Writer’s Rule Number Two

Study Grammar

By Annette Rey

Yuk! Grammar?

Spend time learning grammar? I can hear the comments. What? As if I have time for that!

Do not think that the study of grammar is boring or unnecessary and do not postpone this study for your editor to correct for you.

As a writer, you should be proud to master your language.

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Writer’s Rule Number One

No Excuse for Writer’s Block

by Annette Rey

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.  Stephen King

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Never An Empty Brain!

Number one rule for writers is: Never Stop Reading.

I briefly covered this in my post of November 1, 2020. As stated, reading is a writer’s food that builds a healthy brain, adds to his education, supplies inspiration, and enables him to glean new ideas to produce his own new writing projects.

But there is more reason to read than that…

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Rules for Writers and Welcome My Return

By Annette Rey

Not the why, but the what. Ernest Hemingway

I am ashamed to come back to my blog and I am ashamed to have been gone from it for ten months. Not writing on it is the larger of my two embarrassments.

It takes nerve to come back after an absence. Part of what makes me return is to be an inspiration to others who have abandoned their work for any reason and need an example to show them they can resume their work online.

My absence has had nothing to do with writer’s block. As my site title indicates, I do not believe writer’s block exists, per se. I believe if we accept as concrete fact that something ethereal exists, that belief can affect us in a material way, positively or negatively.

In this case, the result would be negative. I would be stopped in my tracks if I gave credence to the belief that such a thing as writer’s block is real, as much as if I were paralyzed and fearful of a tiny spider. My reasoning tells me I am much larger than the spider and I have many options to deal with it.

I am not powerless.

I am resourceful!

Therefore, I keep my mind open and grab any object from my environment and there I have it – a topic to write about. I write encouragement to others and I exercise that encouragement toward myself.

If I had posted one to two times a week over the past ten months, I would have had to come up with forty to eighty ideas to write about. Sounds daunting stated that way, doesn’t it? But, I must have at least three ideas a day come to me, so if anything, I am at ease and ahead of the game at present.

Wasting no more words on reintroduction, allow me to regale you with a writer’s understanding and encouragement for other writers.

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Number One Rule for Writers:  Never stop reading.

Reading is a writer’s food to build a healthy brain, to add to his education, to supply inspiration, to glean new ideas for your own writing from the pages you are reading.

In the past ten months I have read books on:

The psychological effects of architecture on the human psyche (dry but insightful),

The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman (fascinating, an exciting look into the lives of innovators and our Earth’s geology),

1984 by George Orwell (believably scary),

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and various Jewish memoirs from the Holocaust (truthful history and truly scary),

Several books on the lives of medical examiners and the science of autopsies including the background on the massive coordination of equipment and people handling the human remains of 9/11 (all respectfully written and meaningful from many aspects),

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehinger (no space between the J and R), (utterly humorous),

The psychopathy of criminals (a writer needs to know these things to make his characters and their interactions believable),

many books on writing (I am eager to share writing techniques with you),

books of quotations (food for thought),

trade and conservation magazines (a writer needs info that is up-to-date),

and more…

You get the idea. Be widely read. The more you know, the more easily the pen glides.

I will follow this post with more Rules for Writers and thoughts and partial reviews on many of the books I have read as that information relates to writers and writing ideas.

Welcome again, and get ready for a blast of knowledge.

It’s good to be back.

Do You Need Help Creating Interesting and Unique Titles?

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer May be Helpful

By Annette Rey

CoSchedule (https://coschedule.com/) is a site that offers software that helps businesses get organized. The site also states they have a program that can help you save time, publish more consistently, and grow your blog traffic.

Like any business, they are in business to make money, so their software has a price.

But I discovered they have a free tool on their site called Headline Analyzer. This can be of use to writers to improve their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) results in creating productive titles for their blog posts. The Analyzer reveals some interesting details and some fun facts about your input.

Let’s take a look.

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Conduct First-Hand Research for Writing Inspiration

Places to Experience and Enjoy

By Annette Rey

My last post suggested you break the monotony in your life and get out of your house to collect new experiences and material about which to write. You can take this new knowledge and adapt it to a fiction piece, poetry, haiku, or create an article about the experience that you may query a magazine to publish.

I promised in my next post to list opportunities, many of them free, that may also be available in your area. You will be surprised at the variety of offerings that can get your writing juices flowing.

Here is the info.

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BULLETIN! Writer’s Digest Has Not Breathed Its Last Breath

What a Relief!

By Annette Rey

In March I informed you of Writer’s Digest’s parent company filing for bankruptcy. It was open to speculation whether another interest would find value in purchasing WD.

It’s all been rather hush-hush until now. In the November-December 2019 issue of WD, the Editor-In-Chief speaks.

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Challenge to Writers: Jump Into a Blissful Research Break

Boy, Have I Been Having Fun!

By Annette Rey

Any time away from your daily grind job is fun, right? Well, I have been recently blessed with a relief in my workload. I am spending that time enrolling in free, educational, one-day events around town (at colleges, nature centers, libraries, and churches)*.

These are marvelous opportunities for writers. Waves of new information enter your head and the creativity part of your brain lights up. I will be sharing these experiences with you, encouraging you to search out the same types of opportunities in your part of the world. You will be amazed at what is out there to stoke your writer’s imagination to help you break through anything you may think is writer’s block.

Take a look.

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Create Creative Characters

Use Your Imagination

By Annette Rey

When was the last time you were awed by a new invention? Did you say to yourself, “I wish I had invented that!”

Well, set your imagination free and create creative characters!

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What Person Has Most Influenced Your Life?

For the Good or for the Bad

By Annette Rey

Here is a dynamic exercise for you to investigate your own life, like examining the growth rings of a tree. Delve deeply into your psyche and your memory and answer the following fifteen questions. You will discover new things about yourself, a significant person that has profoundly affected you, and your past. This may take some courage to complete. Do you dare?

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Open Your Story with a Wow!

Engage Your Readers at the Start

By Annette Rey

How quickly do you get bored when a story doesn’t get to the point right away? Are you disturbed when the location is not made clear? What if an opening begins with dialogue? Those words better be dynamic, right?

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