Writing Tips by Gary Speer

Tips for writers, musing about writing and life

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Writers must love, or learn to love, language if they are to write well


Writers need to love language, everything about language. If you don’t find grammar, usage, words, word play, even spelling fascinating, chances are you’re not doing as well at being a writer as you might like. When it gets right down to it, words and all aspects of language — in my case the English language, most specifically American English — are all we writers have got. We really don’t even have our innermost (if there really is such a thing as “innermost”) thoughts without language, without words. Because without language, and specifically without words, we cannot have “thoughts,” can we? […] Read More >

Good writing is not technology, but technology may help


I was working diligently to try to put in my daily quota of written words this morning and took a break to read some writing tips from mystery writing master Larry Block. For all of us “oldsters” (I absolutely HATE that word) out there, Block is one of the masters of good fiction, and someone we remember from a previous lifetime ago as a columnist with “Writer’s Digest” magazine. For more than a decade, he did a monthly column geared primarily toward the whys, wherefores and how-tos of fiction writing. Block has gathered many of those columns into some volumes […] Read More >

Four tips to warm-up those ‘writing muscles’ in your head and fingers


Here are four ideas to help you get those creative juices, and those good old nimble fingers, started as you approach your daily writing routine. (I wrote a brief article about writing warm-ups some months ago. This is an elaboration of some of the stuff I said in that earlier article.) You can have some fun with your writing and stimulate those “creative juices” for the day by doing some useful “warm-ups” to get the words flowing. These ideas should work for you whether you keyboard your manuscripts or do pen-and-paper writing in a notebook. (Remember, too, that some very […] Read More >

Do you write best when there’s music, noise, or just silence?


How many of you out there have iPods or something similar and listen to music (or even watch videos?) while you write? Do you prefer some other sort of noise or activity going on while you write? Or do you insist on a nearly silent, isolated work environment when you’re writing. Whatever works for you and helps you write is, obviously, the best thing for YOU. I feel your pain if you require a lot of silence and isolation to be able to write. That’s pretty hard to find in our world these days. Lucky you if you’re able to […] Read More >

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