Sunday, April 19, 2009

HARO Writing Tips PART 3

Continuing to pass on the great writing tips from those who subscribe to HARO, here is the third installment, here are several more contributions.  I’ll see you later, I’m going to apply Feng Shui to my writing space!

“The rules for writing a novel may be a mystery, but the Feng Shui rules for setting up the space where you write are well known.  Create a Writing Space.  Whether it is a separate room or only a corner of the kitchen, designate an area where you write; try to use the space at the same time every day.
Face the Door.  Sit in the power position, diagonally across from the door, so you are in command of your writing. Change Your View.  Hang artwork directly in front of you that shows gently moving water, which symbolizes flow and creativity for your writing projects.  Add Living Things.  Surround yourself with plants and flowers to represent the Wood Element, which encourages growth of your writing skills.
Enhance Your Fame.  Display copies of your published works, complimentary letters, and awards you have won in the Fame/Future area of your writing space to encourage you to move forward.
Call on Mentors.  Place copies of books or articles from writers you admire in your Helpful People area to act as mentors for your writing projects.”  From Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
"Never be afraid to let your story take its own form and find its own direction. Most writers who give up do so because they are trying to force their preconceived ideas onto the page."  From Ian Coburn  Author of "God is a Woman: Dating Disasters"

“While going over the final draft, read the entire thing out loud. (Yes, even for a book.) You’ll be amazed what you find that doesn’t work.”   From Doreen Orion, author, QUEEN OF THE ROAD.

“First, write with passion. Readers will be passionate about your work when your writing shines with passion. Second, write with conviction. Readers will be convinced when your writing is convincing. If you do not sound firm or sure of yourself, how could you convincingly convey your intended messages?  Your piece lacks firmness when it includes "honestly," "to be honest with you," or "to tell you the truth." If you use any of those in one sentence, does that mean the rest of your writing is not as honest?   So always write from your heart for a personal, passionate, and convincing read!” From Shirley Cheng, Blind and Physically Disabled Award-Winning Author, Motivational Speaker,

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