Writing Up a Mess - 1
Writing a mess - 1
Have you got problems writing a novel, an article or a paper or a report? Don't know where to start? How about starting with a good MESS?
Lots of Tips
I think this subject deserves a series, and rather than create one long article that people might get tired of reading, I am going to use these articles to illustrate how you can write up a mess and then get it into order.
Tip number 1 - Keep a notebook.
Now I know that's one that many people mention but it is an EXCELLENT tip. It doesn't have to be a big notebook, I have a tiny one I keep in the back of my fanny pack (for American readers) / bum bag (for British readers) and a pen or pencil, so I can write in it, even with no access to computer or tablet. That notebook got me a PersonaPaper post this morning, on a conversation overheard on a train , right before this one.
I used to keep a file in work, many years ago, before we had any access to computers and every morning, when I arrived in, I wrote down ONE SENTENCE about something that had occurred to me during the drive to work. One day, it was a comment on how the snow clouds had seemed to follow me during the morning drive and I was able to incorporate that into a piece of fiction writing because those clouds had seemed menacing; and writing it down straight away kept the sense of menace within me that I wanted to give my readers.
By keeping a notepad and writing down a comment on something around you (even the weather) or a thought that has occurred to you, you are not having to sit down and think "I must write something", you are just noting down a comment or thought and by-passing that dreaded editor saying "That's no good .... snarl".
How Will This help me Write a Novel, Article, or Report?
It will all come together. I am using this technique to write a long piece of work, currently 80 pages and it has been written this way.
Next Tip - Keep a Journal
You can read the next tip here
And you can read tip number 3 here.
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