The Three Types of Writing Advice

It is a truism that a wise person is someone who seeks out the advice of others. This holds true for many areas but particularly in writing. Writing is a complicated venture and for the most part each writer has to undertake the journey alone. oakley femme Air Jordan 1 (I) I have identified three layers of writing advice, each with its own focus and each with its own objectives. legend zen for sale asics gel nimbus

  1. Drafting Advice. This is the nitty gritty of writing. The grindstone upon which the writer has to submit. Air Zoom Pegasus 33 In my mind this is the lowest, but most crucial, area of writing. Maglie Los Angeles Lakers It is the wide foundation that is based mostly in the world of simply conveying the ideas through words. Adidas Superstar Femme Blanche A lot of this type of advice is accomplished in a composition course. The Elements of Style, and pretty much any grammar book, will teach you the rules and rhythms of the English language. But reading a lot of fiction will subconsciously teach you the subtle and interwoven tricks of writing effectively and evocatively. oakley homme pas cher Whether it is in corporate memos or urban fantasy novellas, having a grasp on the rhythm of language goes into every form of writing.
  2. Craft of Storytelling Advice. As we enter the second layer of writing advice, the pyramid narrows and the advice becomes more cerebral. asics gel noosa tri Say goodbye to your muggle friends, this is only the place for creative writers. As the muggles leave the self proclaimed “artists” arrive. That is the first advice I have to give, there is a lot of writing advice that is more pseudo-philosophical than really any practical help. New Balance femme Virginia Tech Hokies Jerseys I would be the last to deny that writing is an art form, but to mystify the process of writing is not the way to help a struggling writer get better at their craft. mu legend power leveling Telling a writer that what they do is equivalent to Homer and Virgil is not very practical or helpful in any way. asics tiger So my advice is to be to be picky when it comes to books on writing advice. If a book does not immediately speak to you and your concerns in a practical and substantive way then drop it and move on. new balance 997.5 Some great books that I have read on the craft of writing are The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder (although it is directed at screenwriting the advice is applicable to prose writing), and Plot by Ansen Dibell,.
  3. Motivation Advice. The third layer of advice, and the one that to me forms the peak of the pyramid, is about motivation and lifestyle. Creative writing is a very arduous undertaking. air jordan 6 AIR ZOOM ELITE 9
  4. The only people that think writing is easy or fluff work are people that don’t write. nike air max 2016 goedkoop When people do “serious work” they do not consistently bleed their emotions onto a blank slate. That is only where the fluff work begins, because the next step is to beat the living hell out of your own creation as you revise your work. Writing actually takes a lot more courage than most people would believe. nike blazer pas cher Also this is the layer of advice that is most susceptible to the armchair guru. We have entered into true self-help territory so keep your wits about you.

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