You worked long and hard on your manuscript. You spent weeks, months, years fine-tuning. You stared at the pages until you came to hate them, until you barely remembered writing the words. Perhaps you're between edits. Perhaps your baby is off with beta readers. Your manuscript is tucked safely in a drawer, and you are free to wrestle your life from its pages.
The first day after my current work went off to betas, I relaxed. I relished in my newfound freedom. The second day, I stared at the wall and chewed my fingernails. If you're suffering from writing withdrawals, here are ten ideas to try out.
I hear your protests. Writers are like squirrels? No, writers must be something majestic—deer, elephants, antelope.
No, my writerly friend, you are a squirrel. If you're not, you should be
While editing, keep an eye out for these red flags. They may not be wrong 100% of the time, but they often indicate the prose could be stronger. If you see these red-flag words during revision (because I know you're not editing during your first draft) give them a second look and make sure they really work.
Writers write. And writing is the absolute best way to become a better writer. But here are a few aspects of writing that don't involve pen and paper.
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