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Greetings, Bearers!

Well, for the moment I can come out of the sports closet and proudly announce my love for the Chicago Cubs, as they lead Cincy while I write this, hoping that they’ll win this game  (Don’t worry… there’s still time for them to muck it up 😦  ).  I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and still have a love for them as well, although right now they’re down by seven against the Rangers.  People have asked me what I’ll do should the Cubs and the Tigers meet up in the World Series.  I’ll have to let you know when that happens 😀  .

(And who knows, it may happen before I reach 80…)

One of the things I do as a writer is listen to, and give advice to, other writers.  We bounce a lot off each other on message boards, and especially with regard to the specifics of our craft.  I thought I’d share a few of those with you in this post.  Even if you’re not looking to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor, you may find some of these helpful in any situation where you have to sit down and plink out your thoughts on a keyboard or write them on paper:

1.) The better a vocabulary you have, the better you can write.  Improve your vocabulary with a thesaurus.  If you see a word you don’t know, look it up on a dictionary (the widespread availability of portable tablets makes this easier than ever to do).  

2.) When you walk through a mundane activity, try to think of a creative way to describe it.  Suppose you’re the one in charge of taking the trash out to the curb every week.  How could you write about it and set it up in a way that makes it sound bigger and more enticing than just “I took the trash out”? Think about the sounds, the sensations, the color of the sky when you walk out the door with those garbage bags in your hand: what do they look like?  How can you tint your script with an innovative or poetic shade?  Doing so will draw in your reader, give him/her something to think about and enjoy, rather than saying in an apathetic tone “Oh, nice story.”

3.) Read good writers, especially the classics.  From Shakespeare to Melville to Milton to Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, fill your mind with the words, the descriptions, the structors of these and other embraced writers.  Even if they don’t fit your style or genre, give them a look. Remember: there’s a reason why some books and authors have the enduring legacy that they have.  They know something about putting together words and phrases.

Well, that’s it for now.  Only two and a half innings left, and we might break this six game losing streak!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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One Comment

  1. If you love the Cubs, then you have the patience and emotional damage to be a truly great author.


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