Friday, February 27, 2009

Writing Mistakes

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Rene pointed me in the direction of this awesome post from the Holt Uncensored blog. It's full of wonderful writing advice and lists the ten mistakes writers don't see. I urge you to take the time to read it.

Several good nuggets of wisdom stood out, but I love this one the best:

writing is a sign that you’ve lost interest or are intimidated by your own narrative. It shows that you’re veering toward mediocrity, that your brain is fatigued, that you’ve lost your inspiration. So use it as a lesson. When you see flat writing on the page, it’s time to rethink, refuel and rewrite. "

I have been cursed by flat writing before, and it's from all those reasons above - I'm too tired, I've lost my inspiration, or I just plain don't care. I think a writer is vulnerable
to this when editing, especially when that's all you've been doing is editing for days and weeks on end.

So take the time to "rethink, refuel, and rewrite." Your writing will thank you for it.

Now, go and read the rest of Holt Uncensored's wisdom, and have a great weekend!


  1. Very good advice! I know I've fallen flat before, too, so I'm going to write that phrase down - rethink, refuel, and rewrite. So helpful!

    Thanks, and have a super weekend, Melissa!

  2. Great advice Melissa. It's helpful sometimes to put space between our lives and our work. What we bring back to the words is always worth it, in energy, insight, vision.

  3. Excellent advice, thanks Melissa.

  4. Wonderful site--I just read all his advice--found a few new things to be aware of! Thank you! I'm passing it on to my writer's group.


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