeo-Christian Western world and believe that their definition of Traditionalism is “a return to the traditionalism of the Middle Ages, as written by Julius Evola” or in other words— eliminating the America we know: our American Democracy.

Referencing the following articles:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2016/11/america-russia-and-new-right

http://www.weeklystandard.com/putins-rasputin-endorses-trump/article/2001344

https://thinkprogress.org/putins-rasputin-has-lauded-donald-trump-as-a-sensation-8de320369bc1#.kwu6hcq8a