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Advice I'd Give a Newbie

Posted by Donna Dawson on February 24, 2014 at 7:10 AM

February 24 - Advice I'd give a Newbie Writer


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Don't write a thing until you have taken courses! New writers often bulldoze ahead, slapping words and phrases down on paper, calling them stories, like a child slaps fistfuls of mud onto a slab of cardboard and calls it meat pie. Is the pie edible? Possibly. Is it palatable? If you are an earthworm.


New writers are so in love with the idea of writing they often toss aside the foundations of writing just to get their ideas on page. Is it wrong? No but it certainly can be a waste of time.


Learn first! The child who scribbles numbers across a page assuming it is a complex algebraic solution is no less overzealous then the writer who spews streams of words without first learning what holds them together in spell-binding story craft.


When the writer learns the importance of phrase sequence, plot, sub-plot, characterization, setting, grammar, ebb and flow of theme—when that is absorbed through the osmosis of education—then the writer can truly offer their gift.


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Reply Peter Black
9:33 AM on March 25, 2014 
Ooh! Yes, Ruth, I'm one of those word-slapping (and older) newbies. However, I'm grateful for The Word Guild and the general collegial spirit in which aspiring writers can draw encouragement and coaching from experienced writers and authors. They share their expertise so freely.
I've learned much from others, although I'm still tramping the foothills of the craft.

Thank you for your sound advice. ~~+~~