Over the holidays, I asked folks in my online network to share one-sentence writing tips. Here are four more.
Jackie Pelham – “Let the muse flow then wait a few days and edit.”
Dixon Rice – “Most of us can’t find our own mistakes; if there isn’t a local writing critique group, start your own.”
Gil Roscoe – "One must stand up to life before one sits down to write." (Thoreau)
Michael Snell – “Replace ‘Driving my car down the road, I threw a can out the window’ with ‘Driving my battered green 1997 Subaru down Route 6, I threw an empty Diet Mountain Dew can out the window.’ “
Dixon says: Michael provided a great example of using specific details to breathe life into a scene. Jackie and Gil got in touch with the soul of the writer. Me? All I could come up with was a crappy little nuts-n-bolts tip about getting out of the house in a way that doesn’t make your Significant Other suspicious. Sigh…
Tomorrow, more one-sentence writing tips from Mike Snyder, Linda Swink, Mark Terry, Claudette Walker and Kristen Wood.