Writing Tips & Tools Part 1

I haven’t been pleased with my writing lately so this post is sort of a note to myself, but you might find some value in it too.

If you want to be a great writer you need to be able to live and relive your pain. You have to touch it, feel it and roll around in it. That isn’t hyperbole, it is just how it works.

Pain provides opportunity, introspection, description and discussion. I don’t think that you always have to be sad, angry or upset to come up with great writing but it helps, especially when it comes to certain topics.

I am an advocate of simple writing, especially when it comes to blogging and general fiction/nonfiction. Make it easy for people to relate and to understand what you are trying to say. At the same time I am also a proponent of building your vocabulary. It is ok to mix things up occasionally and sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes you may find a less common word or something obscure.

It is part of how I got turned onto defenestrate. I can’t remember where I first heard or read it but it stuck with me. Really it is a great word and a useful tool for helping you to distinguish yourself.

I don’t believe in writer’s block in the sense of being unable to write. I believe that sometimes we get frustrated with the quality of our writing and this leads us to limit or feel limited in our ability to produce content. Exercise and music usually help me get around this but the most important thing to do is to sit down, shut up and write.

And now as promised I have a list of links to old posts that are worth a second look:

  1. Streets of Philadelphia
  2. I Am A Better Father Than You Are
  3. Be A Better Blogger- Writing Tools
  4. Build Connections & Community
  5. My Stairway To Heaven
  6. More than Heaven Will Allow
  7. Becoming a Dad
  8. Dad’s Most Important Job
  9. A Decade of Dad
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