Reference books to improve your writing suggested by Writing Prompts for Rookie Writers
“Polishing Your Prose: How To Turn First Drafts Into Finished Work” by Steven M. Cahn & Victor L. Cahn
“The Complete Guide To Article Writing: How To Write Successful Articles For Online And Print Markets” by Naveed Saleh
“Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction and Drama: Seventh Edition” by Stephen Minot
^This one is the Eighth edition. It’s a bit pricey but if you can find it in e-book form then that’s great.
These three books I’ve borrowed from the library will improve your writing. I’m going through these books and they’re helpful.
Dear Writer’s block,
It’s not you, it’s me. I have a problem- in fact it is a chronic problem. I l call it my writing dilemma. My alter ego, my worse half, those eternal nagging thoughts that flows from my mind, when I try to write. My dilemma is “to write or not to write”. I am in a quandary as to whether I must put words to my thoughts or just let them be. After all why wake up sleeping dogs?
My thoughts reside within my brain, deep in the recesses of my inner self and should I open this Pandora’s box and let the thoughts out? That is why, dear Writer’s block, its not you, its me.
I am ruled by my inner self. I have thoughts that flit and flee through my mind. Should I catch them and pin them down or should I let them fly around? I believe in literary freedom. Don’t thoughts deserve their freedom too? After all who am I to tie down my thoughts to a piece of paper or in a computer software? Will I not be restricting their free flow, their growth?
My thoughts are multihued like a rainbow. Sometimes, they are coloured red and reach levels which can only be labeled dangerous. If let out, they would inevitably cause harm both to me(their writer) and to my readers. At other times, my thoughts are colored violet, more like purple. They take me down to the lowest levels of thinking that anyone can think. Wicked, revenge planning thoughts dominate my purple mind .
The thoughts I would really like to put down on paper are those that are in the middle of the spectrum, like blue or green, sometimes even yellow. These are thoughts that I have of a good life and how I would go about getting there, being generous without causing self harm with my generosity, talking and interacting with people in consideration of their feelings and their issues, spending money prudently and not going over board with my spending, thinking good thoughts about people and not their “bad” sides and so on. You get the hang of it, don’t you, Writer’s block? Its really not you, its me.
It’s me and my thoughts and my dilemmas and the rainbows in my head that keep me from writing.
But don’t worry, Writer’s block. I have found the solution.I will get over you.
I have with me a butterfly net, the kind that can catch butterflies but in this case, it will not be a butterfly it will be chasing; but my thoughts. This net is especially designed for rainbow thoughts. It has the ability to mark down my thoughts in the different colors they have a habit of taking. It has a section for my red thoughts (dangerous ones), orange thoughts (thoughts that come out on a rainy day, when I think of things that might have been), yellow thoughts (when I think about good and bad things together and usually the good thoughts take the upper hand), green thoughts(thoughts of good deeds for others), blue thoughts (thoughts of what I can do to improve myself, plans, lists and so on), indigo thoughts (thoughts where I think about how to improve myself and the thoughts that come in the way of improving myself) and finally my violet purple thoughts(my lowliest thoughts when I think of evil).
It is important that each of these is written down, writer’s block and that is the only way I can get muse active.
How do I plan to do this with a butterfly net? Oh, its not a butterfly net of the type you are thinking of, dear Writer’s Block.
I have bought myself a seven sectioned journal. It has one section for each one of my type of thoughts. When I write about what I feel and match my writing thoughts to the hues of my book, I will have a multi colored journal with many interesting pages to read. It will help me keep track of my thoughts and prevent them from spilling over. I need not worry about any thoughts that might have slipped through the holes in the net, because there is space for all my different thoughts, small and big.
Finally, Writer’s block, you and I may be standing at the cross roads of our lives. Maybe its time to say good bye. You have your road to take and I will take mine. I hope our roads will never cross again because companion though you have been to me, you have not truly been my friend. For no friend would be a block on his friend’s creativity.
So this is it, Writer’s Block. We part ways here. I wish you well. To be honest, I will not have a place for you to stay, should you choose to return.
Good bye and good luck, you ill-fated wayfarer,
A letter arrived,
Torrential rain and thunder,
Fragments of a dream.
As a very new writer, who started writing less than a month back, I have asked people what can I write about and the answer was almost always the same,” write about what you know”.
I am not sure what I know. I can read and write English and type fairly fast but what do I know really ? What can I write about ?
1. Am I a WordPress expert ? Not at all ( just about a month’s experience of bungling through WordPress, with a lot of help from people like Timothy Pike.
2. Am I a content writer ? I could be if I tried I guess but again, what can I write about. I am one of those people who writes when topics are given to me on a platter ( a prompt or an idea or a theme). I cannot write from my head. Which explains why I am not a famous writer or novelist ( at least not yet).
3. Can I write about health care ? Health is what I have been trained in but it is a field so vast that I would soon start struggling like a first time swimmer in water. I couldn’t keep my head above water or even below water, even if I was blowing bubbles by the dozen. If I tried, I could write something about the theory of research ethics, I guess. ( But who wants to read about research ethics)
The only thing I think I am knowledgeable about is myself: me and myself alone. Even that, I feel I am only discovering myself. I have recently discovered that I have an inner and an outer self. If I develop my inner self and learn to listen to it, I can nurture my outer self.
It makes me feel very inadequate when I read about people having their own niches in writing. I have no niche- i don’t even have a corner in which to write. My mind is as mixed up as a fruit mock tail, with its varying hues, its ups and downs, its lefts and rights. I don’t know what is right any more.
Two days back, I was writing an article on the use of topical anaesthesia before a laser treatment for a skin disease. If I got it right, I would be paid 6$. I haven’t been paid the 6 $ yet- so I know i haven’t done that right as yet. The revisions to this article are just not worth the effort in terms of money benefits but I know deep inside that I am better informed about topical anaesthesia than I have ever been in my life. I am still learning.
So really at the end of this post, I am where I began. I don’t know who I am; do I know anything at all; will I ever be able to write a piece titled : 10 ways to ——- or how to do ——– or Six things you should know about ——-.
I don’t know. All I know is that writing for myself is pleasure but writing for someone else is no fun at all, unless it is all worth the effort, in some way.