How to Trust Your Writing: 3 Tips from Renowned Novelists

Some great advice here:

http://mandywallace.com/trust-your-writing/

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Writing prompt – where have you been? #3

Look back through your diary/calendar for the last week, month, or year. Make notes as you do this: themes, topics, places, thoughts, feelings.

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Now read through your notes and respond to this prompt:

When I look back though my diary/calendar I notice:

Continue writing  for 15 minutes. Don’t edit or censor, just let it flow and see  where it  takes you.

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Writing prompt – character development

Take a notebook to a public place. Observe someone for a moment. Make a note of their appearance, their mannerisms, and, if you are able to hear, some of their conversation.  Now imagine some extra details by creating a list of questions that you will answer about them:

Your list could include:3582448109_5d8301fc7b_z_1

  • what is their home like?
  • who lives there with them?
  • if they have a job, what is it?
  • what is their secret?
  • etc etc

Generate a list of questions. Then answer them.

Now write a scene featuring this character (make sure you give them a name).

 

Write for at least 15 minutes, without pausing to edit or censor. Let it flow, see where it takes you.

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Writing prompt – inner critic #5

What stops you writing? Is there an internal critic that undermines your plans; tells you that your writing won’t be good enough; that you shouldn’t be writing? Write a dialogue, a debate between  your inner critic and an inner supporter; someone who believes in you, and encourages you.7291254-3d-people-in-a-debate-isolated-over-a-white-background

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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Writing prompt – journaling tip

You can use this technique as a personal development tool or for creative development. Ask yourself open questions (e.g. what do I want? how will my character deal with…? why is … happening?)

Answer them in your journal. Don’t wait until you think you know the answer. Start writing and see what emerges.

Write  for 15 minutes. Try not to pause, edit or censor.journal-1024x685

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