The Golden Inkwell

November 3, 2009

Writing Challenge: A New Style

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“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” – Linus Pauling

Every writer has their own personal style that they choose. Creative writers might write a poem or short story. Copywriters work with marketing and online posting, journalists write articles for newspapers. We all, at some point in time, touch base with one or all of the types of writing but how often do we really immerse ourselves in a different style of writing? How often does a creative writer decide to type up an article, or a journalist writing children’s literature? If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to break out of your comfort zone and try something completely different, then read on.

I’m not a very good poet, I’ll admit it. Despite the fact that I’ve read tons of poetry and even shed a tear or two (which I’ll never admit in person!) I can never seem to get the wording right, or the poem doesn’t flow, or this goes wrong and that goes wrong. However, I’d really love to write poetry. I love to read it, and I’ve read a lot of it, so why can’t I write a good poem?

After sitting down and giving it much thought I’ve finally figured out the answer. I’m not comfortable with it. I’ve never given poetry enough practice because my talent with poetry has always been way behind my fiction writing skills. That’s what inspired me to write this article (and, of course, some poetry) In this writing challenge, try to write in a style that you’ve never thought of before. If you’re a fiction writer, try some journalism. If you’re a journalist, try writing a short children’s story. If you’re a poet, try some non-fiction. Whatever it is, try to pick something you’ve yet to master and give it a serious try. You might be disappointed at the end result, but that’s okay. Just remember that you haven’t mastered that type of writing and perhaps you can work on it in the future. There’s never any harm in being able to work with multiple styles, especially if you’re writing for a living!

Have you own writing challenge? Feel free to post a comment or send it in as a guest post! Otherwise, you’re more than welcome to share you experience with the current challenge by commenting!

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November 2, 2009

Developing the Writing Habit

Filed under: General Writing — Kyle Wolff @ 7:00 am
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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury


“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~Ray Bradbury

Every writer must develop the habit of writing before they can create something truly unique and wonderful. Many beginning writers seem to think that the great authors constantly have amazing ideas, their inspiration never seems to run out after they writer novel after novel. But, this is not true. What you, as a reader, see of your favorite authors are their best work. What they don’t show you are the not-so-great pieces of writing. So, here are some tips to develop an unshakable writing habit. (more…)

November 1, 2009

What’s your point?

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“I like my friends to be the hitters. The pitchers, they all have the same brain as I do. The hitters see the game from a different perspective.” ~Joe Mays

No matter what kind of story you may be writing, it’ll have some form of point of view. A point of view is simply a term that states how the story is told. While writing, there are three points of view to choose from. First person, second person, and third person. So, how do we decide which point of view to use? The most common is third person, while the rarest is second person. But, does that mean we should always use third person? No, not really. Here’s each point of view and the pros and cons of using each one has. (more…)

October 30, 2009

Creative Writing Mistakes and tips

Filed under: General Writing — Kyle Wolff @ 3:49 am
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“Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.”
~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Creative Writing is essentially writing anything that is not journalism, professional, academic or technical manuals. Fiction, poetry, science fiction, thrillers, horror, drama, romance, these are all types of creative writing. This type of writing does take a different mindset. Creative writers work with new worlds, they create characters and places. However, there are some pitfalls many new writers make. With this article I’m going to cover a number of them so you will be less prone to making the same mistakes, along with a few general tips that will help improve your writing. (more…)

October 29, 2009

Write For Yourself, Not Your Audience

Filed under: General Writing — Kyle Wolff @ 2:07 am
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“Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.” ~Harlan Ellison

A very common thing that I’ve noticed when reading someone’s work, especially if they upload it to a site (like www.elfwood.com; being my favorite) they oft times read a comment that goes something like this. “Hey, great story, but you should do this!” and then they explain what ‘this’ is. Following this, (not the ‘this’ but this) the author then goes on to include that in their next piece of work.

Don’t do this.

If you write to please everyone in the world, in the end you won’t have anything to show. I have written poems or stories that I absolutely love and the first person I show them to after finishing says “That sucked.” As a human, your first thought would be to ask them why, then go off to make the changes to please them. The problem with this is what one person likes, someone else will hate. So, ignore this initial reaction. First and foremost, write for yourself and no one else. If you don’t like what you’re writing, scrap it. I couldn’t even begin to count the number of stories or poems I started writing only to delete everything in a fit of rage.

The hardest thing to overcome when learning to write for yourself is just that. Writing for yourself. So, how do you do this? Well, one way is to never show off your work, but what’s the fun in that? If you do decide to upload or print your work and show it to other people keep one thing in mind. This simple phrase will be the only thing you ever need. “It doesn’t matter what they say.” That’s it. That’s all there is to it. It doesn’t matter what anyone says about your writing, as long as you enjoy it.

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