Here's a sample of my writing lessons:
The Writer’s Block
Activate it All
One key to creating powerful text and story is to active your writing. What do
we mean by “activate”? We mean, well, activate.
Journey to your trusty bookstore. While there, locate your favorite
bestselling novelist’s shelf space. Pluck from it his or her latest title.
Scan through the text. Because today’s novelists tend to be lazy writers—if
they can be considered “writers” at all and not merely “novelists”—you’re sure
to find a few sentences that read something like this:
“Stacy was running quickly through the forest, with her pursuer running
swiftly after her.”
OK…ugh…Now, simply put, that doesn’t work. It’s a lazy sentence that lulls us
to sleep. We, as readers, want action. We want it quick; we want it precise;
we want it to seduce us.
Therefore, the first thing we do is remove the passive voice.
“Stacy was running quickly, through the forest…” becomes “Stacy ran quickly
through the forest…”
At this point, we’ve paired two needless syllables that just get in the
reader’s way. Next up, we want our text to become precise. The phrases
“running quickly” and “running swiftly” don’t jump out and grab us. As
writers, we want to reduce our adverb use by no less than 90%. Adverbs are
bad; lazy writers employ them, and they lull us into boredom. Let’s make our
text it snap, crackle, and pop.
Rather than “Stacy was running quickly through the forest, with her pursuer
running swiftly after her…” we’ll craft the sentence to read:
“Stacy darted through the forest; her pursuer sprinted after her.”
Do you see the difference? Do you see the magic? Reading that sentence, my
first instinct is to call the police!
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a novel, a short story, an autobiography,
or a sales letter. Activate whatever you pen, so your reader becomes engulfed
in your words.
Until next time…
Peace & Luv