Friday, April 13, 2012

"You had to be there."

These words you'll probably never hear a good writer say: "I can't describe it.  You had to be there."

Writers (if they're any good) should know how to take the situation where the average Joe can't describe and paint a picture that makes one feel like you're right there and understand it.

And if you are a writer and find yourself wanting to say that, slow down.  Slow way down.  Look at the scene you want to describe.  Use all of the senses, if you have to, but even using one or two of the rarer senses used in writing (I'm thinking of smell, myself) can improve your writing greatly.

I challenge you to take a difficult situation to understand and start writing the events leading up to it.  You'd be amazed at how much more clarity you'll get.

All writers should strive to improve your craft.

You improve by writing every single day, rain or shine, in sickness and in health, until we part ways from this world.

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