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

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