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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

letter-writing-picGreat writing in itself has become a lost art. When you have the option of sending a quickly typed e-mail or writing a note longhand and sending it via snail-mail, it doesn’t take much hesitation to choose. We live in a fast-paced world where everything is expected to be on demand.

I don’t know about you, but I love getting cards and little notes in the mail. It is nice to know that someone actually sat down and took the time to write me and think of me. It makes my day!

Letter writing is a lost art. This might seem so irrelevant to be writing on when this blog is about pursuing publishing. Please stick with me, there is a purpose. Letter writing is something that every writer should be able to do well. This is, not only in the business sense, but also in a personal sense. Writing is about relating and sharing a story or a vision with people. It is meant to be shared. This all comes back to relationships. Writing a personal letter is a great way to connect with somebody or to remind a friend or family member how much they mean to you.

Writing is relational. Don’t let this lost art die.

Challenge for the Week: Get out the paper and the quill pen (okay, maybe not that old), and write a letter to someone who means something in you life. I would suggest a writing mentor or someone who inspired you to be a writer. Send it via snail-mail. Comment on here when you have done so.

Happy writing and have a great week!

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Write a Novel in a Year

I decided today that of any goal I can make, I can say that I can write a novel this year. My goal is to write a page a day. This is something that is do-able and that I know I will be able to stick to. One page is not extremely daunting even given my work load and school work. In addition, I know that many of those days I will easily write more than a page. The point is to write something every day. By the end of 2013, I will have written and edited a novel. Depending on how things go, this may turn into two novels.

How many of you have similar goals? If you wrote one book this year, what would it be about?

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365 Page Book – Write On!

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What would your story say?

Write something worth reading, or do something worth writing – Ben Franklin

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Digging In

researchI am currently working on  my latest fiction piece. This novel I am hoping to have published. Something that is crucial in the writing of this book is knowing what I am writing. That might sound so obvious, but not everyone seems to realize just how important this is. In light of that, when you write, RESEARCH. Know the little details. Are you using a real town/city as the main character’s hometown? If so, research the place and if possible, visit it! Learn the culture. What are the best restaurants? Is there anything that is really notable about this place?

Not only will this help you in setting your scene, but it also creates a connection for readers who are from that area or areas that you talk about in your book.

If you are looking for an example, one of the best that I have come across is Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Drama Series which consists of Redemption Series, Firstborn Series and Sunrise Series. Bloomington, Indiana is the place of interest. It becomes so familiar as you read that you find yourself at home and are easily able to visualize it. It is one more way to make your story come alive.

Research.

Know what you are talking about. The difference an hour of research can make is incredible when it comes to writing. Know enough sensory details about this place that you are writing – sights, smells, atmospheres, people, etc.

What books have you read that create this kind of setting?

What city would you have be your main character’s hometown and why?  What makes it special?

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All-Inspired Writing Hour

Sometimes your best writing can come from hours and even days of tedious writing with the concept in mind, but no words come easy. Other times, you find circumstances or things around you that trigger something in your creative brain where in a split-second you can write a million miles a minute!

Often times, inspiration can spring from a comment someone makes and the emotions that are present within it.

Capturing the emotion of the moment is crucial.

Writers Challenge: Take one hour. Think about a story, comment, or circumstance that stirred you. Let your resulting emotions flood you as you take the inspiration and write a scene in your next novel that you can transfer those emotions to.

Ready? Set? WRITE!

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Loss of Words – 6 Word Stories

I am a person of MANY words. (Ask my mother. She will tell you that I can’t tell a short story to save my life.)

For this reason when my weekly assignment is due with a requirement to be between 225 and 275 words, I have the hardest time keeping it short. I just can’t seem to do it. How can you possibly make a point in 275 words or less and make it clear? I’m learning to do just that. In doing so, I am learning what details are necessary and which I can probably do without.

So I now have this challenge. Lately I have been bouncing anywhere between writers block, and writers run – where I can’t stop writing and have so many details and things that simply must be expressed. The challenge now put me at a loss of words. And in doing this I find out:

The ability to write well isn’t about how much you can write, but how much you can say without saying so much. 

Here is the challenge. Write a story in 6 words or less. Leave yours in the comments and share with friends. Let us see those creative juices get flowing! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Here is mine:

“Running hard. Pursuing Jesus. Always enduring.”

How much can you say without saying much?

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5 of the Best Ways to Beat Writer’s Block – Guest Post by 7th Grader Breanna McCann

1. Listen to Music: Listening to songs can give you great ideas and inspiration for your next writing! It works best if you listen for deeper meaning and try to analyze the lyrics of the songs!

2. Take A Break: I know when I type for a while, I lose inspiration sometimes. If this happens to you, take a break and get a snack or watch television for a few minutes, then come back and see if you’ve got new inspiration.

3. Be Prepared: Prepare for the battle with a writer’s worst enemy! Take a notebook and write prompts or things of that nature for yourself and then when you have writers block, come back and use your notebook to write something that will give you inspiration.

4. Fill In: Do you already have the end of your writing or a later event or point in your writing planned? Think of a great way to fill in from where you are now to where that event is. It’s like coming up with a perfect route from point A to point B!

5. Base It On YOU: Did something happen in your life that fills you with extreme emotion? Write about it! Fill people with the same emotion! Write something that’s based on that event! It’s all about YOU!

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