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A secret tip to writing

Discussion in 'Readers & Writers Hangout' started by Floris, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    First off, I am not a writer, I just write. I do this for code, scripts, storyboarding, brainstorming, and yes, for actual short and long stories. And 90% of it I never share with others. I do it for me. It's how I keep my brain active, keep my life for myself interesting, and I am perfectly fine with that. (Sorry!)

    But one thing I have learned over time is something I feel I can share with you guys and girls. A secret tip so to speak. Maybe it's worth something to you. If it is, let me know! Post to this thread and come discuss it with us.

    Just write, and then let it go.
    Ignore it, forget about it. And come back to it later.

    Later as in, .. a day later, a few months later. Heck, leave it alone for a year.

    This will let you see it with a fresh pair of eyes, it will give you perspective. And it will tell you what you wrote has weight, if it passes the test of time. Is it still worth something or already obsolete?

    If it did not pass the test of time, don't throw it out. No, keep it. Focus on something else for a while.. first. Then come back to it, and repurpose it if you can. Or yeah sure, maybe then throw it out.

    If it however does pass the test of time. You can read through it, make adjustments, and update it to make it more fun, more rich, and more modern. Do some research, learn a few new things and update your text. Before publishing.

    But that's it, the secret tip: Write it, leave it alone for a while, and see if it still works a month or a year later.

    Got any tips yourself, please join the discussion.
     
  2. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu OMG Member

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    Heh, that's not really a secret. All writers do this. We write our first draft, then shove it in a drawer for a week/month/longer and move on to something else. Then after enough time has passed we'll get it back out and read it again and start editing.
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    It's more aimed at those who would love to write, get started, and wonder why they can't make any progress or feel like they're stuck.
     
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