Highlights from 36 Writing Tips

5 – Stop writing when you’re on a roll.

This is a tactic I frequently employ in design; whether settling on a dress pattern to sew, or on an interior-design floor plan for never-to-exist buildings, I find that I look forward to creating again if when I finally experience a stroke of mental genius, I jot it down and then walk away. Moreover the excitement to continue lasts beyond the next session an carries for several redesigns until the next brainwave. Since I’ve employed this technique so effectively for material creativity, it certainly makes sense to follow suit for writing.

18 – Read for pleasure every day. And no, facebook doesn’t count.

While enjoying “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” over break, every few pages found me staring at the wall mentally composing in-text commentary or tangents.

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”                                                                      ~Sir Isaac Newton

Standing on the shoulders of authors of creative literature is as necessary to writing as, studying old scientific theories was to Newton.

19 –Write like you talk to your best friend. Be who you are in real life, with no concern or fear of how you’re being perceived.

Writing formally while brainstorming is akin to tying your shoes together while climbing a mountain. That said, it is comforting to know that you spent more time on each pebble as your crawled upwards. Writing freely and formally are both fine methods, it simply depends on what you prefer and on how well you can integrate the two dichotomies.

32- Look for the stories in your everyday life. Write about the fun stuff and lessons learned. Your daily writing will be fresh, authentic and easier to do.

Much like the note about reading before writing, I have used this as a method of creating or finding quality material that actually inspires me to write, rather than pulling words from the ether, (which is worse than pulling teeth).



Bryan Hutchinson

Highlights from 36 Writing Tips

From rewriting for new purposes to insights on avoiding writer’s block

Over the past week I have edited and reformatted an experiment outline/paper on geodesic domes into a science fair presentation and accompanying lab report. While performing the experiment was both interesting and amusing, the writing by contrast was disappointing and frustrating; changing the paper from 1st person to 3rd person and refining the future tense plans into present tense instructions, I was challenged both emotionally and technically.
Technically speaking, my problem was merely making sure that every “I will do this” was reduced to “do this”. Emotionally, my challenge was resisting the urge to re-edit my paper back to it’s original form. Taking the “I will” out of my paper made it sound impersonal and unenthusiastic, perhaps the psychology of those words is the annotation to self-which we naturally protect-and the annotation to what lies ahead-which many are excited for.
After laying aside my new paper for a day I found that the revised version was less odious than it was at first. My more objective perception found it logical and straightforward and I was less bothered by the absence of the first person.
Considering the final result of the paper and the way I viewed it, perhaps in future I can skirt around writer’s block by rambling in first person.

Considering the above paragraph, perhaps I found that answer intuitively first, and now have proved it twice.

From rewriting for new purposes to insights on avoiding writer’s block