Archives for May 2011

Writer’s Muscles

Now that I’m offically a “writer,” people frequently ask me:  “How do I become a better writer?”

My responses may vary some, but the key advice doesn’t change:  “Write more and read more.”

I especially like to encourage people to expand beyond what they noramlly write to flex those brain muscles.  Reaching beyond normal boundaries also provides writers a good break from their normal routines, and may just unearth hidden talents writers may not know lie beneath.

I took my own advice a few months back and participated in Writing.com’s 15 for 15 contest.  Contestants respond to a writing prompt title and image, and write a story, prose,or  poetry in 15 minutes or less for 15 days in a row.  I truly enjoyed the people I met virtually through the contest and found it to be an excellent exercise in ensuring I wrote — even just for 15 minutes a day — for over two weeks.  I even placed a few days, and below was what the judges named the winning entry one day.  I considered it a win that I hit all 15 days, and learned something in the process.

Writing Prompt

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