Training Preparation One of my favorite websites is Brain Pickings. The site is a treasure trove of thought-provoking advice from some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Brain Pickings does a particularly good job of collecting writing advice from influential authors, which we can apply to create effective compliance training. I've assembled a collection of my favorites below.
For this post, I decided to wade in and see what I could find. I trawled Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. We should submerge ourselves in reading—read often and widely, particularly the works of celebrated authors and works beyond our own genre preferences.
We need to actually write, write regularly, finish writing that piece, and submit our work for publication. Here are few great variations on a theme: There are a million talented writers out there who are unpublished only because they stop writing when it gets hard.
Then rinse and repeat. Consequently there must be some little quality of fierceness until the habit pattern of a certain number of words is established. Apply with Caution People say to write about what you know. Here are four exemplary writing rules many of us have encountered at one point: To this list, Kowal adds uninteresting action, that is showing every move a character makes regardless of its relevance instead of summarizing and again achieving the same result.
Having delved into this topic, two things became clear. First, such advice is most often proffered toward beginner writers, something which both Neff and Defreitas acknowledge. Less experienced writers, still learning how to make their writing flow, tend toward verbosity.
Personal Preferences, Specific Information, and Context Yet, some writing advice resists categorization, especially when presented outside its original context. For example, several quotes by Elmore Leonard surfaced in my research, some of which other writers found objectionable.
And most of those rules include successful exceptions albeit from other authors. Then there are writers whose advice seem to lack mooring without context: When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
Do not use semicolons.
They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. I suppose it serves more as a literary life saver than an advisable course of action.
While his outlandish metaphor may leave one reeling, his advice reduces to a dislike of semicolons. Avoiding semicolons, however, is a stylistic preference not a rule!
Again, once the context is understood, the writer can decide whether the advice offered is applicable. And the Rest Depends on the Recipient Remember: When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
We must think carefully and choose wisely for ourselves. Share it in the comment section below. The Goodreads quotation page is in my reference list. And if you want to write, sooner or later you must put words on a page. McCarthy also dislikes exclamation marks.
The Daily Beast Company, 21 Nov. Guardian News and Media, 21 Feb. Telegraph Media Group, 12 June The New York Times, 15 July This is a great compendium and commentary on writing tips! I love this from Anne Lamott, from her book Bird by Bird and quoted on the Brainpickings website: ‘To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care.
Writing Tips: Abolish the Adverbs.
by Melissa Donovan | May 10, | Writing Tips I have often thought that the best writing advice is the header to Strunk and White’s Element #13, “Omit needless words.” I had the rule pounded into my brain so much that as soon as my fingers type “ly” they move to the “backspace” key. An. The problem is that excessive use of adverbs often reflects untidy thinking and writing.
We all develop conversational nuances that are unnecessary in the written world. My first drafts have lots of auxiliary verbs and verb constructs that, in the attempt to achieve a precision of expression, take too many words.
Writing Advice: Solid Suggestions, Contradictions, and Context Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.—Lev Grossman Advice has something in common with Schrödinger’s cat: until it’s examined, its status is unknown.
Brain Pickings remains free Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. Labors of Love Famous Writers' Sleep Habits vs.
Literary Productivity, Visualized 7 Life-Learnings from 7 Years of Brain Pickings, Illustrated Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs. JumpStart Jars Once upon a time there was a writer who was struggling with a project.
In order to inspire his thoughts, and inject some creativity into his work, he devised a strategy: create a series of random words and phrases, pick one, then write about whatever came to mind.