10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

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This is so true!  I bang out stuff that never sees the light of day.   I vent on a new post that I never publish.  I keep post-it note pads everywhere in the house so that if I get an idea (some good, some not so much) I can jot it down.  My most valuable post-it note pad is by my bedside because frequently I write in my head in a dream-like state and too lazy to turn on the light, grab paper and pen, I say to myself, ‘oh, I’ll remember this when I wake up’ I never do and IT IS GONE FOREVER!

In the middle of the night I ‘dreamed’ a single line for a poem I was working on…..“an overachiever  dips into the nectar….” and yes, I turned on the light and wrote it down.  When I awoke in the morning the only thing I remembered was that I had a terrific line for my poetry but had no idea what it was.  Fortunately there it was by my bedside.

“Write When You Don’t”….I tend to marinate.  Writing in my head for sometimes days, I go to my keyboard when it begins to feel like my brain will explode.

NEVER, NEVER throw anything you write away!  My first book of poetry was a collection of stuff I had written for the past thirty years.  Just thoughts, musings, and free form poetry that ended up (with much editing) in a book.  Back in 2005 I wrote a piece about a famous murder case in the headlines and now here in 2012 it ended up in my book, “Monologues 4 Women”.  You just never know what can be dusted off and used.2A.girl.write..mouse_1
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