Some ways to improve our writing.
Once we have beaten writer’s block, found our stories, and drafted them, then comes the intense process of editing.
This is where we put ourselves to the mirror as writers and start to notice the blemishes and strong sides of our writing.
Over time there are rules that we learn from editors, teachers, readers, bloggers and other writers that make that looking glass moment bearable.
These vary from ‘Thou Shalt not’ to ‘our writing will be stronger if we do …..’
Then there are specific formulas to poems, novels, genres within novels that gradually become set in stone, and then are challenged by those who don’t want to follow rules but make new ones. Before we break rules it is good to understand them, and then work out why it is we might depart from them or reinvent them.
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