Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bring Your Journal into Focus



If you're having trouble writing in your journal, the problem may be that you don't have a clear picture of your audience. It is much easier to write with an audience in mind. The trouble is that we don't want an audience for our journals. We want this to be the one place we can let it all out. So, how to get around it? Name your journal and write to it as if you're writing a letter. Or, do as I do and write to your inner voice.


Tip of the day... To make writing in your journal easier, write to a fictitious audience as if you were writing a letter or talking on the phone.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Get Ready to Write in 2008

You say you want to be a writer? What do writers do? They write. So, let’s get ready to write in 2008. I had a woman ask me if I wrote in my journal every day. I don’t. Not every day, but pretty close. I have found that my writing is better on the days when I take a few moments in the morning to write in my journal. I think it has something to do with clearing the head and waking up that muse that was snoozing while he/she waited for me to make the commitment.

Tip of the Day… In the next few days, we’ll get to some points on how to make the most of a journal. For now, just make the commitment to write … fun writing, practice writing, just blowing off steam … every morning for the first week of 2008. I think you’ll be converted if you stick to it for a solid week.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Move Forward

To me, it's easier to re-write a piece than to write it. And, to me, the creative process becomes constipated by stopping and starting to correct and second guess yourself.

My tip for today is to move forward. Revise or re-write another day.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Adjective Arrest

If you find you're using too many adjectives, check to see if your nouns are specific enough.

For example... The noun building is less specific than house, factory, cabin, shed, shop, chalet, hut, cottage, etc.

If you use the word building instead of one of the more specific choices, you have to apply more adjectives to draw the pictures with your words.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Welcome to Tip of the Day

I'm Lou Belcher. I'm a freelance writer, editor and photographer. Frequently, I'm asked questions about writing and publishing. In Tip of the Day, I'll share some of what I've learned over the years. I intend to fill this blog with valuable tips for writers of all levels. Fiction writers; non-fiction writers; writers of short stories, novels, textbooks, magazine articles, and writers for the web will find useful information here to help them improve and enjoy their writing.

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