Identity Creation

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“Forge your identity. Say, “I am a writer!” Maybe you feel reluctant to say it because you think you’re not good enough? Well, forget about ‘good enough’! A writer writes. Do you write? If yes, then you are a writer. Plaster your home with notices that say, “I am a writer!” Tell people about it. When you next fill in a form, put ‘writer’ as your profession. Thinking of yourself as a writer will boost your confidence and unlock your creativity.”

For more tips from Mary Jaksch, click here.

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Plot Now, It’s Time

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“Give Some Thought to Plot.

Writing a novel can be a messy undertaking. The editing process will go easier if you devote time to plot in the beginning. For some writers, this means an outline; others work with index cards, putting a different scene on each one. Still others only have a conflict and a general idea of where they plan to end up before diving in. If you’ve been writing for a while, you already know how your brain works and what kind of structure it needs in order to complete big projects. If you’re just starting out, then this may be something you’ll learn about your writing process as you revise your first novel.”

To read more tips from Ginny Wiehardt, click here.

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Highlight Test

What is your favorite writing tool?

Ours is the Highlight Test. Editing Addict frequently recommends this tool—not just to novices—but also to our more experienced Writing Addicts.

How does the Highlight Test work? It helps writers see crutches in their writing—words or phrases leaned on…perhaps a little too much. As writers, we need those crutches at time in our lives—they make walking a success. The question becomes, what do we do with the crutches when we are prepared to run?

How to take the Highlight Test:

  • Use the FIND function, and search for key words that you overuse
  • Highlight all of them—ALL OF THEM
  • Read your manuscript again.
  • If you begin to get annoyed at all the highlighted words, guess what? So will your reader.
  • It’s time to remove some of those crutches, and see your writing get stronger, able to stand on it’s own.

Now, tell us your favorite writing tool!