Is this why writing is so hard?

To write we must have a clear head. Yikes!

David McCullough quote - Writing is thinking.

Improving Your Writing Will Improve Your Thinking

Okay…

Which comes first thinking or writing? Writing or thinking? What about ideas first, then writing/thinking???

Bitmoji Jean Cogdell headache

 

Ouch, think I just got an idea and my brain hurts.

 

 

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Most popular posts of the past 7 years

My how time flies-7 years and counting.

Some days I find it hard to believe I’ve been on WordPress that long.

Other days, I feel as though I’ve been writing blog posts for a zillion years. LOL

Over time, my blog has evolved and changed several times. I’ve written 3 books for children, dabbled with coloring books and journals. I’ve had several flash fiction stories published and entered a few contests. (Placed but never brought the top trophy home.)

So, in honor of me sticking with one thing for 7 years, I’m sharing 7 popular posts. One for each year. Please don’t be too critical of the really old ones.

It’s been a wonderful, maddening journey where I’ve met great writers who have encouraged and helped me improve my craft. Thanks, to everyone for hanging in there with me.

I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane. 

  1.   – South of the Border Magic 
  2.  – Sparks of Creativity  
  3.  – The magic happens here 
  4.   – This is what they don’t tell you about becoming a writer.
  5.   –Do You know how to write a book review? 
  6.  – How to take your idea to story
  7.   – You need to double your amazon security
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How to make finding just the right title fun

Do you write the story to fit the title or the title to fit the story?

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I find it easier to write the story to fit a title. The title for me is a bit of a springboard.

But, my newest work-in-progress, I began writing the story without an inkling of the title. I do have a working title but nothing has jelled for me.

Has this ever happen to you?

Do you discover the right titles easy?

No matter which you do first, have a little fun playing with the words of a title and see where it takes you.

To help, check out these quirky generators. Although you may not find the perfect title for your story, the process may trigger your muse.

Book Title Generators by Tara Sparkling

Book Title Generator by Reedsy

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The Memory String by [Bunting, Eve]The Worst Class Trip Ever by [Barry, Dave]

 

Know how to put the magic in words?

Style Baby! All Style.

Magic is not in the content but in the style of the words.

How a story or speech is presented determines how the audience perceives the style.

So, just how do we add style and swag to the story?

Try these…

  1. Adverbs. (less is better.)
  2. Put the rhyme in order. (put the word you had to force to rhyme in the first line, and the good rhyme in second.)
  3. Long sentences are not good. (pepper short sentences among the few long.)
  4. Spellchecker is your friend. (use them.)
  5. Consistency is paramount.
  6. Tongue tangled sentence, (rephrase.)
  7. Be brave. (forgo the highlights and exclamations.)
  8. Do not fear short paragraphs.

Bonus #9: Sometimes you need to break a rule. If you love it, write and rules be damned.

For a more detailed explanation of the 8 rules, read 8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Style from the Oxford-Royale Academy 

What do you think? Is style as important as the story?

Will people enjoy reading a story with a little more swagger and style?

 

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