|Is Writing A Job? (standard:Editorials, 593 words)|
|Author: G.H. Hadden||Added: Jan 09 2006||Views/Reads: 2061/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Originally, this was a simple response to a post. Re: Is writing a job?|
Originally, this was a simple response to a post. Re: Is writing a job? I do believe writing should be treated as a job as much as possible. I hold down a "regular " 9-5 that pays the bills and still manage to write three good stories a year. Not many you say, but how many of those stories you bang out are really good? Don't force a story to come, just let it flow...Most good stories stem from dreams. My advice is to have a pad of paper near the bed, and when you awaken from a dream that is particularly vivid, write down the details. Also, write down sentences and phrases that pop into your head at night, or any time of day. I even do it at work. When you're thinking of a particular story, the phrases and sentences you jot down become paragraphs, filled in later. In this way, the plot fleshes itself out similar to the elements of your dream(s) to stitch together a first draft of a story. Play with it then, move text in blocks if you have to, and use the net to do research. If you talk about a 357 magnum in a story, get to know what the gun is, how it works and what actual users think and feel about it. Then you can accurately describe it in a story. When all this is done and you have a first draft, leave it alone for a while, and then come back to it a few days later. Clean up the text, invent new stuff, cut out unnecessary stuff, clarify stuff, and if you use the same words over and over, break out the thesaurus. Dictionary.com and Urbandictionary.com are your friends for accurate word usage and slang expressions respectively. Those are only two of many. Lastly, let it sit again for a while. Then read it over and over. Does it make you proud? Do you think you can do better? I always find something that can be improved, but eventually the last time I read it I find it finished. Nothing left to change. Them the story is done, right? NOT! There is a button on your word processor that checks spelling and grammar. Use it! Editors say it over and over, ad infinitum. Make sure your grammar, spelling, and structure is at the best of your abilities. There are English grammar websites out there if you need help. Don't be afraid to check them out. Only then is your story done. If possible, you should show it to friends to comment on, before posting or submitting for publication. When you do so, take their suggestions under advisement. Consider if their changes are of merit. If they are, change it. If not—then leave it alone. Lastly, if you follow this process of creating, stitching, research, and editing, then you should end up with a reasonably professional story. It can take a few hours, or it can take a few months. Whatever. Either way, you've treated it in a professional manor, even if it is only a hobby. PS: This is only a post, right? Well, that didn't stop me from pasting the text in MS Word, editing and cleaning it up and making sure it is as "clean" as can be. Now that I've done this, I think I will put this in the main site as an article of non-fiction. BTW, it took me exactly one hour and two minutes to finish this fully. Excelent time. Stop the clock...NOW! --G.H. Hadden Tweet
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