Writing Outside of Your Computer

Writing Outside of Your Computer

Writing outside of your computer …

meaning that you do it with your hand via a favorite pencil or pen … and the heart leads. pencil write

There’s much to be said for stepping away from electronics. Connect your brain with the flow and rhythm of your hand, your arm. Let your imagination guide you.  It’s easy to glare at a computer screen. And get stuck. Get unstuck; kickstart your creative juices by doing this exercise: write with pen or pencil.

Consider starting your writing with the beginning of a sentence or a phrase that you glance at when you open a book–any book–and just see what ends up on the page in front of you. Then tweak it … whether you can use it or toss it doesn’t matter. You are warmed up.

Many a writing coach, a muse, will encourage you to step away from your routine of writing and do it differently. The result just may bring a spring into what follows.

 

John2005John Maling is an Editor and Indexer. He’s the authu.or of the multi-award winning book, Have Your Ever Held a Mountain? His website is EditingByJohn.com and email EditingByJohn@aol.com.

When, and When Not, to Use Abbreviations in Writing

Authors are always looking for shortcuts and quick tips. Here’s two that you can use immediately:abreviations

1    Always spell out the name of a state or countries; don’t use abbreviations. E.g., CO should be Colorado; Can should be Canada, Eur should be Europe, SC should be South Carolina. (An exception would be DC for District of Columbia.)

Ditto with companies and associations. You may know what they stand for, but your reader may not.
 

2     Mix your sentences lengths up. Long sentences are, well, long. The reader gets lost and either starts over oparagraph4

starts readabilityskipping. Don’t get caught up in paragraph perpetuity. Today’s reader needs visual breaks. Think short paragraphs in your writing. You want the reader to feel comfortable as he or she reads your amazing copy.

 

John2005John Maling is an Editor and Indexer. He’s the author of the multi-award winning book, Have Your Ever Held a Mountain? His website is EditingByJohn.com and email EditingByJohn@aol.com.