Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tip O'Day #213 - Soul Satisfaction

Guest blogger Alyse Michele Gardner on putting yourself in your work.
When it comes to writing, I think that a lot of what you write should come from your soul. You should put as much of yourself into the piece of work as you possibly can, yet try not to be redundant. You can have similar things, and approach the same thing from different aspects, but don't write the same thing over and over again. However, what I stress the most is the factor of the soul.
To learn more about Alyse, she blogs at http://alysemgardner.blogspot.com/
Dixon says: A former member of my critique group was fond of making a statement, and then repeating the same concept in different words, and often giving it to us one more time. I found that approach annoyingly repetitive, but also insulting to me as a reader. “I don’t trust you to get it the first time, so let me try again.”
If you find yourself being repetitive, choose the most powerful version – the one from the soul – and slash the rest.

1 comment:

  1. I have new authors that ask me questions that I have probably answered to them personally a million times over. I don't want to repeat myself, so I kindly remind them of my previous answer.

    From my reader responses, I have inspired many and hope to keep doing that in the years to come.