Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 3)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

If you want to see part two, here you go.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling. The environment can thank me later.

You can find daily (if I don’t forget) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

I say this all the time:

You cannot rush creativity.

Nominations: 

  • Y
  • O
  • U

I know, I know. I said the following in my first post of this series:

“I’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.”

The rebel in me is nominating anyone and everyone who wants to partake in sharing quotes. Inclusiveness should be my middle name.

That’s all, folks. I’ll be back to my usual silliness tomorrow.

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 2)

Thank you Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy for the nomination.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling. The environment loves me.

You can find daily (if I don’t forget to post) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

In keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice for today is:

In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.

Nominations: 

Again, no rush and no obligation.

They are lovely bloggers and incredible people so show them some love.

Ready for part three or are you bored of me already?

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 1)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy. Thank you all.

Go follow them if you aren’t already. They are awesome bloggers and fantastic individuals.

As you can see, I’ve been procrastinating greatly on these challenges.

Cheers to overdue blog posts. It’s starting to become my style.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling.

You can find daily (if I don’t mess up) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

Keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice is:

When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.

Nominations: 

Do check out their wonderful blogs.

Don’t feel rushed. Don’t feel obligated.

If you’ve been nominated and completed this challenge already, blame me for not looking into it or remembering.

Because it doesn’t explicitly say that I need to let my nominees know I’ve tagged them, I’m not going to let them know. One, I’m lazy. Two, I love stumbling across a blogger who tagged me in a post without telling me. Three, I am a bit pressed for time these days.

Those are my excuses. Don’t steal them.

Writing

Writing A Strong Resume Tips

This post is geared mostly towards writers/bloggers but some of the tips can apply to just about everyone.

  • Minimize use of articles (a, an, the).
  • Omit first person pronouns (I, me, my, myself).
  • Use the active voice.
  • Don’t be wordy.
  • Avoid flowery and condescending language.
  • Mention that you can provide clips of published writings and work samples/include them if asked.
  • Include contact information. Possibly your website address or blog URL if appropriate.
  • Employ powerful verbs: created, devised, developed, drafted, envisioned, established, facilitated, inspired, organized, prioritized, produced, promoted, published, streamlined, etc.

It’s ironic how I’m giving tips on writing a strong resume when my own resume is in a serious need of an overhaul. Credibility diminished by 80 percent.

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Tips On Writing A Research Paper

Today, a teacher of mine announced to the class that I wrote an awesome research paper. I’m not sure I believe him, but here’s what I did.

  • Start researching early. The earlier you start, the more time you have. The later you start, the less time you have. Simple, basic logic. Too bad people enjoy doing this thing called procrastinating. I advise you not to jump on the bandwagon if you plan on writing an A+ paper.
  • Let your teacher guide you. Ask questions if you are confused. Seek clarification so you know what your professor is expecting of you. Email them if you’re too shy to speak to them face to face.
  • Pick the right number of sources. If you pick too many, your paper may be all over the place. If you pick too few, your paper may sound redundant. Depending on the length of your paper, the number of sources you use will vary. Sometimes your teacher gives a range. If that’s the case, aim to fall in the middle of that range.
  • Select the right kind of sources. Some sources won’t help you formulate your thesis, arguments, etc. Pick what you use wisely.
  • Record references and thoughts. I didn’t do this but had I done this from the beginning, my life would have been so much easier. I’m giving you a chance to learn from me. Take it.
  • Don’t fixate on your arguments too quickly. They may change. So don’t get caught up in saying something that you neglect to say another point that’s even stronger.
  • Polish, polish, polish. Grammar mistakes make for bad impressions. Spelling mistakes make for even worse impressions. Your chances of getting a good mark increases every time you read over your work and fix your errors.  
  • Save, save, save. You never know when the power may go out. A friend of mine learned this the hard way. Don’t make the same mistake she did.
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100 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, And Bloggers

I used to do these tips in segments. Each segment had 25 tips but since time flew by and laziness overcame me, I figured I would resurrect my writing tips, one hundred at a time.

All of these tips are posted on my Facebook page and Twitter account as well.

Enjoy!

  1. A story will tell itself when it’s ready to be told.
  2. Deadlines instill urgency. Urgency usually generates productivity.
  3. It’s never too early or too late to start writing.
  4. Never over explain but never understate. Seek a balance.
  5. Write whatever you want. Draw whatever you will. Perform whatever you can.
  6. You may disagree but do so respectively.
  7. Let your writing speak for itself.
  8. You need to write badly in order to learn how not to write badly.
  9. When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.
  10. Any amount of preparation is useless if you don’t follow through.
  11. Write like every day was your last.
  12. Stories make the world go around.
  13. Do not aim for perfection. You’ll only be disappointed.
  14. Follow the writing advice you give others.
  15. Writing a first draft is the only time you can ever settle for anything less than your best.
  16. Write like every day was your last.
  17. Write something, anything.
  18. Never confuse typing with writing. They are not one and the same.
  19. Choose every word you use carefully.
  20. Say what you need to—nothing more, nothing less.
  21. You are allowed to break the rules if you know the rules.
  22. A first draft is not perfect. Your job is to perfect it.
  23. There is no right way to write. Likewise, there is no wrong way to write.
  24. Always propel the story forward.
  25. Go back and rediscover why you started writing in the first place.
  26. The first step to success: self-trust.
  27. Test every chapter, every scene, every page, every word.
  28. Concentrate on the process first and foremost. The product comes after.
  29. Change your scenery both literally and figuratively.
  30. Your job as a writer is to bring the dull and mundane details to life.
  31. Search for the unseen in real life and in your novels.
  32. You know you’re finished writing when you’ve said just enough. Nothing more, nothing less.
  33. Read. Write. Repeat.
  34. You can let mistakes drag you down or help build you up.
  35. Some of the best stories come from the worst decisions.
  36. What you write today is not what you will write in a year’s time.
  37. Don’t settle for mediocre. Don’t even settle for good.
  38. Listen to what your stories tell you.
  39. What is unsaid is just as powerful as what is said.
  40. Great writing transcends one individual self.
  41. Turn pain into wisdom.
  42. Throw every idea onto the page. Surely one will stick.
  43. Allow people to read what you write. Let yourself be vulnerable.
  44. Pace yourself.
  45. The tiniest moment will make for a grand story someday.
  46. Numbers don’t matter. Words do.
  47. Know when enough is enough.
  48. When life gives you lemons, turn them into a story.
  49. Start something you know you will be able to finish.
  50. In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.
  51. Every excess word becomes a vice, a burden.
  52. Hard work knows no limits, no boundaries.
  53. The writing life is what you make it.
  54. Don’t believe everything you hear. Do your research, employ common sense, and ask questions.
  55. Write about the people who fascinate you.
  56. Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of writing.
  57. You will win if you refuse to lose. You will succeed if you refuse to fail.
  58. You cannot write for others. You must write for yourself.
  59. There is a fine line between being fancy and being formal.
  60. When in doubt, leave it out.
  61. You will never use all of your ideas. Your job is to choose which ones you do use.
  62. Fiction is a necessity. That’s why writers exist.
  63. Never start something you won’t finish.
  64. One day your tears, your pain, your hard work will pay off.
  65. Never lose focus, both in your life and in your story.
  66. There will never be ideal conditions to write.
  67. Quality over quantity. Always.
  68. Never agonize over a first draft.
  69. The best have failed and have fallen but have risen.
  70. The first step in becoming a writer is believing you are a writer.
  71. Today you may do something you couldn’t do yesterday.
  72. The only way you will ever finish any novel is to start it.
  73. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.
  74. Never take criticisms personally.
  75. Everything is difficult in the beginning.
  76. Learn to love writing. Or learn to love something else.
  77. Never let your failures affect your future.
  78. The only way to turn your ideas into reality is to put them on paper.
  79. Ideas can come from anywhere.
  80. First drafts are not perfect. Your job is to perfect them.
  81. Not everyone will like what you write.
  82. Don’t get cocky, conceited, or condescending.
  83. You must choose to never give up.
  84. You cannot blame anyone or anything for your failures.
  85. Being blind to your own mistakes impends your success.
  86. Assume that every word you write could be your last.
  87. A mind in motion tends to stay in motion.
  88. Luck manifests from hard work.
  89. All writers learn from trial and error.
  90. You cannot rush creativity.
  91. Small acts amount to great success.
  92. Edit as though the entire world will read what you have written.
  93. Every ambitious amateur can turn into an amazing artist.
  94. Every artist is a little crazy.
  95. Always leave a part of yourself on the page.
  96. Genius takes work, time, and effort.
  97. You tread on thin ice when you start to repeat yourself, over and over and over again.
  98. In order to write anything worth reading, you have to take risks.
  99. Short and sweet over long and bitter.
  100. If you must express yourself to feel alive, you must keep on writing.

I do realize that writing tips number 22 and number 80 are almost exactly the same so here is an additional tip to make up for my mistake:

  • When you make a mistake, own up to it. 

Fitting, isn’t it? You may be wondering if I did that on purpose. Well, I didn’t. It was a complete accident. Sorry about my previous error in judgement.

Links to similar posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Until next time everyone! (Next time being about 100 or so days from now.)

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Dear Insecure Writers

To all you wonderful writers out there, know your worth even if no one else does. 

Love your writing because it’s special, unique, original. Love yourself for the same reason. 

Writing

How To Impress A Writer

Thing is I’m not easily impressed. Perhaps, I’m just extremely picky as an editor/reader. Or perhaps I search too hard for perfection in every piece of writing. Whatever the case, I always find myself secretly correcting grammar mistakes, mentally rewording sentences, and fixing punctuation problems.   

Sometimes, however, I am blown away by the calibre and merit of an article. So when am I impressed and how do you impress a writer with a critical eye?

Get to the point. The quicker the better.

Write purposefully. I don’t want to read 10 pages of meaningless prose.

Make the reader think. People have a brain remember?

Stop the gimmicks, stay consistent. Need I say more?

Don’t overstate everything. Likewise, don’t understate points of importance.

If you can achieve all five beautifully, you’ve done what most cannot. That is you’ve managed to make an impression on me and maybe even a long lasting one.